Former Kansas Jayhawk standout Perry Ellis has been invited to the Charlotte Hornets preseason training camp, according to Gary Bedore of the Kansas City Star.
Ellis, who just underwent successful sports hernia surgery on Tuesday, will be out three to four weeks, which shouldn't interfere with the start of training camp.
Going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, Ellis is a 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 16.9 points a game as a senior last season for Kansas. More recently, Ellis averaged five points and 2.8 rebounds per game for the Dallas Mavericks in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Draft Express describes him as, "one of the most prolific and efficient scorers in college basketball" last season, shooting 53.2 percent from the field, and 43.8 percent from the 3-point line. It should be noted that Ellis only attempted 1.7 3-pointers a game last season, so while he doesn't shoot often from behind the arc, he makes a high percentage of the few he does take.
Defensively, Draft Express states he relies on, "intelligence and feel for the game by rotating to the right spot and playing well within a team concept." This should bode well for him with Charlotte, given that Clifford's defensive schemes rely on team defense rather than individual efforts.
According to his agent Mark Bartelstein, the Hornets have had geniune interest in Ellis all summer:
“It’s a really good fit. They like him a lot. They’ve talked about him all summer,” Bartelstein said of the Hornets. “We think it’s got a chance to be a really good opportunity for him. Coaches there are excited to have him. He has to get himself healthy here the next couple weeks. Then he’ll go into camp and compete.”
Given Bartelstein's comments, it sounds like Ellis will be one to keep an eye on. He would be the 18th player on the Hornets roster heading into training camp, so despite the mutual interest, Ellis will have to beat out three others just to make the roster.