GoMarquette.com's exclusive sitdown with men's basketball/track & field junior Wally Ellenson (Rice Lake, Wis.).
2014-15: Redshirted in basketball due to NCAA transfer rules.
Track & Field (High Jump): A four-time All-American in the high jump with his highest-ever finish coming in 2014 when he was runner-up at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships as a member of the University of Minnesota … In his first season at Marquette, he placed third and fifth at the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championship meets, respectively, in 2015 … Set the Marquette high jump record in his first-ever meet, clearing 7 feet, 5.75 inches at the Wisconsin Open on Jan. 17, 2015 … Won both the indoor and outdoor BIG EAST high jump titles in 2015, while setting the conference record and earning the Most Outstanding Field Athlete award for his efforts at the indoor meet … Competed at the 2015 USATF Outdoor National Championships and placed 12th place against the top-20 amateur and professional high jumpers in the nation … Earned the gold medal in the high jump at the Pan American Junior Championships in 2013. Minnesota (2013-14): Came off the bench in nine outings for the Golden Gophers ... Averaged 6.9 minutes per outing ... Chipped in 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game ... Finished second in the high jump at the NCAA Championships with a personal-best mark of 2.25 meters (7-04.50 ft.) ... named First Team All-America for the second-straight year.
Minnesota (2012-13): Appeared in nine games for the Gophers ... Finished with four points in six minutes against Northwestern ... Missed first 11 games with a broken hand.
High School: Three-time Wisconsin Division 2 All-State selection ... Three-time All-Big Rivers Conference First Team honoree ... Led his high school to a 24-2 record and a conference title his senior year ... Rice Lake High School's all-time leading scorer, compiling 1,356 points in three years ... Averaged 20.1 points and 8.9 boards as a senior ... Took third place in the 2012 American Family Insurance High School Dunk Championships ... Set state record high jump of seven feet, one inch in the 2012 regional meet.
Personal: Son of John and Holly Ellenson ... Three siblings Ellwood, Henry (also a member of the team) and Ella ... Majoring in exercise physiology.