The fourth-ranked prospect in the 2015 recruiting class, Henry Ellenson, has committed to Marquette over Michigan State and Kentucky. The power forward informed ESPN Thursday of his intentions to join his brother, Wally, as a Golden Eagle.
“I felt Marquette was a place where I could make an immediate impact. I feel that I will have an opportunity to play multiple positions and show my versatility,” Ellenson said during his announcement. “Also, I was the most comfortable with the coaching staff, and a chance to play with my brother was something that was always big to me.”
Ellenson’s older brother transferred from Minnesota to Marquette earlier in July. That decision seemed insignificant on the surface, because his brother averaged 2.0 points per game after appearing in 18. But word spread in recruiting circles that it would affect the future of his younger brother, and this announcement confirmed that speculation.
The 6 foot 10, 230 pound big man spent his high school career attending Rice Lakes High School in Wisconsin. A multi-faceted player, Ellenson has an exceptional low post game to complement a strong mid-range game, a high basketball IQ, and shot altering defense.
In just his first season, head coach Steve Wojciechowski has already made great strides in recruiting circles, snagging three four-star recruits to go along with Ellenson. The four immediate impact players will be a much-needed shot of energy into the Marquette program. He averaged 18.0 points and 9.3 rebounds on the Nike EYBL circuit with his AAU outfit Playground Elite, remarkable numbers from a guy who dramatically rose through the ranks.
Marquette has yet to return to a Final Four since the Tom Crean/Dwayne Wade bunch from 2003. A season ago, the Golden Eagles finished a disappointing 17-15 leading to the firing of Buzz Williams and a fresh start under Wojciechowski.
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