Perry Ellis played basketball at Kansas for four years and won four Big 12 championships. But he never won a national title. As a freshman, his Jayhawks lost to eventual national championship runner-up Michigan, and as a senior, his Jayhawks lost to eventual national champion Villanova. Both losses came down to the final seconds. The loss to Michigan came in overtime.
Ellis, however, remains proud of his college career.
“I’ve grown so much,” Ellis said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “My four years, each year I feel like I got better and better. I got to experience a lot of different things, and we won a lot of championships. This past season, we had such a great team. We did such a great job, but we just fell a little short.”
Ellis, who hopes to be taken in next week’s NBA Draft, now has his sights set on the next level. He has worked out for nine different teams and has workouts scheduled with the Clippers and 76ers on Thursday and Monday, respectively.
Ellis, at 6-8, 225 pounds, averaged 16.9 points and 5.8 rebounds this past season. At the start of his college career, he was told he could maybe play small forward in the NBA. But now? Now he could play center.
“I’m not sure how it really evolved,” Ellis said of the game’s shift toward small ball. “It just started. As time went on, it got smaller and smaller.”
Ellis especially enjoyed his time with the Raptors – it was his first time in Canada – but said he also had good workouts for the Bucks and Spurs. He played against a lot of elite prospects, but no one left him awestruck or took him by surprise.
“They’re all real competitive,” Ellis said. “(It was) guys I’ve played against a lot, whether it’s in high school or college. So I’m real familiar with everybody.”
The NBA Draft will be held at the Barclays Center on June 23. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET.