This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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Wally Ellenson transferring to Marquette

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers coaches, Gophers players Updated: July 2, 2014 - 5:25 PM

Former Minnesota basketball player and track star Wally Ellenson will be transferring to Marquette this fall.

Ellenson's mother, Holly, tweeted the news on Wednesday afternoon.

"It is official Wally is part of the Marquette Basketball Family," she wrote, along with a picture of her son signing his National Letter of Intent.

Ellenson will continue his dual-sport campaign with the Golden Eagles, high jumping and joining the roster of first-year basketball coach, Steve Wojciechowski. 

"We are excited for him!" Holly Ellenson told the Star Tribune in a text.

Ellenson, who was originally recruited by former Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith, played at Minnesota for two years before opting to leave the team in February. The 6-6 rising junior is a twice consecutive first-team All American in high jumping and last month finished as the national runner-up in the high jump at the NCAA Division I Championships in Eugene, Ore.

The Rice Lake, Wis. native averaged 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds in 6.9 minutes a game for the Gophers last year. The previous season, Ellenson -- who broke his left hand before play began -- averaged two points and 0.8 rebounds in 5.3 minutes a game after Smith pulled his redshirt near the end of the non-conference schedule.

Marquette is also heavily recruiting Ellenson's younger brother, Henry, a five-star athlete in the 2015 class.


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