Ellington To UNC

- Inside Carolina
Posted May 23, 2005


Less than two weeks after securing the No. 1 point guard in the class, North Carolina now also has a commitment from the nation's top shooting guard. Wayne Ellington has decided to become a Tar Heel.

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    “He committed to Roy Williams last night,” a source close to the situation said Monday morning. Coaches were contacted late Sunday night and the final calls to staffs were made Monday morning, the source confirmed.

    Ellington, a 6-4, 190-pound guard from Merion (Pa.) The Episcopal Academy, will announce his commitment at a Wednesday press conference. He is ranked the No. 6 prospect in the rising senior class by Scout.com and the No. 1 shooting guard.

    Nearby Villanova was the other finalist, while he also considered UConn, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona, NC State, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest. He took an official visit to Villanova three weeks ago and was on an official trip to Chapel Hill this past weekend.

    Ellington and teammate Gerald Henderson, a Duke commitment, led Episcopal to the No. 1 ranking in the city and a 25-3 final record last season. Ellington's junior year stats were 21.1 points (56% FG, 74% FT), 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

    “I guess I would describe myself as a good perimeter player with a nice jump shot that can get to the basket and make plays,” Ellington said earlier this year. “I could probably make more plays for others and I’d like to get a little stronger and more physical.”

    While listed as a shooting guard, he has point skills and therefore is expected to be more of a combo guard in college and beyond.

    "Blessed with good height and length, Ellington is equally comfortable running the show or scoring from the wing," said IC analyst Eric Bossi. "As a point he makes good decisions, consistently beats his man off the dribble and gets into the lane where he can convert from all angles or find an open man for the easy basket. On the wing it is his dangerous jumper from downtown and already advanced mid-range game that makes him a load for defenders."

    Ellington is UNC's third commitment from the class of 2006. He joins point guard Tywon Lawson and forward William Graves.

    Related Links:
    * Wayne Ellington Profile
    * IC's Recruiting Central


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