The Sydney Kings’ roster has acquired a big increase, with the signing of former Kansas Jayhawk, Perry Ellis.
While it’s anticipated Ellis will go well with up for the Kings, he’ll spend his low season in America, as he continues to work in the direction of an NBA contract. Out clauses like this are common in NBL import offers.
It marks Sydney’s first import signing for the 2017/18 marketing campaign. The Kings have additionally added Todd Blanchfield and Dane Pineau, whereas Jason Cadee, Kevin Lisch, Tom Garlepp and Brad Newley are nonetheless beneath contract.
“I have followed Perry’s career for a number of years and always enjoy watching Kansas play,” Kings’ coach, Andrew Gaze, stated in a statement.
“As far again as this time final yr, Jeff [Van Groningen] and I spoke about how useful it will be if a man ‘like’ Perry Ellis might be a part of our staff – so it’s truthful to say we’re thrilled that we have now the person himself signing with us.
“His pedigree, versatility and basketball IQ will be key attributes that will assist us in strongly moving this program forward.”
Sydney Managing Director, Van Groningen, additionally spoke extremely of the acquisition.
“Perry Ellis is a rare combination of very high character and very high performance wrapped into one guy,” he stated.
“We know that Perry has aspirations to make the NBA and we all know he’s an elite expertise. We help his quest in that regard and he’ll help ours as we attempt to attain the higher reaches of our personal league.
“We couldn’t be happier that Perry has signed with the Sydney Kings.”
Ellis spent 4 seasons on the Jayhawks, piecing collectively a powerful physique of labor. The 23-year-old was a consensus Second Team All-American in 2016, together with making the Big 12 First Team twice (2015, 2016), incomes the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year twice (2015, 2016) and being identify a McDonald’s High School All-American in 2012.
The 6’7” ahead averaged 16.9 factors and 5.eight rebounds throughout his senior yr at Kansas, as he helped his aspect end with a 33-5 report. Over the span of his four-year tenure in school, Ellis amassed 12.5 factors and 5.eight rebounds per recreation.
Playing with Greensboro Swarm within the NBA D-League final season, his first one as knowledgeable, Ellis posted 9.eight factors and four.7 rebounds. He additionally has NBA Summer League expertise with the Dallas Mavericks.