"It was the first Roy visit. He came to my gym with C.B. McGrath," said Ellenson. "He said that he was impressed with my versatility as a big man and that he would make sure to stop by my AAU games."
It will now be fairly easy for Williams to watch Ellenson in action due to his recent decision to change AAU teams and suit up for Playground Elite, which plays on the Nike EYBL circuit.
"I just wanted to be in the EYBL," noted Ellenson. "That's where the best competition is and I just wanted to make the switch."
This past weekend at the NY2LA Swish N Dish, he made his first appearance for Playground Elite, looking noticeably slimmer in his upper body.
"I've been in the weight room, working on speed and agility a lot," said Ellenson. "It's different on this team. A lot more up-tempo which I like."
Ellenson was impressive at the event. Prior to a growth spurt early in high school, he often played point guard and he still likes to display his ball-handling skills. Several times Ellenson was seen taking the ball coast to coast while going around his back at full speed. He also showed his three point range and ability to bang down low for baskets in the post.
This past season 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.
Ellenson is a popular player for Big 10 and Big 12 schools, as he noted that Northwestern, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State, Iowa State, and Baylor had recently watched him. He also has strong interest from Creighton and the Duke coaching staff attended one of his playoff games. With increased exposure from the EYBL his college list could continue to grow.
"I'm not in a hurry to make a decision but am planning to take my visits in the fall," said Ellenson.
Ellenson's team will face off against Jayson Tatum's St. Louis Eagles squad on April 26 in the EYBL's opening weekend in Sacramento, Calif., potentially giving Roy Williams a chance to watch both prospects.