Most college basketball fans have plenty of memories of Perry Ellis, for numerous reasons. The forward was a star for the Kansas Jayhawks for four years, making All-Big 12 teams in 2015 and 2016, and cracking at least one All-American team in each of those years as well.
He also caught a lot of flak for his… advanced looks during his college age.
During basically his entire career, opposing fans joked about how Perry Ellis looked way older than your typical college student. The fact that he played four years, a rarity for college hoops stars, probably didn’t help.
To his credit, Ellis has taken the whole thing with aplomb over the years, even as jokes still come down three seasons after his college career came to a close.
During his senior night in 2016, Ellis joked about playing with Wilt Chamberlain and Danny Manning at KU.
Ellis had another chance to represent his alma mater this summer, suiting up for Kansas alumni team Self Made in The Basketball Tournament. Unfortunately, the run was cut short. Ellis tore his patellar tendon in the team’s first game, and they were upset by Sideline Cancer by double digits.
He continues to recover from that injury so he can get back to an overseas career that has taken him through Australia, Italy, Germany, Turkey, and Japan, after a brief G League stint out of college.
In the meantime, Perry Ellis is taking a shot at making some YouTube content. Naturally, an early video concept for him: mean tweets, most of which have to do with his appearance.
The video is similar to those popularized by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC.
He had to admit, some people nailed their jokes.
“I tried to find more, but all of them were just the same thing. Like, ‘These Perry Ellis jokes are getting old, just like him.’ Like, really? You guys can do better than that. There’s a lot of good ones, I can say. There’s some good ones, funny ones out there, but that one has y’all laughing?”
A Life Alert joke and photoshop was a particularly spirited effort, that Ellis has to commend.
In addition to this, Ellis has a few videos up about his surgery and recovery. We’ll see if he continues to give Jayhawk fans a look behind the curtain once he gets back on the court and, hopefully, back on a roster in the coming months.