2015 Recruit Profile: Henry Ellenson

The Blue Devils have extended an offer to another big man in the class of 2015. Four star center Henry Ellenson is now firmly planted on the Duke Hoops recruiting board for the rising senior class. Here's a complete player breakdown.

Name: Henry Ellenson
Vitals: 6-foot-10, 240 pounds
Ranking: No. 62 Overall / No. 16 Center

Standing 6-foot-9 and weighing in at 240 pounds, Ellenson's game begins with his jump shooting ability, though he's already stout enough to bang in the post as well. He's consistent out to between 15-18 feet. He's most effective when playing with guards who allow him to pick and pop. Given his size, he'll be asked to play a lot in the paint and will need to continue to improve his repertoire of post moves, particularly when posting up with his back to the basket.

"Shooting is my biggest strength, along with facing up in the post and running the floor," he told Scout.com.

Still, Ellenson saw a need to continue to improve his game which meant extra time in the gym. After slimming down, getting quicker and more athletic, and growing a little bit, Ellenson feels that his junior high school year was a success.

"It was a great season, the best one I have had. It was a lot of fun, and I think I did a great job this year," said Ellenson. "All of my teammates also played well, it was a fun year."

It certainly seems as much. Ellenson averaged 27.2 points and 13.1 rebounds per game for Rice Lake while leading them to a state title appearance where they fell in the championship game. For his efforts he was named a unanimous Associated Press all-state selection.

Clearly Ellenson is in better shape and moving better. He has grown to around 6-foot-10, is shooting the ball fairly well, and is running the floor better than ever. Ellenson didn't play on the low block as much as would be wanted, but he still found a way to be productive. In his first game with a new team, Ellenson was productive, and if he rebounds better he will be one of the premier bigs in the class. - The NY2LA Swish N Dish April 5

He needs to continue to focus on rebounding better, but outside of that Ellenson had stretches of dominance on Saturday. Ellenson has a very nice shooting touch out to three point range, and handles the ball pretty well for a player his size. He can score in a variety of ways, and keeps on getting better. Overall if Ellenson continues this play up, and gets a bit more assertive down low, he will clearly become a heavily sought after recruit. - The NY2LA Swish N Dish April 6th


Ellenson has interest from the majority of the Big 10 and Big 12 schools, with Duke, Baylor, and North Carolina beginning to make him a priority. In an effort to further increase his stock, he's moving over to the EYBL summer circuit to play with Playground Elite.

"I just wanted to be in the EYBL," Ellenson told Scout. "That's where the best competition is and I just wanted to make the switch."

Most likely, however, a decision won't be forthcoming until the fall after the prospect takes all five official visits.

Duke jumped in with a visit from Coach K this past week.

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