Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Five-Star Power Forward Ellenson Plans to Trim List in August
By NICK MEDLINE
Special to ZAGSBLOGEVANSTON, Ill. — Before a midday game at the Northwestern Saturday team camp, the entire Rice Lake (WI) team simply watched Henry Ellenson warm up.
During the game against Stevenson (IL) — without uncommitted 2015 guard Jalen Brunson — they watched his usual show. He scored a handful of buckets from the low post, and then stepped out to hit more. It was everything that explained his sudden rise.
Once a hidden gem in the Midwest, the 6-foot-10 power forward “blew up” and became the No. 17 player in the class of 2015, according to Rivals.com. He holds 19 offers, and most important, tried to list eight of the schools most involved in his recruitment. [He did not offer a top list.]
“I’ve been hearing from a lot, and I feel bad every time I say the names. I keep messing up,” he said. “But Northwestern, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Marquette, Duke, Michigan, UNC and UCLA.”
Unlike some top recruits, Ellenson seems more of the quiet type. He’s not giving any hints about his recruitment—with some speculating that Wisconsin will be difficult to beat.
“All those programs are big time,” Ellenson said. “It’s been a good process and hasn’t put too much pressure on me. It’s nice to hear from the programs and be able to talk to them.”
Ellenson will not set a specific date for when he trims his list, but said it would happen sometime in August.
Until then, he can hear from a growing number of coaches. Hoops expert Rob Harrington of Scout.com called Ellenson one of the “five rising prospects” for the class of 2015. His spring outings led to new offers including those from Duke, UNC and UCLA.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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