Henry Ellenson Named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
March 9, 2016
NEW YORK - Freshman forward Henry Ellenson of the Marquette University men's basketball program has been named the BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Year, the league announced Wednesday afternoon at a press conference in Madison Square Garden.
The 6-11, 245-pounder is the first Marquette player to claim the honor since Dominic James in 2005-06, the program's inaugural campaign in the BIG EAST. Ellenson was a unanimous selection by the league's head coaches.
The eight-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week selection is one of five finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Award, presented to the nation's top first-year player by the United States Basketball Writers Association. The Rice Lake, Wisconsin native concluded the regular season ranked third in the league in scoring (16.8 ppg.) and first in rebounding (9.8 rpg.). He is also currently fifth in blocked shots (1.5 bpg.), 12th in offensive rebounds (2.2 orpg.) and first in defensive rebounds (7.6 drpg.).
Ellenson, a candidate for All-America honors, was named All-BIG EAST First Team on Sunday and also claimed a spot on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team (unanimous selection). Ellenson is the first freshman on the first team since Carmelo Anthony of Syracuse in 2002-03 and his eight weekly accolades in 2015-16 matched the third-best total (Troy Murphy, Notre Dame - 1998-99) in conference history.
Ellenson is currently in possession of 17 double-doubles (16th most in the NCAA), ranks first in Marquette history in eight freshman-year categories and is among the top-10 in a total of 11 overall statistical rankings for program newcomers.
Allazia Blockton of the Marquette women's basketball team was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year on March 2, marking the first time since 2001-02 (Chris Thomas and Jacqueline Batteast, Notre Dame) the men's and women's honorees were from the same University.
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