2016 NBA Draft: Henry Ellenson scouting report
Henry Ellenson 2016 NBA Draft scouting report
Henry Ellenson scouting report
Henry Ellenson had and up-and-down freshman season at Marquette, averaging 17 points per game on an inefficient 48.0 eFG percentage. He has the skills of a modern day stretch big man, similar to Kevin Love, but he shot just 28.8 percent from three and is a weak defender.
Click through the slides for Ellenson's strengths, weaknesses, and his fit on the Celtics.
Ellenson projects as a threat in the pick-and-pop because of his shooting potential. He needs to extend his range (as you’ll read on the next page), but he is already a knockdown mid-range shooter.
The Marquette freshman power forward is also a slick ball handler. He uses crossovers, hesitations, and looks like the type of skilled player who grew up playing guard -- not center. However, he can also play on the low post, which is a nice added element to his game.
The next step for Ellenson is to extend his range. Once he does that, he’ll fully be able to take advantage of his ball handling ability as a pick-and-pop and spot up shooting threat.
However, Ellenson is a liability on defense. He lacks length and verticality, so he’s not a shot blocker. Fundamentally he falls for pump fakes, so he’s prone to foul trouble. He does make up for it a bit as rebounder, but he’ll need to make strides before coaches can trust him on the floor.
If the Celtics are still in pursuit of Kevin Love, then Ellenson might be the next best thing. He’ll be on his rookie contract and he has an eerily similar skill-set coming into the league. There are no guarantees Ellenson ever reaches Love’s level, but there’s a chance.
Looking ahead, Ellenson has his limitations on defense but he’d be a nice fit playing alongside Jordan Mickey.
Plus, the Celtics proved last season that they could sustain a top defense without a shot blocking presence. That might not be their preference though as they’re building a championship level roster.
Ellenson will likely be drafted somewhere in the mid-to-late lottery, so he probably won’t be on the board when the Celtics select at No. 16. However, they do have the assets necessary to move up a few spots for him.
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