Perry Ellis gets a pat on the back from Lynette Woodard during the KU Barnstorming Tour in May. Fernando Salazar The Wichita Eagle
Perry Ellis gets a pat on the back from Lynette Woodard during the KU Barnstorming Tour in May. Fernando Salazar The Wichita Eagle

Jayhawk Dispatch

Jesse Newell of The Wichita Eagle and The Kansas City Star takes you inside Kansas sports.

Jayhawk Dispatch

Wichitan Perry Ellis weighing professional basketball options

July 30, 2016 4:33 PM

LAWRENCE

Former Kansas basketball player Perry Ellis says he enjoyed returning to his college town Saturday where he signed autographs for an hour at a Hy-Vee on Clinton Parkway.

“It was cool, man,” Ellis said. “It’s been a little while since I’ve been back. Just coming back, it’s always a good feeling.”

Ellis’ basketball future remains uncertain. After getting only limited playing time for Dallas’ summer league team — he averaged 12.4 minutes in five games — the forward did not receive a contract offer.

“They liked me, but you can’t take everybody,” Ellis said. “It’s a limited amount on roster space, so you’ve just got to keep moving forward.”

Ellis hopes to make a decision on his future in the next two weeks.

“Just still looking at options: NBA, overseas,” Ellis said. “Just going to keep playing, and whatever comes about and whatever I have to do, I’m going to take that route.”

He described the experience of playing in the summer league as “different.”

“Everybody is fighting for a job,” Ellis said. “When I got the opportunity, I tried to make the most of it when I was out there. It’s all in the process. I just wanted to keep working and keep fighting and try to get a place.”

A month ago, Ellis signed an endorsement deal with the clothing line “Perry Ellis.” The Wichita native said a lot of his friends contacted him about it afterward.

“I think it’s cool, man,” Ellis said. “It’s obviously a great fit.”

Ellis said he envisioned himself returning to Lawrence in the future even if basketball took him elsewhere.

His next step should come soon.

“I’m still talking with my agent,” Ellis said, “still getting different options and just going from there.”

Jesse Newell: @jessenewell

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