Henry Ellenson

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Henry Ellenson
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Ellenson at the 2015 McDonald's All-American Boys Game with a broken hand.
No. 8 – Grand Rapids Drive
Position Power forward
League NBA G League
Personal information
Born (1997-01-13) January 13, 1997 (age 21)
Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Rice Lake (Rice Lake, Wisconsin)
College Marquette (2015–2016)
NBA draft 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career 2016–present
Career history
2016–present Detroit Pistons
2016–present Grand Rapids Drive
Career highlights and awards

Henry Ellenson (born January 13, 1997[1]) is an American professional basketball player for the Grand Rapids Drive, on assignment from the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for Marquette[2][3][4] before being drafted 18th overall by the Pistons in the 2016 NBA draft.

High school career

Ellenson played basketball at Rice Lake High School, where he also competed in track and field (high jump and discus).[1] In August 2014, he was a member of the United States' National Team at the 2014 FIBA Under-17 World Championship in Dubai, scoring 21 points in the quarterfinal game with China.[5][6]

As a freshman in 2011–12, Ellenson averaged 12.0 ppg., 7.0 rpg., 1.5 apg. and 1.5 bpg. As a sophomore in 2012–13, Ellenson averaged 21.5 ppg., 11.8 rpg., 3.5 apg. and 1.8 bpg.[1]

Career highlights and awards

  • Ellenson scored a career-high 48 points against Minnetonka High School on 12/6/14
  • 2014-2015 Wisconsin Young Democrats Vice Chairman
  • 2013 MaxPreps Sophomore All-America honorable mention
  • 2013 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 2 All-State first team
  • 2013 Associated Press All-State second team
  • 2013 Eau Claire Leader-Telegram Northwest Wisconsin Player of the Year, first sophomore to win the award
  • 2013 Eau Claire Leader-Telegram All-Northwest first team
  • 2013 St. Paul Pioneer Press East Metro Player of the Year
  • 2013 Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year and All-Big Rivers first team
  • 2012 All-Big Rivers Conference

College career

During his only season at Marquette, Ellenson averaged a near-double-double with 17 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, with 1.8 assists and 1.5 blocks in 33.5 minutes of action over 33 games. As a result, he earned All-Big East First Team, Big East All-Freshmen Team, and Big East Freshman of the Year honors.[7]

On April 5, 2016, Ellenson declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.[8]

Professional career

Detroit Pistons (2016–present)

On June 23, 2016, Ellenson was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 18th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.[9] On July 19, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Pistons.[10] On October 26, he made his professional debut in a 109–91 loss to the Toronto Raptors, recording two rebounds in two minutes off the bench.[11] During his rookie season, Ellenson has had multiple assignments with the Grand Rapids Drive, the Pistons' D-League affiliate.[12]

Career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


Regular season

2016–17 Detroit 19 2 7.7 .359 .294 .500 2.2 .4 .1 .1 3.2
2017–18 Detroit 38 0 8.7 .363 .333 .862 2.1 .5 .1 .0 4.0
Career 57 2 8.3 .362 .319 .784 2.1 .5 .1 .0 3.7


2015–16 Marquette 33 33 33.5 .446 .288 .749 9.7 1.8 .8 1.5 17.0

Personal life

The son of John and Holly Ellenson, he has two brothers and one sister. His father played two seasons (1986-88) of basketball at Marquette while his brother, Wally, was a member of the men's basketball and track & field teams there and currently plays professional Basketball for the St. John's Edge in The National Basketball League (NBL Canada)[13]


  1. ^ a b c "Henry Ellenson". USA Basketball. NBA Media Ventures. August 18, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  2. ^ Hunt, Michael (October 9, 2014). "Golden Eagles land top-10 basketball recruit Henry Ellenson". Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. Journal Sentinel. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  3. ^ Gruman, Andrew (November 12, 2014). "Marquette top recruit Ellenson wants to make 'big statement right away'". FOX Sports Wisconsin. Fox Sports Interactive Media. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  4. ^ "Henry Ellenson - Basketball Recruiting Player Profiles". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  5. ^ "Henry Ellenson leads US to FIBA U17 World Championship semifinals". FOX News. Associated Press. August 14, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  6. ^ "2014 USA Basketball Junior National Team Mini-Camp Roster". USA Basketball. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  7. ^ "Four Named Unanimously to MBB All-BIG EAST First Team". Big East Conference. March 6, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  8. ^ Velazquez, Matt (April 5, 2016). "Henry Ellenson officially declares for the NBA draft and will sign agent". JSOnline.com. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  9. ^ "Detroit Pistons Select Henry Ellenson with the 18th Pick in the 2016 NBA Draft". NBA.com. June 24, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Detroit Pistons Sign First-Round Pick Henry Ellenson". NBA.com. July 19, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  11. ^ "DeRozan's 40 leads Raptors to 109-91 win over Pistons". ESPN.com. October 26, 2016. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  12. ^ "2016-17 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  13. ^ "Henry Ellenson Bio". GoMarquette.com. Retrieved December 11, 2016.

External links

  • Marquette Golden Eagles bio
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