With the program’s 12th consecutive Big 12 championship already taken care of, No. 1-ranked Kansas (26-4 overall, 14-3 Big 12) plays its final home game of the season against high-scoring No. 21 Iowa State (21-9, 10-7) on Senior Day.
It’s Senior Day at Kansas, which means Perry Ellis is about to play his final game at Allen Fieldhouse. Kind of hard to comprehend, considering how impactful Ellis, a senior from Wichita, has been in his four seasons at KU.
This year, Ellis is averaging a team-best 16.3 points per game on a balanced squad, shooting 52.3% from the field and hitting 47.2% of his 3-pointers, plus chipping in 6.1 rebounds. Pretty impressive senior campaign.
More on Perry Ellis, the 6-8, 225 senior forward from Wichita who is playing his final game at Allen Fieldhouse today:
- He’s coming off his 10th 20-point game of the season — 7 of those coming in Big 12 play
- Currently 12th on KU’s all-time scoring list, with 1,645 points
- Enters today 13th in KU career rebounds, with 792
- He’s the 6th player in KU history to crack the top 13 in both points and boards, joining Danny Manning, Nick Collison, Raef LaFrentz, Clyde Lovelette and Dave Robisch
- Ellis (6.0 rebounds a game) and Georges Niang are the only two Big 12 players in the top 9 in scoring and rebounding in the league
- Ellis has come down with 9 or more boards in 8 games this season
Because it’s Perry Ellis Day — umm, I mean Senior Day — here are Ellis’ individual game career highs:
Points: 32 vs TCU in 2014
Rebounds: 14 at TCU in 2014
FGs: 13 vs TCU in 2014
FGAs: 28 this season in 3OT vs Oklahoma
3s: 3 vs Texas Tech in 2015 and K-State this season
FTs: 11 vs Tennessee in 2014
FTAs: 13 vs Kentucky this season
Assists: 5 vs TCU in 2014
Steals: 3 on 4 occasions, last time vs. Oklahoma State in 2015
Blocks: 3 on 4 occasions, last vs. TCU this season
Minutes: Of course, 53, vs. Oklahoma this season
Who scores the first basket for KU? Perry Ellis or Evan Manning? Kidding. Definitely Ellis. Would be cool to see Manning score vs. ISU starters though. Great kid.
All rightl Let's play some hoops. Building is jacked.
Matt Thomas guarding Evan Manning, saggins way off when off the ball.
Mason drives in for KU's first hoop, coming after an Ellis offensive rebound.
Mickelson goes fade-away jumper vs Niang and misfires.
Niang already with 4 points for ISU. Nothing would make that guy happier than leading the Cyclones to a win at Allen Fieldhouse. Great offensive player and veteran.
Ellis gets on the scoreboard with a 3 from the left corner over Nader.
Thomas hits a corner 3 in front of KU bench and gives them a glance after hearing them yell at him while lining up the shot. ISU up 6-5 early.
Traylor knocks down a jumper over McKay from the right side. Tough shot. But it's Senior Day, so of course it drops.