Wally Ellenson, a sophomore guard for the Minnesota Golden Gophers who left the team in February to concentrate on track and field, announced Wednesday he will be resuming his college basketball career with the Marquette Golden Eagles.
I’m excited to join Marquette University and be part of the basketball family. #wearemarquette
— TheKangarooKid (@wallyellenson) July 2, 2014
Ellenson, a 6-foot-6, 210-pounder from Rice Lake, played in only 18 games in his two years at Minnesota, scoring 34 points in 110 minutes.
The track thing, however, worked out. Ellenson finished second in the high jump at the NCAA finals on June 14, clearing a height of 7-4½.
So how is the transfer of an in-state kid back to an in-state school intriguing?
That would be because Wally’s younger brother, Henry, is a 6-foot-10, 230-pound, five-star power forward in the Class of 2015.
Henry Ellenson reportedly visited Marquette recently and he’s on everyone’s wish list—Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State, Wisconsin and, of course, Marquette.
Steve Wojciechowski has done a solid job of getting in-state talent since taking over at Marquette on April 1, salvaging Class of 2014 freshman Sandy Cohen—a top-100 recruit—from leaving after Buzz Williams bolted to Virginia Tech.
In the Class of 2015, Wojciechowski retained a commitment from top-100 guard Nick Noskowiak and just landed a three-star center in Neenah’s Nick Heldt.
In trying to land another big prize, Henry Ellenson, signing his older brother couldn’t hurt.
Wally Ellenson will have to sit out this season under the NCAA’s ridiculous transfer rules and will be eligible to play at the start of the 2015-16 season … the same time his brother might be arriving on campus as a freshman.