Tar Heels Contacting Ellenson

DALLAS --- Roy Williams targeted a number of the top post players in the 2015 recruiting class early, offering the likes of Ivan Rabb, Stephen Zimmerman and Diamond Stone. But UNC's now showing consistent interest in emerging Rice Lake (Wis.) High standout Henry Ellenson.

According to Ellenson, a 6-foot-10 center who possesses a 7-foot-2 wingspan, UNC has been steady with recent recruitment of him.

"They've been talking to me consistently," Ellenson said following a game at Dallas EYBL. "Roy was up in the gym once. I've seen them a couple of times."

"They haven't offered yet," he added. "But I have been talking to them quite a bit.

What is the Tar Heel staff telling Ellenson about how they plan to recruit him?

"Just that they are going to keep talking to me and try talking to me every week and just see what's up," he said.

Ellenson, who has already had in-home visits with Marquette, Northwestern and Michigan State, said UNC's long-standing tradition is what he likes most about their program.

"That's obviously a very prestigious program," he said about North Carolina. "I'll give them a look for sure."

Ellenson also has strong interest from Wisconsin, Duke, Kentucky, Iowa State and a host of other high major programs. He's taken unofficial visits to Northwestern and Wisconsin.

On the court, Ellenson has shown significant improvement. He showed up this spring in the best shape of his high school basketball career and it's impacted his game.

"I'm just working on my physical conditioning, strength and quickness," Ellenson said.

"I'm just working hard," he added. "I've been getting after it during the offseason. Anytime I can, I've been getting in the gym and the weight room."

That work is evident. His lost weight and improved conditioning has led to improved ability and added athleticism. To go with his physical improvements, he's showed a skill level that allows him to handle the ball, step out and make threes, as well as score with his back to the basket on the block.

"I'm just a mismatch problem," Ellenson said. "I'm a guy that can step out and hit a shot in your face or take you into the post or blow by you off the dribble."

Through eight EYBL games Ellenson is averaging 14.8 points and 8.4 rebounds.

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