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Mock Draft Round-Up: Where experts have Ellenson in the NBA draft

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Ellenson will be first MU player drafted in the first round since Jimmy Butler in 2011 (Meredith Gillespie/meredith.gillespie@mu.edu)

Ellenson will be first MU player drafted in the first round since Jimmy Butler in 2011 (Meredith Gillespie/meredith.gillespie@mu.edu)

Ellenson will be first MU player drafted in the first round since Jimmy Butler in 2011 (Meredith Gillespie/meredith.gillespie@mu.edu)

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There’s no question that Henry Ellenson will be selected in tonight’s NBA Draft. The mystery is where he’ll end up. Here’s where NBA and NCAA pundits have him going.

 

Detroit_Pistons_logo.svgAndrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated: 18th overall to Detroit Pistons
Updated: June 23

Ellenson may not fall this far on draft night—Toronto, Milwaukee, Denver, and Phoenix will all be tempted—but if he does, it’s hard to imagine he slips past Detroit. He’s a perfect stretch–four for Stan Van Gundy, with the potential to play next to Andre Drummond or come off the bench as a stretch–five while Drummond sits. His defense will be a work in progress, but this low in the draft, his size and skill would be a steal. 

altanta_hawks_2015_logo_secondaryChad Ford, ESPN: 12th overall to Atlanta Hawks
Updated: June 23

 

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Gary Parrish, CBS Sports: 9th overall to Toronto Raptors
Updated: June 22

 

Chicago_Bulls_logo.svgSam Vecenie, CBS Sports: 14th overall to Chicago Bulls
Updated: June 14

 

Phoenix_Suns_2013_LOGOJonas Nader, Yahoo: 13th overall to Phoenix Suns
Updated: June 22

With Phoenix’s second pick in the first round, I have a feeling that they will add another power forward to go along with Marquese Chriss. Ellenson will likely be able to step in right away and help out with his ability to rebound and score the basketball. He’s also an improving shooter and should be able to hit the 3-pointer at the next level. 

Indiana_Pacers.svgJonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report: 2oth overall to Indiana Pacers
Updated: June 23

Henry Ellenson gives the Indiana Pacers a stretch 4 and some depth behind Myles Turner.

He could be viewed as the best available player, given his 6’11 ½” size, ball skills, shooting stroke and rebounding presence. Below-average athleticism knocks him out of the lottery.

He doesn’t project as a defensive asset, but at No. 20, the Pacers aren’t nitpicking. His offensive versatility is tailor-made for today’s power forward position. 

altanta_hawks_2015_logo_secondaryWashington Post: 21st overall to Atlanta Hawks
Updated: June 22

The Hawks consider Ellenson a top-10 talent. With the uncertainty of re-signing Al Horford, a big who can slide between power forward and center would be an asset.

Chicago_Bulls_logo.svgBroderick Turner, Los Angeles Times: 14th overall to Chicago Bulls
Updated: June 22

His versatility as an offensive threat may help the Bulls. He can be a stretch four and he has a nice low-post game.

torJoe Cowley, Chicago Sun-Times: 9th overall to Toronto Raptors
Updated: June 22

The Raptors need a power forward and the 19-year-old is a perfect fit.

torAaron Dodson, The Undefeated: 9th overall to Toronto Raptors
Updated: June 23

Big men are at a premium. Especially ones as skilled as the double-double threat Ellenson. Post up in the 6ix. Has a ring to it (cc: Drake).

Phoenix_Suns_2013_LOGOKevin O’Connor, SB Nation: 13th overall to Phoenix Suns
Updated: June 22

There was a report early this year that in 2015 the Cavs considered trading Kevin Love to the Suns. Well, that didn’t happen. But the Suns can get the next best thing in Ellenson, who’s like a poor man’s Love.

Indiana_Pacers.svgDraft Express: 20th overall to Indiana Pacers
Updated: June 23

 

Phoenix_Suns_2013_LOGONBA Draft.net: 13th overall to Phoenix Suns
Updated: June 23

 

Chicago_Bulls_logo.svgChris Reichert, Fansided: 14th overall to Chicago Bulls
Updated: June 23

Ellenson has the potential to play both the power forward and center positions at 7-0, which makes him very attractive to teams who need rebounding, scoring and potentially outside shooting. His poor shooting percentage is viewed as an anomaly, and that’s mostly due to the fact that his shooting mechanics are very good. If he doesn’t develop into the shooter teams hope he can be, he likely won’t be around the league very long.

 

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Jack Goods is the sports editor of the Marquette Wire, covering the men's soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams. He is a senior from Buffalo, New York...

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