Wisconsin Soph Wally Ellenson Visits Gophers

Wally Ellenson, a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard from Eau Claire (WI) Memorial, made an unofficial visit to Minnesota this past weekend. Ellenson helped lead the Playground Warriors 15-and-under AAU team to runner-up finishes at the Hoosier Shootout and Kentucky Hoopfest this summer. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Ellenson to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Wally Ellenson averaged 10.1 points per game as a freshman for the Old Abes, who finished 6-15. He was named honorable mention All-Big Rivers Conference. His father, John, played college basketball at Marquette and Wisconsin. He is also a standout high jumper. He had a season-best 6-foot-7 jump and finished seventh in the WIAA Track & Field State Championship with a jump of 6-foot-4.

Ellenson has already received scholarship offers from Saint Louis, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Wisconsin-Milwaukee and he told GoldenSports.Net that he is hearing from plenty of other schools.

"This summer, Wisconsin, St. Louis, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Colorado State."

Ellenson said that several schools have been to his school recently.

"Recently, St. Louis came to an open gym. Wisconsin and Minnesota have been trying to. Green Bay came up to watch me practice."

Ellenson has been to several college campuses this fall.

"I've been checking out Wisconsin and Minnesota with football games there. Seeing St. Louis, Notre Dame and Green Bay and trying to get to Milwaukee."

Eau Claire Memorial finished with a losing record for the second straight season, but Ellenson thinks that the team can show improvement this season.

"We have most of our guys back. We don't really have a strong senior class, but we are going to try to do our best to come together as a team and see what happens."

Ellenson said that he doesn't have a favorite school yet.

"It is still kind of early. I'm just open-minded and looking forward to see what is out there."

Ellenson had a strong spring and summer playing with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors.

It was just lots of fun. Just pushing the ball up and down the court. Lots of dunks and action.

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