University of Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak continued his search for talented recruits this week, his latest target, Wally Ellenson, a 6'5 wing from Rice Lake High School in Wisconsin.
Utah offered Ellenson on Saturday after seeing another impressive performance by Ellenson at the Adidas Super 64 Basketball tournament in Las Vegas.
Wally Ellenson comes from a basketball family. Wally's father played basketball at Marquette and Wisconsin.
Playing for Rice Lake High School (WI) last season, Ellenson exploded onto the college recruiting radar, averaging over 21 ppg, with a single game high of 40 points.
"It's been great. It's been a long process. I've been hearing offers from the A10, Big 10, Big East, and Pac 10 of course. A lot of schools in the mix."
At 6'5, 190, with broad shoulders and a frame that can hold additional muscle, Ellenson has great size to play the wing position in college.
"I feel that I shoot the ball pretty well, and really just driving and getting in and trying to make plays."
As a leaper, Ellenson is among the nation's elite. As a sophomore, Ellenson finished 2nd in WIAA state high jump championship. As a 16 year old Junior, Ellenson cleared 6'11 on the high jump, best in Wisconsin, 3rd best in the nation for juniors, and 10th best in the nation overall.
Ellenson has also become somewhat of a YouTube sensation for his acrobatic dunks and finishes, both in games and in practice. There's even a video of Ellenson making an under the leg dunk as a sophomore.
Ellenson has spent the summer playing in AAU tournaments across the country. Ellenson's plays for a talented Wisconsin Pump-N-Run team. WPNR has been one of the most impressive teams so far this week at the Adidas Super 64 tournament.
"So far it's been really fun playing in Vegas. Pool play, since we won our pool, wasn't too tough. Just looking forward to bracket play."
The talented wing is now up to 12 offers, with recent offers coming from Utah, West Virginia, Nebraska and Oklahoma State. With so many new offers coming in, Ellenson is hesitant to name any favorite schools.
"Well I'm starting to get an idea now, but I'll have a better idea after July."
When evaluating potential colleges, Ellenson knows what he's looking for.
"I'm looking at education, style of play, do I like the coaches, and how good the program is."
"I'm not necessarily [concerned] if I'm going mid-major, or major, it's more how I feel."
"Definitely I want to go to a school where I can play right away and contribute. I don't really want to be on the bench for a couple years, then play."
Ellenson is already familiar with Utah's head basketball coach. Growing up in Wisconsin, Ellenson saw Larry Krystkowiak as the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.
"I like him (Krystkowiak). He obviously has connections being an NBA coach, and knowing that he has coached at that level is really good to know, going to that program."
Ellenson also commented on Utah's move to the Pac 12.
"I think it's great. The bigger the better. I like that conference."
With AAU tournaments wrapping up, Ellenson's decision may be just around the corner.
"I'm either going to decide in August, or I'm going to plan and take a couple of official visits by August, then decide."
"Right now, in my situation, [Utah] would be one of the schools I would visit."
Utah Offers Ellenson
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