Five-Star Prospect Henry Ellenson Inks With Marquette
Nov. 12, 2014
SIGNING DAY PRESS CONFERENCE
Nationally ranked prospect Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake, Wis./Rice Lake H.S.) has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Marquette University men's basketball program, head coach Steve Wojciechowski announced Wednesday morning.
Ellenson, a 6-10, 230-pounder, will arrive on campus this summer and have four years of eligibility with the Golden Eagles.
"Henry is as talented as any player in the country and has a good chance to be the national player of the year as a senior," Wojciechowski said. "His versatility, which allows him to play at a high level all over the court, passion for the game and skill set made him a very unique prospect and as a result he was ranked among the top players in the nation.
"He is everything we are looking for, and will continue to look for, in a basketball player at Marquette," Wojciechowski added. "His experience at the international level representing our country and competing against the best players in the world is something we look forward to him continuing while at Marquette."
Marquette's 2015 recruiting class is currently ranked among the top-10 groups in the nation. ESPN.com and FOXSports.com rank the commitments fourth, while CBSSports.com has the group positioned fifth and Rivals.com in the seventh spot.
"All four of the young men in this class represent what we want in basketball players at Marquette," Wojciechowski said. "They each have high character, are good students, and own a passion for the game of basketball. They come from great families and were raised with the right values. We couldn't be more excited to welcome them to our family at Marquette and look forward to each of them making an impact on the campus community, both as people and as players."
Ellenson, whose brother Wally is already on the Golden Eagles roster, is ranked as high as fourth nationally (ESPN.com) in the class of 2015. He also checks in at sixth (FOXSports.com), 10th (CBSSports.com) and 17th (Rivals.com) in the most recent prospect rankings.
Ellenson helped guide Rice Lake High School to the state tournament as a junior in 2013-14 under head coach Kevin Orr and the Warriors (23-3) advanced to the championship game. He was a consensus first team all-state honoree and claimed the league's most valuable player award for the second-straight year after averaging 27.2 points, 13.1 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 1.7 assists per game.
As a sophomore in 2012-13, Ellenson contributed 21.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 1.5 assists per game, helping the Warriors to a 20-5 overall record and the conference and regional titles. He was named all-state by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (first team) and Associated Press (second team). He was also tabbed first team all-conference and was the league's player of the year.
In 2011-12, Ellenson chipped in 12.0 points, 7.0 boards, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game en route to all-conference accolades. Rice Lake finished 23-2 overall and claimed the Big Rivers Conference championship.
Ellenson has competed on the AAU circuit for Wisconsin Playground Warriors. His father, John, was a two-year letterwinner (1986-87, 1987-88) for Marquette. He is the all-time leading scorer at Rice Lake (1,536 points) and was also team MVP for the school's track & field team, participating in the high jump, triple jump and discus.
"In our first year we wanted to make the state of Wisconsin a priority in recruiting because of the talented players and coaches throughout the state," Wojciechowski said. "We feel very fortunate that three of our first four signees during our tenure are Wisconsin natives. I think it speaks to the quality of basketball at the high school level, which is obviously gaining attention nationally."
Already in possession of a wealth of experience at the international level, Ellenson earned a gold medal in 2014 as a member of the USA U17 World Championship Team. The squad posted a 7-0 record in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and he chipped in 8.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the tournament. He has also participated in the last three USA Junior National Team mini-camps and is in the running to represent the nation at the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit in April.
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