Perry Ellis to complete his degree and then join the KU men's basketball staff

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Former Kansas Jayhawk star Perry Ellis is back in Lawrence, Kansas. He's completing his undergraduate degree and then will join the KU men's basketball staff as a video coordinator, KU announced on Friday.

"Many People have seen Perry on campus this semester,” said Kansas basketball coach Bill Self in a statement. “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.”

The Wichita native injured his knee in July, while playing in The Basketball Tournament. Because of the injury Ellis could not go play professional basketball overseas. 

"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,” said Ellis. “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.”

Self also announced that freshman guard Isaac McBride has withdrawn from KU. 

"We are all disappointed that Issac made this decision, basically on Tuesday,” Self said. “After discussing with his family, everybody came to the conclusion that this was not a good fit. We wish Issac the best.”

McBride was the Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year in 2019.