13 - Henry Ellenson


  • Birthday: 1/13/97
  • NBA Position: PF/C
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-11
  • Wt: 245
  • Hometown: Rice Lake, WI
  • High School: Rice Lake
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NBA Comparison: Brian Scalabrine/Brian Cardinal

Strengths: Versatile big with smooth offensive skills and length … Very productive player right away in college, showing confidence and assertiveness … Good feel for the game … Competes hard, showing a good understanding of the game and how to utilize his skill set … Solid passer for a bigman … Possesses surprising ball handling ability for a big, even grabbing rebounds and taking the ball coast to coast and facilitating the break … Shows the ability to face up and knock down mid range and even 3 point shots … Volume shooter. Solid shooting form with clean mechanics, high release and follow through … Productive rebounder, averaging 9 per game in the early part of freshman season … Good mobility for a 6-10 freshman big … Moves around the court with a bounce in his step, and his exuberence for the game shows in his body language … Great length (7-2 wingspan) helps to make up some for lack of great speed and athleticism … Uses ball fakes well to draw opponents off balance or up in the air … Likes to face the basket and take oppoents off the dribble going to the basket, and has some effective fakes and foot work ... Solid footwork in the post, and some nifty post moves … Even keeled, doesn't get too high or low, or let his emotions get the best of him ... Solid touch around the rim ... His 75% free throw shooting, not to mention jumpshot form, shows his promise as an outside shooter ... Long arms give him solid shot blocking ability ...

Weaknesses: Below average run/jump athlete … Second jump is almost non-existant and his athleticism is far below NBA standard … Lacks explosiveness, raising the question of how effective he can be as a below the rim player at the NBA level … Better in the half court offensive set then in transition ... His below average athleticism has had an effect on his offensive efficiency, particularly around the rim ... His dunks are generally on broken plays or against below average defenders, and infrequent … Slow feet keep him from being a good perimeter defender and slow him in the post as well … May struggle to utilize much of his ball handling ability, particularly in the open floor due to his lack of speed … Body has good weight, but lacks great muscle. Does not seek out contact or play in a physical manner ... Lack of athleticism allows defenders to recover easily and block shots on his attempts around the rim … Likes to face up when he gets the ball and is efficient, but should look to add more post moves ... Lacks great ability in pick and roll defense and in the post ...

Outlook: Has a lot of hype as a possible one and done top 10 pick, and while some scouts are high on him, these projections appear premature … Will need to prove himself in the Big East portion of the schedule to solidify himself in scouts minds ... While labeled as a high level shooter, his sub-30% (26%) three point percentage is concerning. He shoots the ball with good form, but still must learn how to set up shots properly and prove himself by becoming more effective shooting against high level athletes … Projects as a pick and pop, stretch 4, who could carve out a nitch in the league if he can improve his shooting numbers, gain strength and defend NBA athletes ...

Notes: Measured 6'10.5 (in shoes) 231 lbs, with a 7'2 wingspan at the 2014 Nike Big Man Skills Academy ... Measured 6'9.5 without shoes, 6'10 with shoes, 228 lbs, with a 7'1.5 wingspan and 9'0 standing reach at the 2014 USA Junior National Team Mini Camp

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