The Toronto Raptors have reportedly added a familiar face, signing big man Henry Ellenson to a 10-day contract, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Toronto is signing forward Henry Ellenson to a 10-day contract, sources tell ESPN.- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 10, 2021
Ellenson, 24, joins Toronto after spending the better part of the past two seasons with the Raptors 905 of the G League. The 6-foot-10 sharpshooter was invited to Toronto Raptors training camp this season and was one of the team's final roster cuts.
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Ellenson was born on Jan. 13, 1997, in Rice Lake, WI.
He attended Rice Lake High School, where he was ranked No. 5 in the ESPN Top 100 in the Class of 2015 and earned selections to the McDonald's and Jordan Brand All-American Games. Ellenson elected to attend Marquette University over Michigan State and the University of Kentucky.
Ellenson spent one season at Marquette, starting in all 33 games of the season.
As a freshman, he earned All-Big East First Team, Big East All-Freshmen and Big East Freshman of the year honours with averages of 17.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Despite leading the Golden Eagles to a 20-13 record, the team did not participate in postseason play.
Weeks after his standout freshman year came to a close, Ellenson declared for the 2016 NBA Draft.
NBA and G League Career
The Detroit Pistons selected Ellenson with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Almost poetically, he made his NBA debut in a loss to the Raptors at just 19 years old.
Ellenson struggled to find his role with the Pistons and spent a great amount of time on assignment with the team's then-G League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive. On Feb. 9, 2019, Detroit released Ellenson after he had appeared in just 59 games with the team.
He's appeared in a total of 81 NBA games, spending 17 games with the New York Knicks in the 2018-19 season and five games with the Brooklyn Nets in the 2019-20 season.
Since turning pro in 2016, Ellenson has appeared in 74 G League games with the Drive, Long Island Nets and the 905, which acquired him during the 2019-20 season from Long Island. After a standout season with the 905 in 2019-20, Ellenson signed a camp deal with the Raptors but was cut ahead of the 2020-21 NBA season.
During the 2021 G League bubble, Ellenson averaged 21.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while shooting 42.7 percent from deep on over eight attempts per game.
lots of buckets from @HenryEllenson13 pic.twitter.com/O4eeW8ZIx9- NBA G League (@nbagleague) March 1, 2021
Ellenson has posted career G League averages of 20.0 points and 9.2 rebounds, knocking down 2.4 3s per game at a 37.6 percent clip.
He brings size and shooting to the Raptors and the 24-year-old is still young with plenty of upside.
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