Ellis Named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Second Time

Link Big 12 Winter Scholar-Athletes of the Year (.pdf)

IRVING, Texas – Kansas senior Perry Ellis’ trophy case just got more crowded as the forward was named the 2016 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year the conference announced Thursday. Ellis is winning the honor, selected by the league coaches, for the second straight year.

A sport management major, with a minor in business, Ellis is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree in addition to earning a spot on the Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team his freshman year. In his senior year alone, the Wichita, Kansas native was a Consensus All-America Second Team selection, a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team honoree in addition to being tabbed one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award and one of five finalists for the Karl Malone Power Forward Award. He completed his Jayhawk career eighth on the Kansas career scoring list and 12th on the KU rebound list.

The Big 12 Conference established its Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in 2012-13. A recipient is named in each of the conference’s sponsored sports. Each Big 12 institution nominates one individual per sport with the winners selected by a vote of the league’s head coaches for that sport, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year nomination criteria includes:
• must be a junior or senior (athletic and academic standing)
• cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher
• participation in at least 60 percent of the team’s scheduled contests
• minimum of one year in residence at the institution

Ellis was named the Danny Manning Mr. Jayhawk Award winner at the annual Kansas men’s basketball banquet April 13. Additionally, at the National Association Basketball Coaches (NABC) Awards ceremony April 3 in Houston, the NABC also handed out its Senior Achievement Award honoring its All-America team selections who played all four years in college. Ellis was a NABC All-America Second Team honoree.

Perry Ellis 2015-16 Accolades
2016 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Danny Manning “Mr. Jayhawk” Award
NABC Senior Achievement Award
All-America – (Consensus All-America Second Team, CBSSports.com All-America Second Team, Associated Press All-America Second Team, Wooden All-America, NABC Second Team, USA Today All-America Second Team, Sports Illustrated Second Team, Sporting News Third Team, ESPN.com Third Team)
Wooden Award Final Ballot
Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Top 5
All-Big 12 First Team
Big 12 Player of the Week (3/5)
Academic All-Big 12 First Team
Senior CLASS Award Finalist (Top 10)
Naismith Trophy Midseason 35
Wooden Award Late Season Top 20
Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Finalist (1 of 10)
Senior CLASS Award Candidate (Top 30)
Wooden Award Midseason Top 25
Lute Olson Award Mid-Season Watch (1 of 35)
Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List (1 of 33)
Naismith Trophy Watch List (1 of 50)
Maui Jim Maui Invitational All-Tournament Team

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