Ellenson to represent Team USA in Pan American Junior Championships


Feb 20, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes guard Alex Rogers (14) beats Minnesota Golden Gophers guard Wally Ellenson (3) to a loose ball at the Schottenstein Center. Ohio State won the game 71-45. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Sophomore Wally Ellenson is making quite a name for himself as a rising sophomore at the University of Minnesota. A three-star hoops recruit in high school and a state champion high jumper in Wisconsin, Ellenson, 19, will represent Team USA in the 2013 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships set to be held in Columbia in two weeks.

As a freshman, Ellenson finished in eighth place at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the high jump in addition to earning First Team All-American Honors as well as All-Academic Honors. But in Columbia, he will be facing the best-of-the-best track and field athletes at his age.

"“I’m very excited. I’m so excited that I can represent Team USA down at the Pan-Am games and I can’t wait for that experience and how that really is. It’s really just to better myself down there. I obviously want to be the best under-19 in the world. That is definitely the goal, but just raising the bar again so I can get ready for senior competition next year.” — Ellenson to WEAU"

Ellenson is also expected to be a big contributor to Richard Pitino’s Gopher basketball team this winter. As a freshman, he broke his hand before the start of the season and played sporadically after returning from injury. Under Pitino’s fast-paced, high-possession style offense, expect Ellenson to rack up more playing time than his freshman year.

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