Ellenson Not Rushing Recruitment

EVANSTON, Ill. --- No one saw their stock boost this spring more than Henry Ellenson. The Rice Lake (Wis.) native isn't done yet, and his recruitment will have to wait.

In the meantime, his contact with the Tar Heel coaching staff remains constant.

"I talk to Coach (C.B.) McGrath," Ellenson said while attending the Northwestern Team Camp over the weekend. "We've been talking and they've just been showing interest.

"That's what mostly all of these schools are showing. They care about me and want me in their program and how I'm a fit for them."

It's difficult to get Ellenson to break down individual schools in his recruiting process because he's still in the early stages of his recruitment and continues to hear from so many new schools.

"I've been hearing from a lot. I feel bad every time I say the names [of schools] because I mess it up [and miss some]," Ellenson said. "Northwestern, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Marquette, Duke, Michigan, UNC, UCLA; just a bunch of schools have been talking to me lately."

Ellenson is starting to put together a loose timeframe on when he might form a list and begin to whittle down the recruiting process.

"I'm not going to put pressure on myself to kind of give a date, but I know that I'll do it in August sometime. I'm just not going to put a date on it and put pressure on myself over it," Ellenson said.

Taking visits is also something Ellenson will hold off on until after July. Although the big man visited some Midwestern schools over the weekend on unofficial trips, he has no future plans for visits until after the live evaluation period.

"I was just at Marquette [Friday] and now I'm at Northwestern so those are the only visits until July, so I won't be visiting anyone else," Ellenson said.

When deciding on a future program, Ellenson already has an idea of what he is looking for in his college program of choice. While being reserved when talking about the elite college basketball programs that are recruiting him, but he said that he craves the chance to play at the highest level.

"I'm looking for the big stage. I want to play in a big-time conference. I want to be able to play right away and go to a school where I can be a big part of their offense; a school that is going to help get me to the next level. My biggest dream is to play in the NBA, so that's probably one of the biggest things."

While recruiting has been going well for Ellenson, he's also had to deal with his newly-elevated national ranking. Now that he is a a top ten-ranked player, he's going to have a target on his back every time he steps on the floor in July.

"I always feel like you have to bring it every game. It's been good; it's been a good spring," Ellenson said. "I feel like I've been playing hard, just keep working and I've been able to show off my skill and people have been able to see it."

Ellenson averaged 18 points and 9.3 rebounds per game playing for Playground Elite in the Nike EYBL this spring. Although those numbers were good enough for top-15 status in both statistical categories within the league this spring, Ellenson sets himself apart as a prospect with his tremendous skill level.

At the Northwestern Team Camp, Ellenson showed off his ball handling in the open floor, fired crisp outlet passes for assists and also shot the ball off the dribble or off the catch from beyond the three-point line. That kind of versatility makes Ellenson a confident offensive player and he doesn't like to peg himself in a set role.

"I don't really consider myself a specific position, honestly," Ellenson said. "Some coaches say 'four' or 'forward' but I like to play all over the court. Get a post touch or get a shot out on the wing. I like to play all over."

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