Ellis Selected to Associated Press All-America Second Team
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas men’s basketball senior Perry Ellis has been selected to the Associated Press (AP) All-America Second Team, the organization announced Tuesday.
Selected by the AP Top 25 panel of media voters, Ellis is appearing on the AP All-America Team for the second-straight season having earned honorable mention honors in 2014-15.
A two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection, Ellis scored 20 or more points in three of his final four games and seven of his last nine contests. The Wichita forward led Kansas in scoring at 16.9 ppg and was second in rebounding at 5.9 rpg. Ellis posted 16 games or 20 or more points this season and averaged 17.7 points and 5.8 rebounds during Big 12 play. His 16.9 points per game rank third in the Big 12 and Ellis also is among the league leaders in field goal percentage (fourth at 53.1), free throw percentage (eighth at 73.5) and rebounds (11th).
Ellis ended his career No. 8 on the Kansas career scoring list with 1,798 points and No. 12 on the KU career rebounding list at 834. His 16 career double-doubles tied for 13th all-time in Kansas history. Ellis is only the fifth player in KU history to rank in the top 12 in both scoring and rebounding, joining Danny Manning (2,951 points/1,187 rebounds), Nick Collison (2,097 / 1,143), Raef LaFrentz (2,066 / 1,186) and Clyde Lovellette (1,979 / 839).
Kansas ended its season with a 33-5 record. The victories marked the ninth time in school history the Jayhawks have won 33 or more games, including five seasons under head coach Bill Self. KU won the Big 12 regular-season title posting a 15-3 league record. Included in Kansas’ successes this season were the Maui Invitational title, its 12th-straight, 16th Big 12 and NCAA-leading 59th overall conference regular-season championship, the Big 12 Postseason Championship title and its 21st NCAA Championship Elite Eight appearance. Additionally, last summer KU represented the United States and won the gold medal at the 2015 World University Games in Korea posting an 8-0 record.
2016 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky
Brice Johnson, North Carolina
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia
Jakob Poeltl, Utah
Ben Simmons, LSU
PERRY ELLIS, KANSAS
Kris Dunn, Providence
Georges Niang, Iowa State
Grayson Allen, Duke
Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, Indiana
Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa
Kay Felder, Oakland
Jamal Murray, Kentucky
Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order)
Ryan Anderson, Arizona; Anthony “Cat” Barber, N.C. State; DeAndre’ Bembry, Saint Joseph’s; Ben Bentil, Providence; Trevon Bluiett, Xavier; Joel Bolomboy, Weber State; Evan Bradds, Belmont; Dillon Brooks, Oregon; Cane Broome, Sacred Heart; John Brown, High Point; Antonio Campbell, Ohio; Kyle Collinsworth, BYU; Stephen Croone, Furman; James Daniel III, Howard; Juan’ya Green, Hofstra; Derrick Griffin, Texas Southern; Alex Hamilton, Louisiana Tech; A.J. Hammons, Purdue; Marvelle Harris, Fresno State; Josh Hart, Villanova; Danuel House, Texas A&M; Brandon Ingram, Duke; Stefan Jankovic, Hawaii; Tim Kempton, Lehigh; Max Landis, IPFW; Shawn Long, Louisiana-Lafayette; Dallas Moore, North Florida; Nic Moore, SMU; Gary Payton II, Oregon State; Alec Peters, Valparaiso; Justin Robinson, Monmouth (N.J.); Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga; Justin Sears, Yale; Pascal Siakam, New Mexico State; Melo Trimble, Maryland; Fred VanVleet, Wichita State; Thomas Walkup, Stephen F. Austin; Jameel Warney, Stony Brook; Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall; Greg Wiltjer, Gonzaga.
Perry Ellis 2015-16 Accolades
All-America – (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
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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