Sporting News names Perry Ellis the No. 3 power forward

Yesterday, we posted that Sporting News named Wayne Selden the No. 5 shooting guard in the nation.

Today, Sporting News picked Perry Ellis as the No. 3 power forward in the 2014-15 season.

Here’s what they said about Perry:

Size: 6-8, 225 pounds

Class: Junior

Stats: 13.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg

Andrew Wiggins consumed more oxygen among the Jayhawks than a lot of us realized until the whole season went down in flames against Stanford. Always a dependable player, Ellis did what he was asked and what he could get done while Wiggins starred — or failed to star — but he didn’t get an exceptional number of shots for a guy hitting nearly 54 percent from the floor.

Wanna bet that changes this year? KU should have very capable wings, and Cliff Alexander is going to be a bear close to the basket, but Ellis’ multiple tools as a scorer should become the Jayhawks’ most important offensive asset.

Here’s their top 10 list:

  1. Montrezl Harrell, Louisville
  2. Karl Towns, Kentucky
  3. Perry Ellis, Kansas
  4. Chris Walker, Florida
  5. Brice Johnson, UNC
  6. Brandon Ashley, Arizona
  7. Jordan Mickey, LSU
  8. Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin
  9. Jonathan Holmes, Texas
  10. Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State

Like the shooting guards, three of the top 10 power forwards are in the Big 12. What do you think of Perry’s position? While I’ve heard great things about Karl Towns, I’m not sure he deserves a spot over Ellis until Towns plays a minute in college. Still, to be picked in the top three is a huge honor for Ellis. He’s most likely a Big 12 pre-season player of the year candidate.

Comment below on how you think Perry Ellis will do this season and if you think he’s ranked too low on this list.