Ellenson declaring for draft and hiring an agent


Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson will declare for the NBA draft and hire an agent, he announced Tuesday night.
“This has been my dream ever since I fell in love with the game growing up in Rice Lake(, Wisc.),” Ellenson wrote in an Instagram post.
It’s certainly not surprising news, especially with his intentions leaking over the weekend and given he’s a projected lottery pick. The 6-foot-11 forward averaged 17 points and 9.7 rebounds per game last season for Marquette, though that wasn’t enough to help the Golden Eagles secure an NCAA tournament spot during his one year in Milwaukee.
“Henry was one of not only the top freshman in the country this season, he was one of the best players regardless of class,” Marqutte coach Steve Wojciechowski said in a statement released by the school. “As great as he was all season long for our program, his best basketball is still ahead of him and we wish him nothing but the best as he begins the next phase of his career.”
Ellenson’s stock is high given his combination of size, skill and quickness along with he’ll be one of the younger players in the class, having only recently turned 19 years old. His defense will likely be the biggest question mark going into June’s draft.
Losing Ellenson, while expected, is a blow for Marquette, but Wojiechowski won’t lose any contributors to last year’s team due to graduation while adding top-100 recruit Sam Hauser into the mix. Marquette could very well work its way into tournament discussion next year despite losing its best player.