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Henry Ellenson Discusses Winning Gold For Team USA

Rice Lake (WQOW) -- Henry Ellenson woke up Monday morning in Dubai. By the evening he was back home in Rice Lake, gold medal in hand.

Ellenson has been on the road for several weeks. First, at the USA Basketball Training Camp in Colorado Springs. Then, it was off to the Middle East, where he helped the United States 17-and-under team win a world championship this past week. Ellenson says nothing compares to winning gold, but the experience also taught him he's still go work to do.
"I didn't really realize it until the clock struck zero and then you had that feeling overcome you that you're a world champ. That was a great feeling," says Ellenson. "You're playing against the world's best talent so you know you had to be prepared. It's good competitiveness. You learn that you have to keep working because if you don't, those guys are going to pass you up. So it makes you, I guess, more competitive."

Ellenson is set to start his senior season at Rice Lake High School, but a big decision looms: where he'll be playing college hoops. Step one to figure out is where and when he'll be taking his official visits.

"I haven't set any timeline, I'm not going to rush myself into it. But then again, it is the time to start deciding things because this is the next step in my basketball career -- figuring out where I'm going to go. I'm going to figure out what I'm going to do on the first signing date. I'm going to be decided by then, for sure. I'm not going to drag it out throughout my senior season. I'm going to focus on that and get the college decision done before then," adds Ellenson.

Next on Ellenson's agenda: a little R & R with family before resuming his hoops workouts.  Ellenson has been ranked fifth nationally in the class of 2015, which means his phone gets a workout as college coaches compete for his services.

"It's humbling seeing all those texts from the big-time coaches," says Ellenson, "just to have them at your games, see them sit in the front row and knowing that they want you, it's really humbling, 'cause that's the guys you see on TV, ESPN and all that."

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