Faces in KS: Drew Ellis

Drew Ellis is having another big year for Mulvane. (photo: Rita Van Orden)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Jan 14, 2019

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Mulvane senior Drew Ellis has had quite the high school career in football and basketball. The senior has been an all 4A selection in each of the two sports over his high school career.

Ellis is also approaching a milestone at his high school. He is 16 points away from becoming the schools all-time leading scorer. His 1,203 points in a career are the second most at Mulvane High School. The all-time record is 1,218 by Jerry Webster back in 1956.

He will get an opportunity on Wednesday in the Chaparral Tournament against Belle Plaine to break the record. Currently Ellis, a 5-foot-9, senior, is averaging 20 points per game this season for the Wildcats.

Ellis, who features a 30-inch vertical and is a rare four-year starter, is an athletic speedster on the court that can light it up from three. He has the school three-point record in a game with nine and 137 career three pointers made, also a school record.

In football he had 1,571 career receiving yards with 19 touchdowns. He’s also a part of the school 4x100 that made it to the state meet and placed in 2018. Ellis was a non-senior pick from Sports in Kansas as a junior.

Ellis is exploring opportunities in both football and basketball at the next level and when the time comes will decide what is a better option. He could project as a nice slot at the next level and has speed in the 4.55-4.60 range. He also gets it done in the classroom with a GPA in the 3.4 range.

For now. his concern is on the 2018-2019 season. He will look to make history on Wednesday night against Belle Plaine as he looks to break a 63-year old record.

We caught up with the multi-sport athlete below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.

Q&A w/ Ellis

How did you get involved in basketball?

When I was very little, my Grandpa would take me to the park and shoot baskets.

What are your goals this season?

My goals as a teammate is to help our team be the best we can be.  As a player I have an opportunity to break the All time scoring record in Mulvane, which has been held by Mr. Jerry Webster since 1956.  I want to continue to grow as a leader and work on being more vocal.

Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?

I think we have a shot as long as we buy in as a team and improve our defense.

What makes you such a force as a player?

I would say my speed and quickness cause problems for most teams.  At 5’9” I can get to the rim and probably surprise some when I get above the rim.  Also, I can shoot it pretty well.

What’s the atmosphere like to play basketball for your school and town?

The atmosphere is great the people who come watch the games give very good support to every player on our team.

For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?  

I think they should come watch just for the fact that we are working very hard to become a great defensive team and we have great shooters on the offensive end.

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

Strengths are speed and play making ability.  What I take most pride in is my effort, composure, and coachability.  I would like to continue to improve on defense.  If we can stop teams, our scoring will be fine.

Who are other key players on your team?

Trey Abasolo and Gage Gerlach are great shooters.  They are a threat from the outside.  Jeb Herman plays as our big, but can really stretch the floor with his athleticism.  We have some other younger players that are becoming key players quickly.

Favorite thing about basketball?

I love the speed of the game.  I love to compete.

Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?

Football and Track.  The past two years I was blessed to have a lot of success at WR and DB in football.  I was surrounded by some great teammates that helped me achieve All State, All League, and set a few receiving records.  In track we put together a very good 4X100 team had some good success at state.

What is it like to play for your coach? 

It is great, we have a great relationship and he pushes me to be the best leader and person I can be. 

What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?

We had shoot arounds, played some at our rec center, and a few of us played AAU throughout the summer.

What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?

I want to continue to compete and looking forward to competing at the next level.  I have spoken to some great coaches about football and basketball opportunities and excited to find out what is the best opportunity to for me to grow.

Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?

I really enjoy my circle of friends, some have graduated and some I will be graduating with this year.  We are all pretty simple and low key and like just hanging out.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I am not sure in 10 years, post college I look forward to starting a career and seeing where that leads me.

Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?

History is my favorite subject, mainly because of the teachers.  We are very fortunate to have great teachers at MHS which makes most subjects fun.  I am a pretty quiet student in class, but like helping others in small groups, and overall being a good leader by example.  My GPA is between 3.3-3.4

Who is your role model?  

My parents because they work hard and make sure my brother, sister, and I have anything we need to be successful.  Their support is much appreciated.  Not only do they support our family but they always try to help our community and friends.

Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?

I really like Pizza Johns in Derby, and can never go wrong with B-dubs (buffalo wild wings).

One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?  

Overall I am a pretty quiet person, as I mentioned I like to lead by example, so I likely won’t stand out in a crowd, I don’t look for attention.

Anything else to add?

One thing coaches and administrators have said about me that means a lot to me, is as good of an athlete that I am, I’m an even better person.  I love sports, but at some point sports will be over and there is a lot of life left to be a good person.  However I am looking forward to playing for at least 4 more years somewhere