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Golden Eagles add Ellenson, Heldt to 2014, 2015 classes

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Marquette men’s basketball added two more commitments to its growing 2014 and 2015 recruiting classes as head coach Steve Wojciechowski signed class of 2015 center Matt Heldt Tuesday and ex-Minnesota guard Wally Ellenson Wednesday.

Ellenson averaged just under seven minutes per game with the Golden Gophers in 2013, scoring 1.8 points per game on 31.3 percent shooting. He is 6-foot-6, 210 pounds and is also an accomplished athlete on the track. Ellenson participated in the 2013 Pan-American Junior Championships and won the gold medal in high jump. Ellenson’s vertical could help him defensively and could explain his 12 rebounds in just 62 minutes of action last season, an efficient number for a guard, despite limited action. To compare, Marquette’s best rebounding guard last season was Derrick Wilson, who pulled down 122 boards in 987 minutes on the court.

Ellenson will have two years of eligibility remaining once he arrives at Marquette, but will be forced to sit out the entire 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules. His mother announced the news of his transfer on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

Heldt, at 6-foot-10, 210 pounds, is rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN.com, the fourth-best player in Wisconsin and the 20th-best center in the country. Heldt, who attends Neenah High School, joins Sun Prairie guard Nick Noskowiak as the second member of Wojciechowski’s 2015 class. Heldt chose the Golden Eagles over local rivals Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee, MAC schools Northern Illinois and Toledo and Big East rival Xavier.

Marquette also hosted Ellenson’s brother, power forward Henry Ellenson, for an official visit last Friday. Henry Ellenson is rated as the fifth-best recruit in the nation by ESPN.com and is receiving interest from national powers Duke, North Carolina, UCLA and in-state rival Wisconsin.

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