Ellington Scores 31 at Hoop Summit

Ellington

MEMPHIS --- USA 6-4 guard Wayne Ellington (Episcopal Academy/Wynnewood, Pa.) put on a show in the first half of Saturday's 2006 Nike Hoop Summit at the FedExForum. The future Tar Heel, one of three UNC signees in the game, scored 21 of his game-high and USA-record-tying 31 points as the USA rolled to a 109-91 victory.

IC Game Coverage
  • Box Score
  • Postgame Quotes
  • Video Highlights: Ellington Part I
  • Video Highlights: Ellington Part II
  • Video Highlights: Tywon Lawson
  • Video Highlights: Brandan Wright
  • Ellington's 31 point showing, which came on 11-of-16 shooting overall and 5-of-6 accuracy from 3-point range, tied the previous high scoring mark for a USA Team member in the Nike Hoop Summit, tying Tyler Hansbrough in 2005 and Casey Jacobsen in 1999. The U.S. also set a Hoop Summit record for most points scored, surpassing the 107 record established in 1999, and for most field goals made with 39 which bested the mark of 38 set in 2004 and 2005.

    "The focus of the game was to play quality defense," remarked USA and Lake Clifton High School (Baltimore, Md.) head coach Herman Harried. "We knew this World Select Team had shooters and would execute, so our focus was not to leave anybody open and the guys did a pretty good job of doing that."

    Said Ellington, "I just got in a zone. I knocked down my first one and it felt good, so I knew I had a few more coming. I got hot and coaches kept calling plays for me … I was wide open and kept knocking them down."

    Harried was impressed. "Anyone who watched the game … it speaks for itself. We ran some sets for Wayne and he finished them for us. I had no idea Wayne could shoot that well," added Harried.

    Nine of the USA's 10 players scored, including five in double digits. The USA victorious cause was also aided by 6-10 Kevin Durant (Montrose Christian / Suitland, Nd.) who finished with 20 points and seven rebounds, UNC signee Tywon Lawson (Oak Hill Academy / Clinton, Md.) contributed 17 points and a U.S. best six assists, while Ellington's Episcopal Academy teammate Gerald Henderson Jr. (Blue Bell,Pa.) accounted for 13 points, and Memphis own Thaddeus Young (Mitchell H.S./Memphis, Tenn.) added11 points.

    Making just one of its first five shots, the USA fell behind early 12-4. However, the U.S. found its shooting touch and battled back and the two teams fought for control the rest of the opening quarter. After the first 10 minutes were completed, the World Select Team held a one point advantage, 26-25.

    Ellington, who had five points in the game's first 10 minutes, got the hot shooting hand and the U.S. team repeatedly went to him. With the U.S. leading 37-34 with 5:31 left in the second quarter, Ellington drained four consecutive 3-pointers as the American squad jetted out ahead 51-36 with 3:20 left. Episcopal Academy teammate Henderson added 12 first half points on flawless 5-of-5 shooting.

    The U.S. made 22-of-32 shots (.688 percentage) overall in the game's first 20 minutes, including a sizzling 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) from 3-points. The World Team managed to make 18-of-37 (48.6) of its shots, including 4-of-7 (.571) from 3-point.

    The World Select Team cut the USA's advantage to 60-49 following a Dragan Labovic (Serbia & Montenegro) 3-pointer with 8:45 remaining in the third quarter, but the U.S., behind five points from Young, went on a 7-2 sprint to grab a 67-51 lead.

    Getting seven points from Durant during an 11-5 offensive spurt, the U.S. opened its largest lead of the game moving ahead 78-56 with 3:51 left in the third period.

    But the World Team was unwilling to fold and with Great Britain's Dan Clark scoring six points inside, it closed the period riding a 13-2 run that closed the gap to 80-69.

    The World Team's hopes of rallying back were ended after the United States scored the first nine points of the final quarter to open an 89-69 advantage. Memphis prep All-American Young got things started with a jumper, Durant added a layup on a pass from Lawson, Ellington added to his point total with a traditional three point play, and the run was capped by a thunderous dunk by Durant that came off a feed from Ellington. The U.S. cruised in from there to post the 109-91 victory.

    The USA finished shooting 49.4 percent (39-79 FGs) from the floor and 45.0 percent (9-20 3pt FGs) from beyond the 3-point line, while the World squad shot 46.5 percent (33-71 FGs) from the field and 40.0 percent from 3-point (6-15 3pt FGs).

    The World Team out rebounded the U.S. 40 to 39, but committed 10 more turnovers than the U.S. after being whistled for 25 turnovers compared to 15 for the United States.

