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Friday / February 22.
  • Perry Ellis Enjoys Kansas Home Visit (UPDATED)

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    Perry Ellis hosted Kansas head coach Bill Self and assistant Danny Manning Friday for a home visit.

    “It went really well,” Fonda Ellis, Perry’s mom, told by phone.

    “They think that he could do so many things for them. He’s so versatile that they could use him in so many ways.

    “They said he reminded them of Marcus Morris and they showed us a video of his highlights. We saw a lot of similarities of how Perry plays. They said Perry could play all over. He could guard a guard. He could play on the perimeter. He could be a four. That’s what they’re excited about, he could be a mismatch for some teams.”

    Next up is a home visit with Frank Martin of Kansas State on Monday, followed by Gregg Marshall of Wichita State Tuesday.

    Kentucky coach John Calipari will meet with Ellis Sept. 16 upon returning from Olympic qualifying in Argentina.

    Providence, fresh off getting pledges from Kris Dunn and Ricky Ledo, has also been in touch but won’t be added to the list of four.

    “Providence is trying to get involved,” she said. “They followed him this summer and really like his game and wanted to talk to us but Perry’s all about being comfortable and all these coaches that he has on his list have followed him and recruited him for three years at least. He’s all about being comfortable with the coach.

    “We’re not even gonna open it up anymore.”

    Fonda said no officials have been set and they would wait until after the home visits are completed.

    “We’re gonna wait until we have all his in-home visits first before we decide who’s Midnight Madness to visit or whatever,” she said. “We want to make that decision after, so no officials are scheduled.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.