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Wisconsin prep shooting guard chooses Hawkeyes

[ 0 ] September 24, 2013 |

Fran McCaffery’s teams have increased their number of victories in each of his first three seasons as Iowa’s basketball coach, from 11 to 18 to 25. That’s happened even though 3-point shooting has not been a consistent weapon.

Brady Ellingson hopes to change that. The 6-foot-4 guard from Hamilton High School in Sussex, Wis., committed to the Hawkeye program Tuesday evening. Ellingson, who announced his decision on Twitter, averaged 21.3 points and shot 48 percent from 3 as a junior and was named player of the year in the Greater Metro Conference.

Ellingson, who had offers from a dozen Division I programs, including Missouri and Dayton, and picked Iowa over San Diego, hopes to give Iowa’s perimeter game a boost. The Hawkeyes shot 31.4 from 3 in 2010-11 , McCaffery’s first season, improved to 37.3 percent the following season but got to the title game of the NIT Championship despite shooting just 30.5 percent last season.

McCaffery hopes that Peter Jok, an incoming freshman from West Des Moines Valley, will give the perimeter game a boost this season. Ellingson, who will sign in November, hopes to do the same starting in 2014-15.

Ellingson was one of four players to make an official visit to Iowa last weekend. Another of those four, Scott Lindsey of Oak Park, Ill., has since committed to Northwestern. The other two are forwards Tory Miller, who is also considering Arizona State, Colorado,Marquette and Miami of Florida, and Dominique Uhl, who has offers from Boston College, George Mason, Maryland, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State and Temple.

Iowa was also a finalist for suburban Chicago point guard Tyler Ulis, who selected Kentucky on September 13. With Ellingson’s commitment, the Hawkeyes have three more scholarships remaining in the Class of 2014.

Ellingson played for the Ray Allen Select AAU team. One of his teammates, point guard Riley LaChance of Brookfield, Wis., is expected to visit Iowa later this week. Tom LaChance, Riley’s father, coaches the Ray Allen Select team.

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Category: Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball

About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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