Elliott Eliason Leads Team to State Tourney

Elliott Eliason, a 6-foot-11, 235-pound junior center from Chadron, who has attracted the interest of Minnesota, has led the Cardinals to a 24-0 mark and a No. 1 seed in the Nebraska State Tournament. Eliason is averaging 14.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots per game for the Cardinals. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Chadron head coach Craig Nobiling to learn the latest on Eliason.

Elliott Eliason has paced the Cardinals to a 24-0 mark and No. 1 seed in the Class C1 State Tournament. They face No. 8 seed Syracuse at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Chadron head coach Craig Nobiling expects a tough game.

"Their coach has been consistently a 1-3-1 zone coach. We are planning on a few different things. Some teams have really looked to slow it down against us," Nobiling said. "They are a very patient team, but at the same time, they will get out and run. They have a couple of players that are really good, Adam Vogt and Nick Reed, a 6-foot-4 kid who is pretty good and creates a lot of things by himself. Their post player is 6-foot-4, but he is a really big muscly kid who is a football player and is going to be on scholarship to play at Nebraska-Omaha. He is a big kid who will try to push Elliott out of the post."

Nobiling said that Eliason's recruitment is relatively the same since the last story we wrote on him in January.

"Pretty much the same," he said. "Stanford, Minnesota has been up there pretty hard. Coach Smith and Ron Jirsa have been in a lot of contact. Of course, Creighton. Dana Altman has been out a couple of more times."

Nobiling said that Eliason has received five scholarship offers to date.

"Right now, South Dakota State, but I know that he has turned that down," he said. "It is South Dakota State, Creighton, Nebraska, Colorado State."

Nobiling said that Minnesota has shown plenty of interest in his center, but they have yet to offer a scholarship.

"They have not really said, but that is my guess. I don't know to be very honest, because they have not mentioned it. Minnesota is one of the latest," he said. "LSU. Stanford. Portland has been in contact as of recently."

Nobiling expects Eliason to have a busy AAU summer.

"He is going to travel with that Bison Red team," he said. "He will probably go to Indianapolis, Louisville, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas and probably California."

Eliason has had a strong junior season, helping lead the Cardinals to the title in the Energy Classic regional tournament in Gillette, Wyo., December 29-31.

The Cardinals had wins of 53-33 over Casper (Wyo.) Walsh, 55-42 over Las Vegas Bishop Gorman and 77-72 over Gillette in the final as Eliason had 26 points and 10 rebounds in the championship. Eliason made the 10-player Energy Classic All-Tournament team, joining teammates Zac Bargen and Alec Holmquist.

Elaison comes from an athletic family. His parents, Jay and Lorna Eliason, were both outstanding athletes at South Dakota State. His father played football and his mother was a volleyball player.

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