2012 Outlook: Keep an eye on Ellisby Javier Morales on Nov. 10, 2009, under Sports
UA coach Sean Miller and his staff can potentially add up to six scholarships players for the Class of 2012 — when plenty of spots are available is when the top-notch talent signs — and one of those prospects interested in Arizona will likely be 6-8 power forward Perry Ellis of Wichita (Kansas) New Heights.
Ellis, rated the Class of 2012 No. 3 prospect by Hoopmasters.com, hails from the hometown of new UA director of basketball operations Jamall Walker.
Walker’s daughter, JaShawn, attends New Heights, according to a source who is following Ellis’ recruitment closely. Walker has been in contact with New Heights coach Joe Auer about Ellis.
Ellis averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds for Wichita Heights leading them to a 24-1 record and a Class 6A championship as a freshman. He has already been offered a scholarship by Kansas and is also considering, among others, Arizona, Kansas State, North Carolina, Memphis and Indiana.
“He has the tools to pick and pop or roll to the hoop and score in the paint with either hand,” Hoopmasters.com recruiting expert Van Coleman wrote earlier this year about Ellis. “He has excellent hands and superior footwork, and as you can see by his effort in the championship game, he can dominate the glass.”
Ellis was announced to the Team USA Under 17 developmental roster last month. The team assembled for a fall mini-camp on Oct. 9-11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., in preparation for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany from July 2-11 according to a USA Basketball press release.