Henry Ellenson: a Top Target for MU

Henry Ellenson the 6-10 225 lb PF from Rice Lake, WI has the unique ability to handle the ball and shoot from long range with the skills of a much smaller player. After blowing up in the Spring and Summer, Henry has narrowed his college choices down to Marquette, Michigan State and Kentucky. He will take his formal visit to Marquette on Sept 25th. I asked one of our favorite experts, Mark Miller

from Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook, to share his insights as to Ellenson's development and his recruitment. No one watches the top high school prospects more than Mark.

Some Background: Wisconsin has 5 of the top 100 high school prospects as rated by Scout.com. Marquette has received commitments from Scout’s [#57] 6-10 C Matt Heldt[Neenah HS] and [#90] 6-3 G Nick Noskowiak[Sun Prairie HS] while Bo Ryan at UW had received a commitment from[#48] 6-2 2G Brevin Pritzl [DePere HS]. Diamond Stone [6-10 Center Dominican HS] is ranked [#4] by Scout and Ellenson is ranked [#6], so both are in the top 10. Stone is still considering Wisconsin, UCONN, Maryland and Duke while Ellenson has Marquette in his final three.

DoddsOnSports: Mark, is this high school class the best ever in Wisconsin?

Mark Miller, WBBY.com

Mark Miller: “Wisconsin has been producing more and more college basketball prospects. It is still a little bit of a cycle as there aren’t as many top prospects in the ’16 class. The 2015 class in WI is outstanding. It would be great for the fans to know these players could all stay in Wisconsin with Marquette getting Ellenson along with previous commitments from Heldt and Noskowiak and Wisconsin getting a commitment from Stone.[along with Pritzl]"

DoddsOnSports: Mark, timing is everything. Did Marquette’s new coach Steve Wojciechowski came to MU just at the right time to till in the fertile 2015 class?

Mark Miller: “Marquette has always had a good ‘core’ of its players from the state of WI, even before the[Al] McGuire days. Wojo came in at a very good time. This 2015 high school class in WI is outstanding with two in the top 15 and 3 more in the top 100. Wojo recognized this as soon as he took the job. He drove all over the state and wanted to meet the HS coaches, meet the players and parents right away and most importantly, he followed up with all of them in July. That made a big difference with Noskowiak and Heldt[both committed to MU] and could mean a lot with Ellenson. He [Wojo] saw them all play in July [during AAU circuit] and it made a difference. I have heard from the local HS coaches that they were impressed immediately by Wojo’s personality, sincerity and genuineness.

DoddsOnSports: What is the time table for Ellenson decision?

Mark Miller: "I don’t know a lot more than what has been reported. He will visit Mich St and Marquette later this month. I do know that Kentucky will be in Rice Lake soon for an in home visit. I don’t know when he will make a decision. It could be soon after his visits. I can see it playing out many different ways. He could wait until late Oct or even November to decide.

DoddsOnSports: You have seen Ellenson many times over his career and he has played in your WBY Shootout over Xmas. Describe his game.

Mark Miller: "Henry Ellenson is, for his size, as skilled a big man as you will find anywhere, especially in terms of his ball handling and ability to score from the perimeter. He also has a big strong body that allows him to take smaller opponents inside down low. He has changed his body quite a bit over the past 12 mos. He has trimmed down and is a little bit more explosive and he is quicker. He is now 225lbs down from 245-250 lbs. He can do so many things on the floor. Dribble between his legs and behind his back. Go beyond the arc and shoot. He can go down low and post up."

In a story later this week, I will ask Mark about Henry's older brother Wally, who transferred to Marquette from Minnesota earlier in the summer.

This should be an interesting 8 weeks leading up to the early signing period and we will be here every step of the way.

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