Duke Basketball Recruiting 2012: Perry Ellis Says, “I Used to Be a Dukie”

Ro ShiellAnalyst IJuly 7, 2011

Perry Ellis
Perry Ellis

Perry Ellis, a top twenty forward in the 2012 recruiting class has high praises for Duke and Coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The rising high school senior took time out while at the Adidas Invitational to speak about his recruiting process.

"Coach K, the USA team," Ellis said. "That just humbles me. It's just an honor to be wanted by them."

Ellis has been recruited since the ninth grade by Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel while he was the head coach of Oklahoma Sooners.

 "I was a real Dukie," referring to his days in elementary school.

Obviously that’s from a fan’s perspective. When choosing the right school other factors will come into play so this is not exactly a slam dunk for Duke.

His mother says that Ellis, who has a 4.0 grade point average, reminds Coach K of Grant Hill.

“Perry really likes Capel a lot [because] they have been close for three years,” says Fonda Ellis. “[As for] head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Perry thinks [he] is cool and thinks it is an honor to have him call him and just talk.”

She went on to say that her son will not make a decision yet and will be visiting Duke in the fall, among other schools.

Ellis has been the Kansas high school player of the year for three years straight, and is being recruited heavily by instate schools, Kansas, Wichita State and Kansas State.

The Courier Journal reports that Ellis was the first recruit that John Calipari evaluated as the summer recruiting got on the way.

With the amount of NBA players Kentucky has produced in Calipari’s three year tenure, every recruit will seriously consider an offer from the Wildcats.

"They're putting out pros and developing players," says Ellis.

Ellis also wrote a journal for Nation of Blue and had this to say about his late recruitment by Duke.

Well, Duke is new to my list. I had cut my list down to 6 back in December. I had already built a relationship with Jeff Capel when he was at Oklahoma, so now that he is at Duke he asked me if I would consider Duke. I talked to Coach K twice, once in May and once in June. I received an offer from Duke last week (late June). It is quite an honor to have Duke recruiting me also. I feel that I have a great list of schools and coaches to seriously consider.

More positive praise for Duke, but he did write for a website hopelessly devoted to the Kentucky Wildcats.

Perry lost his first game at the Adidas invitational but scored 15 points due to tendinitis in both knees.