Ellenson narrowed his list down to Kentucky, Marquette and Michigan State. Meaning that Duke, North Carolina, Wisconsin, UCLA, Georgetown, as well as others, were cut from the 6-10 power forward’s list.
"I narrow my schools down to just three. I made a list of Kentucky, Michigan State, and Marquette,” Ellenson told WEAU.com. “The reasons why I picked those schools is because they're big time programs with really good head coaches. I looked at them and what I really like was all those schools can really develop me and turn me into a next level player because my biggest goal is to get to the NBA, so that's something I looked at. Another thing I looked at was playing style because that's a huge thing with me. I want to play all over."
Ellenson has a high-motor and is very active on the offensive boards. He is a excellent rebounder overall and can score with his back to the basket as well as from the perimeter.
Ellenson saw his stock sky rocket this summer due to an outstanding AAU season and his productivity for Team USA U17 World Championship team.
In 17 AAU games in Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League this summer, he averaged 18 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Then he averaged 8.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for Team USA during their gold medal run in theWorld Championship.
Marquette is considered the leader for Elenson’s services Ellenson's brother, Wally, transferred from Minnesota to Marquette earlier this summer. Ellenson unofficially visited Marquette's campus in June, and new head coach Steve Wojciechowski made him an immediate priority once he took over the job from Buzz Williams in the spring.
Michigan State has also been involved for a long time with Ellenson, offering him last summer and continuing to pursue him through the school season.
Kentucky is considered to be the wild card due to its let arrival to the party. The Wildcats just offered him in July.