Kansas recruit Ellis nabs national player of year

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas recruit Perry Ellis has been chosen the high school basketball player of the year by the National High School Coaches Association.

The four-time Kansas player of the year led Wichita Heights to four straight Class-6A state championships. He finished his senior year averaging 25.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

The 6-foot-8 forward surpassed former Jayhawks center Greg Dreiling as the career scoring leader in Wichita City League history, finishing with 2,231 points. Dreiling's record of 1,888 points had stood for 31 years.

Ellis will join the Jayhawks in time for a four-game exhibition tour of Switzerland and France in August.