Henry Ellenson is an NBA Player drafted 18th overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2016 NBA Draft. Born January 13, 1997 and raised in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, Henry Ellenson attended Rice Lake High School, excelling at basketball and track and field. In the summer following his junior year, Ellenson was a key member of the U17 USA Basketball Team that claimed the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship in Dubai. Ellenson went on to excel during his senior year at Rice Lake, finishing the season a McDonald’s All-American and first-team Parade All-American, and being named Wisconsin Mr. Basketball and Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year. A Rivals.com five-star recruit, Ellenson committed to Marquette in November of 2015.
A highly-touted high school recruit, Ellenson made an immediate impact in the collegiate ranks, earning first team All-Big East First Team honors, Big East Freshman of the Year, and finishing the 2015-16 season as Marquette’s all-time freshman scoring and rebounding leader.
Ellenson’s family is no stranger to Marquette basketball. His older brother, Wally, is a current member of the Marquette men’s basketball team, and his father, John, played one season for the Golden Eagles (1986).
Ellenson made his collegiate debut on November 13, 2015, posting 21 points, 16 rebounds and three assists against Belmont University. Ellenson continued to fill up the stat sheet throughout his freshman year at Marquette, averaging 17.0 PPG and 9.7 RPG. At season’s conclusion, Ellenson earned All-Big East First Team, Big East All-Freshman Team and Big East Freshman of the Year honors, and was a finalist for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award, and the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year Award. Additional accolades during Ellenson’s 2015-16 included USBWA Freshman All-American Team, USBWA All-District V Team, Sporting News All-Freshman All-American, NABC Second Team All-District V, third most in league history for Big East Freshman of the Week titles, Legends Classic MVP and was Marquette’s all-time freshman scoring and rebounding leader. Ellenson finished third in the Big East in scoring (17.0 PPG) and fist in rebounding (9.7 RPG).