The Marquette Golden Eagles landed a top five prospect in the Class of 2015 on Thursday afternoon. Henry Ellenson, whose brother Wally recently transferred from Minnesota to Marquette, is a five-star power forward from Rice Lake, Wisconsin, and all the buzz over the summer was that new head coach Steve Wojciechowski and his team were going to be the favorite to nab the Top 10 prospect after Wally's transfer. And as fate would have it, that turned out to be the case.
Ellenson committed to Marquette in part because he has a lot of trust with one of his peers in Nick Noskowiak, a four-star point guard from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Ellenson and Noskowiak really like playing with one another and have been friends for a long time, and it was one of Ellenson's goals to join Noskowiak wherever he went.
Steve Wojciechowski has done a magnificent job on the recruiting trail in just his first few months on the job, and they will continue to attract with the class they have so far, which also includes Haanif Cheatham and Matt Heldt.
What does Ellenson bring to Marquette?
Ellenson has body that can score in the paint and can take advantage of matchups because he is versatile as a four-man. One thing that he has improved since the beginning of the spring and summer is that he has really extended his jumper to around the mid-range area, though he has seemed to rely on it too much. Many have raved about his mobility and his ability to run the floor, despite his 6-foot-10, 230 lbs. stature. With that being said, he really can do a lot with his size and has a good offensive game that will succeed on the collegiate level. During the summer, he was working on getting more muscle, and it appeared that way while playing with USA basketball.
How does he fit into Marquette system?
Wojciechowski did a really good job of giving details on what he will allow Ellenson to do if he commits. The one thing that Ellenson wants to do is show off his offensive game on the next level, so expect Marquette to run a lot of pick and pops with Nick and Henry, based off of what they did on the AAU circuit with Playground Elite.
What is up next for Marquette?
Marquette now has an astounding four players in the Top 100 of the Class of 2015, and arguably a Top 5 class. One thing that needs to be pointed out his that Woj is keeping the best players in the state of Wisconsin inside America's Dairyland. Though that might be more emphasized in football, given the travel these players have on the AAU circuit, it's certainly not something that should be glossed over. Ellenson will now attract more players in the state that get offered by Marquette, who has one if its best recruiting classes in quite sometime, and might have the best 2015 class compared to all other teams in the Big East Conference.