Rice Lake has become a known name west of its own border because of the Ellenson family. Wally, Elwood, and Henry have basically become adopted Minnesota sons with all three playing for the Minnesota Pump N Run AAU organization and Wally now at the University of Minnesota playing for Tubby Smith.
Last year Rice Lake played in the Target Center for the Timberwolves Shootout and this year they are a Breakdown Tip Off Classic headliner. The Minnesota foe this year is Eden Prairie, a team with three starters back in Grant Shaeffer, Andre Wallace, and Jack Cottrell.
Jack Cottrell vs Henry Ellenson: This is football recruit (Cottrell committed to Boston College) against nationally top 25 rated sophomore standout. Henry will have the skill advantage as well as height plus he’s a strong underclassmen. However, Cottrell will bring his rugged football mentality to the contest and he won’t back down from the Wisconsin star an inch.
Why Eden Prairie will win:
Why Rice Lake will win:
Our Prediction: Eden Prairie