Sydney Kings sign college star Perry Ellis

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The Sydney Kings have secured their first import signing of the upcoming National Basketball League (NBL) season by signing former Kansas Jayhawk Perry Ellis.

The 201cm forward signed from the Greensboro Swarm in the NBA Development League following an impressive four-year-career at the University of Kansas where he averaged 12.5 points and 5.8 rebounds over 144 games, while also reaching the NCAA Tournament four times.

Ellis' senior year at Kansas saw him average 16.9 points and 5.8 rebounds, finishing his college career as an all-time top-ten scorer in the same basketball program that produced basketball legends Wilt Chamberlain and Paul Pierce.

"I have followed Perry's career for a number of years and always enjoy watching Kansas play," said Kings' head coach Andrew Gaze.

"As far back as this time last year Jeff (Van Groningen, Kings' Managing Director) and I spoke about how beneficial it would be if a guy 'like' Perry Ellis could join our team - so it's fair to say we are thrilled that we have the man himself signing with us.

"His pedigree, versatility and basketball IQ will be key attributes that will assist us in strongly moving this program forward."

Ellis averaged 9.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in his first year as a professional with the D-League's Swarm, with Van Groningen saying his elite pedigree will help the Kings in their quest for an NBL championship.

"Perry Ellis is a rare combination of very high character and very high performance wrapped into one guy.

"We know that Perry has aspirations to make the NBA and we know he is an elite talent.

"We support his quest in that regard and he will support ours as we try to reach the upper reaches of our own league. We couldn't be happier that Perry has signed with the Sydney Kings," Van Groningen stated.