Ellingson headed to Iowa
Hamilton’s Brady Ellingson makes a basket last winter. Photo by: Russ Pulvermacher
"If you build it, they will come," repeats the famous phrase from Field Of Dreams, a movie slogan as inextricable from the state of Iowa as cornfields and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Brady Ellingson helped build the Sussex Hamilton boys basketball team into a league power, and the college scouts came, indeed. Now, he's headed to the cornfields.
The 6-4 Hamilton senior sharpshooter committed to play for the University of Iowa, becoming the 10th player from the state's Class of 2014 to commit to a Division 1 university but the first to commit to a Big Ten program.
"The Big Ten has always been a dream of mine," Ellingson said. "I've grown up a Badgers fan my whole life, but I can't really be much of a fan anymore. When (Iowa) offered me, it didn't really hit me until after I committed and everyone was congratulating me about the level of the school. It was just a great fit and what I was looking for."
Ellingson, who already has three years of varsity experience under his belt, averaged 21.3 points per game last season as the Chargers took home a share of the Greater Metro Conference title, their first such crown since 1979. He made the choice over Oakland (Mich.), San Diego, Ball State and Dayton.
Seldom does a Wisconsin prep basketball player choose a Big Ten school that isn't the University of Wisconsin — in fact, it's been Iowan players heading to play for Bucky over recent years such as Jason Bohannon, Ben Brust and Jarrod Uthoff (who has since transferred home and will be a teammate of Ellingson's). But Ellingson's shooting ability (51 percent overall, 48 percent from three) makes him a great fit for Iowa's needs.
"When I'm a freshman, they'll have a senior shooting guard, but I think Coach (Fran McCaffery) sees me as being the backup shooting guard (at first)," Ellingson said. "Hopefully I'll be even more of a key contributor. It's nice that I can just now focus on my senior year (at Hamilton) and doing the best I can for my team."
Iowa offered Ellingson at the end of July after watching him play in Las Vegas. He made his official visit two weeks ago.
Ellingson's AAU teammate Riley LaChance, who also happens to be the top player for Hamilton's chief competition in the GMC next year at Brookfield Central, announced late Monday that he had chosen Vanderbilt over Iowa. LaChance became the 12th player in the class to commit to a D1 program.
Meanwhile even closer to home, the announcement came two weeks after Hamilton girls basketball player Mackenzie Latt announced she was headed to Davidson. Latt and Ellingson have enjoyed many career parallels, both starting as freshmen for their respective teams and helping turn their programs into conference champions.
"I'm really happy for her and she's probably the best girls player I've seen around here," Ellingson said. "She'll do great at Davidson."
With Central looking like a juggernaut this year, Hamilton will be hard-pressed to repeat their GMC title. But it helps having the reigning league Player of the Year and a Big Ten talent on board. Ellingson said he has ideas about what to improve before college.
"I need to keep getting stronger and faster, and I'm working on my ballahdning a lot," Ellingson said. "With my on-the-ball defense, I feel like I can get to the next level. That will be a big jump."
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