NCB On The Trail: Henry Ellenson

NY2LA Swish n' Dish tournament recap 

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MILWAUKEE -- The NY2LA Swish n' Dish tournament has become the destination event of the spring. The event features most of the top programs in the Midwest and is always full of top-level talent competing and playing hard. Here's a look at some of the best prospects from the tournament.

Best power forwards


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When you go to a Final Four, your legacy changes as a coach and a player. However, the way you recruit should not change because that philosophy is what got you to a Final Four and that should stay intact. Far too often I have seen coaches change their methods and try to go after higher-profile kids, thinking they can now land bigger fish. In the case of Wisconsin, coach Bo Ryan has a style when recruiting: He goes after skilled players with toughness and solid basketball IQs. He likes to find interchangeable players who can hurt a defense from different spots on the floor (think Nigel Hayes). The staff looks for big men with ball skills who can also produce inside and guards who like to score inside as well as behind the arc.

Making the Final Four won't instantly land Wisconsin better recruits, but the actual benefits come down the road with future classes, especially in 2016 and 2017 because it will be fresh in their minds when they start to think about schools. Going to the Final Four builds recruiting momentum for the upcoming years by opening doors and getting people's attention. When the Badgers want to pursue top 2015 prospects such as Diamond Stone, who is No. 5 in the ESPN 60, or Henry Ellenson, who is No. 47, it will certainly help. Wisconsin was already involved with these two prospects, but now they will get an even better look.

#AskCoachB: Better fit for Wisconsin

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The simple and best answer for the first question is: both. They are each outstanding big men in the Class of 2015.

Henry Ellenson is a strong and skilled post player with excellent shooting range and plenty of upside. The Badgers have been on him and are making him a priority. He was in attendance at the Kohl Center when Wisconsin recently beat Michigan State.

Diamond Stone is in the Badgers' back yard and his name has been on our boards since his freshman season. He is a legit 6-foot-10 post who has the skill to face the basket with post moves. That's rare at such a young age. He still needs to learn how to give maximum effort all the time, however.

Both fit extremely well in Bo Ryan's system because the Wisconsin coach has been successful utilizing big men who face the basket.

I believe Stone has the better chance of staying in state. He has two outstanding options in Marquette and Wisconsin.
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The Michigan Wolverines are having another strong season on the court this year, despite losing a pair of NBA players in Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. They are on top of the Big Ten standings playing without one of their main weapons in Mitch McGary, who had back surgery.

One thing that is evident under John Beilein and staff: They put effort into their evaluations and it pays off because most of their recruits fit their system.

Projecting needs for the 2015 class could vary based on who departs for the NBA, transfers and, of course, graduation. Their class for 2014 is ranked at No. 39. This is not a complete list, but here are some main targets for the Wolverines in the Class of 2015:

Stephen Zimmerman (Las Vegas /Bishop Gorman) Jalen Brunson (Chicago/Stevenson), Luke Kennard (Franklin, Ohio/Franklin) Carlton Bragg (Cleveland/ St. Joseph's), Diamond Stone (Milwaukee/ Dominican), Eric Davis (Saginaw, Mich./ Arthur Hill), Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake, Wis./Rice Lake).

Notebook: Potential pair for Providence 

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This week’s Friday recruiting notebook includes a look at a potential ESPN 100 package deal for Providence, handicapping the race for ESPN 100 point guard Kaleb Joseph, the final eight for No. 10 recruit Myles Turner, and plenty more recruiting news and notes.

Abdul Malik-Abu
Dave Telep/ESPNESPN 100 PF Abdul-Malik Abu is down to Providence, Florida, NC State and UConn.
Abu, Terrell and Providence?

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LAS VEGAS -- The underclassmen took center stage during Thursday's action at the adidas 64. Despite the sweltering heat in Vegas, scouts and coaches were treated to the dazzling talents of ESPN 25 prospect Josh Jackson (Detroit, Mich./Consortium) and ESPN 60 PF Carlton Bragg. Jackson has the physical tools and a feel for the game that is rare to see for a player of his youth, leading some in Michigan to call him the best prospect the state has produced since Chris Webber and Jalen Rose. Right now I would agree with that assessment but time will tell if it comes to fruition.

Not to be upstaged by the young guys, Florida commit Brandone Francis was also impressive for the senior class.

Here's a closer look at the top stars on Day 2 in Las Vegas.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The fifth annual adidas Invitational kicked off the July evaluation period this past week with more than 300 teams competing from Wednesday through Sunday. The pool was deep with potential players for all college levels, including high-major stars, mid-major prospects and under-the-radar recruits who emerged as talents to watch.

Let’s take a look at several top players from multiple classes who caught our eye throughout this elite five-day tournament. Here are our adidas Invitational superlatives.

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Kelly Kline/AdidasESPN 100 SF Sam Logwood showed off his athleticism and versatility at the adidas Invitational.
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Sam Logwood (Indianapolis/La Lumiere)
2014, PF/SF, 6-foot-7, 205 pounds

AAU: Eric Gordon All-Stars (Keeton)
Offers: Auburn, Mississippi State, Indiana State, Bradley and Miami (Ohio)
Interest: Oregon, Michigan State and Duke
Logwood is a combo forward who is more of a power forward at this time with a college-ready body. He excels in transition with his ability to play above the rim on the break, and in the half-court set he is a good two- or three-dribble straight-line driver who can finish through contact. Logwood will have to continue to develop his jumper and ballhandling. He is also a good rebounder, especially on the offensive glass, where his second jump is as quick and explosive as his first. Logwood is a capable multiple-position defender as well. He can switch and contain positions 1 through 3 and can defend a power forward in a small lineup. The bottom line is that Logwood plays hard and competes on both ends of the floor.

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10 things to know about the 2015 class 

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The new player rankings are out and the 2015 class of rising juniors has expanded from the ESPN 25 to the ESPN 60. With these prospects halfway through their high school careers, here are 10 things you need to know about the Class of 2015.

1. There’s a big man invasion

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