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No. 18 pick: MU’s Henry Ellenson selected by Detroit Pistons in NBA Draft

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Henry Ellenson poses with Commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted 18th overall by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 23, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — The Detroit Pistons have selected forward Henry Ellenson of Marquette with the No. 18 pick in the NBA draft.

Ellenson averaged 17 points and 9.7 rebounds per game last season as a freshman. He also led the team with 49 blocked shots.

The 6-foot-11 Ellenson set school records for scoring and rebounding for a freshman. Although he is big enough to play around the basket, Ellenson can also run the floor and make jumpers. However, he shot only 29 percent from 3-point range in 2015-16.

Detroit went 44-38 last season, making the playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Pistons were swept in the first round by Cleveland.

The Pistons have built around star center Andre Drummond, and Ellenson could add some more scoring punch inside.

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