When Perry Ellis is on his game, he is one of the best players in the Big 12.
The sophomore forward from Wichita cashed in a career high 32 points in a blow out 95-65 win over TCU Saturday.
"This is probably the best offensive game that Perry has had, as far as most complete," Bill Self said. "He went strong and on one of his misses he got it back and put it right in. He was good."
"We didn't have a matchup for him at this point because he is a pro in my mind," TCU head coach Trent Johnson said. "For us, Ellis is a bad matchup."
Ellis' game continues to improve; going from a primary post player, grinding out buckets in the paint to a guy who can play inside and out and continue to stretch defenses.
"They were trapping the short corners a lot so I tried to catch the ball more in the mid-post area so that I could swing it around and get open shots," Ellis said. "(Tried to) keep it out of the short corner mid-post area."
As much as his gsme has evolved, Ellis continues to struggle with spreading his own accolades. He would rather let his game speak for himself, or better yet, have his teammates do it for him.
"He takes good shots and makes them. He's aggressive enough and he always involves his teammates," freshman Andrew Wiggins said. "He gave me the alley-oop and I would do the same for him. He's aggressive the whole game attacking the hoop and making plays."
"He had a fantastic game, he played really well," freshman Wayne Selden said. "He put the ball in the hoop whenever we gave it to him. He really produced for us today."
Around February of 2013, Ellis began to emerge as the type of player the KU coaching staff imagined him to be. Right now he is playing the way Self needs him to in March.
"You feel like with him, he is the type of player that you can trust to get 13 or 14 points a night," Self said. "With so many other guys, they have to make shots our you have to run some (play) for them but Perry for the most part is going to get his."