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PF / C


253 lb



Rice Lake (WI) HS

D1 Minnesota (fka Pump N Run) / Playground Elite

Rankings Rankings

Rivals: (#5 PF / #11 overall) Green_arrowup_medium
Scout: (#3 PF / #7 overall)
ESPN: 96 (#2 PF / #5 overall)
24/7: 98 (#7 PF / #23 overall) Red_arrowdown_medium
Wishoops: (#2 player in 2015)

Last updated: May 5, 2015
Previous Rankings: 5-star (#5 PF/#18 overall > #4/#17 > #6/#17) > 4-star (#9 PF/#56 overall > #8/#29) by Rivals; 5-star (#2 PF/#7 overall > #2/#6 > #3 C/#7 overall) > 4-star (#16 C/#62 overall) > 3-star (NR PF) by Scout; 5-star/96 (#2 PF/#4 overall) > 95 (#3/#5) > 4-star/84 (#9 PF/#47 overall) > 89 (#6/#29) > 87 (#6 C/#22 overall) by ESPN; 5-star/98 (#7 PF/#21 overall > #6/#19 > #5/#18) > 99 (#4 PF/#13 overall) > 4-star/97 (#7 PF/#28 overall) > 94 (#14/#57 > #16/#57 > #6/#26) by 24/7
Rankings at time of commitment: 5-star (0.9958) by 247 Composite, #4 PF/#10 overall/#2 in WI; 5-star by Rivals, Scout & ESPN

Honors Honors

2015 Co-Mr. Basketball (WBCA)
2015 First Team All-State - Div. 2 (WBCA)*
2015 McDonald's All-American
2015 Gatorade Player of the Year
2014 First Team All-State (AP)*
2014 First Team All-State - Div. 2 (WBCA)*
2014 Big Rivers Player of the Year
2013 All-Northwest Player of the Year (Leader-Telegram)
2013 Big Rivers Player of the Year
2013 Second Team All-State (AP)
2013 First Team All-State - Div. 2 (WBCA)

*unanimous selection

Statistics Statistics

2014-15: Senior (Rice Lake)
2014: U17 World Championships | USA Basketball
2014: 18.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.6 bpg | EYBL (adv)
2013-14: 27.2 ppg, 13.1 rpg, 2.7 bpg, 1.7 apg | Junior (Rice Lake)
2012-13: 21.4 ppg, 12.1 rpg | Sophomore (Rice Lake) - Leader-Telegram
2011-12: | Freshman (Rice Lake)

Verbal commitment Verbally committed to Marquette

The Ellenson name is a big one in state basketball circles. Henry's older brother Wally was recruited a bit by the Badgers and signed with Minnesota, before switching sports to track and field full-time, then ultimately transferring to Marquette to get another shot at basketball. Most assumed Wally's presence in Milwaukee tilted Henry's recruitment in favor of Marquette. That idea seemed more legit than ever when Ellenson cut his list to three finalists: Marquette, Michigan State and Kentucky. Shortly after his visit to Milwaukee and East Lansing, Ellenson made it official a week before a planned visit to Kentucky (proving the Wildcats weren't much of a contender after all).

Another older brother, Ellwood, originally committed to play for NCAA Division II Bemidji State. As for the youngest son of former Badger (and Warrior) John Ellenson, was one of 23 players named to Team USA's 2013-14 Developmental National Team in March of his sophomore year. Henry survived cuts down to 16, but did not make the final 12-man roster. Nevertheless, he continued to improve his perimeter game as his aggressiveness, which combined with his slimmer figure to make him one of the most tantalizing prospects in the entire 2015 class.

Interest from the superpowers got underway in his junior season. Duke offered Ellenson to vault into a prominent position in his recruitment. Then after a great showing in Nike's EYBL, he got offers from North Carolina, UCLA, and Kentucky with rising interest from Michigan as well. He also held offers from Baylor, Boston College, Creighton, Iowa, Iowa State, Georgetown, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin prior to cutting his list. Ellenson planned to use all five official visits starting in June in order to narrow his list after July heading into his senior season. But that timeframe has accelerated. It's worth noting that Ellenson switch to the Nike-based AAU program Playground Elite this spring and all three finalists are Nike (or Jordan Brand) outfitted.

Press Clippings Recent Press

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03.31: Setback can't break Henry Ellenson's spirit (Journal Sentinel)
03.21: Marquette recruit Henry Ellenson has broken hand, won't play D2 title game (Journal Sentinel)

10.09: Elite power forward's commitment is huge for Marquette (Yahoo Sports)
10.09: Henry Ellenson commits to Marquette (ESPN)
09.25: College coaches swarm around Rice Lake's Henry Ellenson (Journal Sentinel)
08.14: Team USA advances to the U17 semifinals with a win over China (NBC Sports)
07.28: Off-The-Court Changes Lead To Big Improvements For Henry Ellenson (USA Basketball)
07.18: Versatile five-star F Henry Ellenson drawing comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki (CBS Sports)
06.26: Nike PG & Bigs Stand Out (The Recruit Scoop)
05.30: Spring Recap: Five on the rise (Scout)
05.27: Ellenson adds Carolina, Duke, UCLA offers (Zags Blog)
05.13: Notebook: Simmons a true contender (Scout)
03.26: Ellenson's repeat even better (The Chronotype)
03.14: With highly sought recruit Henry Ellenson in the middle, Rice Lake is a big deal (Wisconsin State Journal)
02.19: Henry shows Bo on record night (The Chronotype)
02.11: Recruiting snapshot: Henry Ellenson scores 36 in win (B5Q)
02.11: Rice Lake's Henry Ellenson tops talented group of 2015 basketball recruits (Pioneer Press)

12.23: Henry Ellenson and Rice Lake topple Diamond Stone and Dominican (Journal Sentinel)
07.22: Henry Ellenson talks about losing weight, Pitino and more (Pioneer Press)
07.21: Catching up with Henry Ellenson (Ames Tribune)
06.03: Ellenson competes against nation's elite with U16 national team (Leader-Telegram)
06.01: USA 16U trials wrap up (247 Sports)
02.23: Ellenson swats away Central (La Crosse Tribune)
02.05: Rice Lake Sophomore Henry Ellenson On Recruiting (WQOW)

10.09: USA 16U: Who we would select (Rivals)
10.07: Big men stand out at USA basketball minicamp (Rivals)
04.23: Gophers Recruit Henry Ellenson to Receive Scholarship Offer from Georgetown (

Multimedia Audio / Video

Highlights: Henry Ellenson (Big man with crazy skill set) - YouTube (06.13.14)
Interview: Henry Ellenson - BadgerBlitz/Vimeo (04.04.14)
Highlights: Diamond Stone vs Henry Ellenson - BadgerBlitz/YouTube (12.28.13)
Highlights: Henry Ellenson at adidas Nations and USA Basketball - YouTube (12.03.13)
Interview: Interview with 2015 PF Henry Ellenson - YouTube (07.28.13)
Highlights: Henry Ellenson Highlights Vol. 1 - Hardwood Elite/YouTube (07.26.13)
Highlights: Henry Ellenson Highlights - Hardwood Elite/YouTube (01.08.13)
Interview: Henry Ellenson Interview - Hardwood Elite/YouTube (08.03.12)
Highlights: Henry Ellenson Minnesota Pump N Run Best Buy Summer Classic - YouTube (08.16.12)

More Info Additional Info

2013-14 Schedule | Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Twitter: @Hjellenson