Kansas leading scorer Perry Ellis will return to school

Kansas Jayhawks big man Perry Ellis announced late Monday that he will return to school for his senior season.  This year, Ellis was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder averaging 13.8 points and 6.9 rebounds respectively.

The decision was made official at last night’s team banquet and is a major boost to the program’s future.

“I’ve been talking to my family and to coach (Bill) Self about the future. Looking back on this season, there is still a lot on the table,” Ellis said Monday. “I feel that it would be best for me to come back.”

The 6-foot-8 forward made an extremely intelligent decision returning to school primarily because scouts had questions about his size and positional fit.  Most draft analysts did not foresee Ellis being drafted in 2015 and another collegiate season will give him extra time to improve his draft stock.

In 2015-16, Ellis must show scouts that he’s capable of overcoming what he may lack in size with his quickness and low post moves.

If he’s able to quell the doubters, Ellis could sneak into second round, but a strong NCAA Tournament could skyrocket his status even further up NBA draft boards.

While many of the nation’s top teams have lost significant portions of their 2014-15 rosters, Kansas will return its top three scorers from an extremely talented squad.  Despite being a number two seed, the Jayhawks were bounced prematurely from the 2015 NCAA Tournament leaving a bad taste in the mouths of many of the players.

Ellis will look to rebound the program from the disappointing loss and lead Kansas to their 12th straight Big 12 regular season Championship.

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