Perry Ellis to join KU men's basketball staff

Kansas forward Perry Ellis shoots over Connecticut forward Shonn Miller, right, during the first half of a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

LAW\RENCE, Kan. (WIBW) Kansas men's hoops legend Perry Ellis will make his return to Allen Fieldhouse, just not as a player. Head coach Bill Self announced that Ellis will be joining the KU coaching staff.

Ellis finished his historic career with KU as one of the program's greatest players. He's ranked ninth on the Kansas career scoring list (1,798 points), 12th in rebounds (834) and 13th in career double-doubles (16). He was a two-time All-Big 12 First Team member, a All-America Second Team and a finalist for the Wooden Award.

Ellis returned to KU to finish his degree after a knee injury paused his professional career. Ellis will officially join the team as a video coordinator after completing his degree.

“This opened up a cool opportunity for me because two or three months before my injury happened, I reached out to Vince about how many hours I had left to finish my internship,” Perry Ellis said. “When he told me, I had no idea when I was going to finish because I’m not home long enough from playing basketball (overseas). Getting injured was God showing me a different path, preparing me for the future and to grow stronger as a person.”

“Many People have seen Perry on campus this semester,” Bill Self said. “He is here to complete his internship hours toward his undergraduate degree (in sport management). Upon completion, in the next month, we look forward to him joining the men’s basketball staff as a video coordinator.”

Ellis also played basketball professionally in the NBA G-League and overseas in several countries.