    The World Team's scoring was led by Milenko Tepic (Serbia & Montenegro) who finished with 16 points, Senegal's 7-0 center Mouhamed Saer Sene recorded 15 points, six rebounds a Nike Hoop Summit record equaling nine blocked shots (tying Kevin Garnett's mark set in 1995). The World also received 13 points from Luigi Datome (Italy) and Labovic, and the 6-10 Clark grabbed a game best 10 rebounds.

    POSTGAME QUOTES

    Wayne Ellington

    On the second quarter:
    I just got in a zone. I knocked down my first one and it felt good, so I knew I had a few more coming. I got hot and coaches kept calling plays for me … I was wide open and kept knocking them down.

    On playing together with Gerald Henderson Jr.:
    It's just natural to be on the court with him; we've been playing together for three years (at Episcopal Academy). We look for each other and we find each other on the court.

    Were you shocked how the World team came out to play?
    I wasn't shocked at all. Coached emphasized it all week that they were going to get out in transition and that they were going to shoot the ball. So when they came out and did those things, we had a reality check. We had to check ourselves, put our foot down, play defense and start to execute on offense.

    Was there any part of the international rules that you had to adjust to?
    Not for me. I played in the U.S. Festival in June, so I was used to it. It's hard to adjust to the rules the first time out, but our team caught on quickly.

    Thoughts on playing with other North Carolina players (Tywon Lawson and Brandan Wright):
    It was fun. Next year we're going to have even more fun. We have a lot to bring to the table. We all know how to play basketball, we understand how to play the game. Next year the ACC is going to be tough. There's a lot of great freshman coming in along with the guys that are already there, it's going to be a great year.

    Tywon Lawson

    What it felt to wear the USA jersey:
    It felt real good. They could have picked anyone to play point guard and they picked me, so it means a lot. It's a great win - that's the best in the world and we're the best in the United States for high school players. I was trying to push up the tempo because we came out a little slow and sluggish, so I was trying to push up the tempo and get everyone involved to score because that part of our game was lacking at that time.

    Responding to the International start:
    It did surprise me because I didn't think they were going to be that mobile. Coach was telling us that they're quick up and down the court, so when they got that dunk, I knew they would be real good.

    What was the changing point in the game:
    When we came back from the 12-4 run and we went up 10 points. That's when we took control of the game.

    On Wayne Ellington's performance:
    I was a little surprised. I knew he was a great shooter, but I never saw him shoot like that, making that many shots in a row. He's a great shooter, a great player.

    Brandan Wright

    On playing against the World Team:
    We knew the International team was long and strong and good. We expected a hard-fought game down on the post.

    On playing with a team of High School All-Americas:
    Everyone is here is coming from a high school team where they're the man, where you do everything for the team. But this is USA Basketball, and the idea is to come together to play hard for the country. You have to make sacrifices and certain players make sacrifices this afternoon. You just have to go out and play hard and do what you can to help the team win.

    On the Hoop Summit Game:
    This was nothing like an All-Star Game. Everyone put there ego aside to represent their country. You're going up against the World. It was a pleasure to spend time with these guys at the McDonald's game and a pleasure to spend time here. No one was selfish, no one had an ego. I had great teammates.

    
    OFFICIAL BASKETBALL BOX SCORE -- G A M E   T O T A L S                          
    2006 NIKE HOOP SUMMIT
    World Select Team vs USA Junior National Select Team                          
    04/08/05 3:00 p.m. at FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee                            
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    VISITORS: World Select Team
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player                 FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    08 Luigi Datome........ f  4 11   3  4   2  2   1  1  2   2  13  2  1  0  1  24
    12 Rafael Hettsheimeir. f  3  4   0  0   2  3   1  4  5   2   8  2  1  0  0  14
    14 Mouhamed Saer Sene.. c  6  8   0  0   3  4   3  3  6   3  15  0  2  9  1  27
    06 Patrick Mills....... g  2 10   0  3   4  4   1  1  2   3   8  6  1  0  1  21
    07 Igor Milosevic...... g  2  5   1  1   0  1   0  1  1   3   5  1  6  1  0  19
    05 Artur Urazmanov.....    1  4   0  2   0  2   0  2  2   2   2  5  1  0  1  19
    09 Marvell Waithe......    2  5   1  2   0  2   1  1  2   0   5  0  2  0  1   8
    10 Ji Zhe..............    0  2   0  0   0  0   1  1  2   1   0  0  2  0  0   8
    11 Dragan Labovic......    3  7   1  2   6  6   0  3  3   2  13  0  2  0  1  14
    13 Dan Clark...........    3  8   0  1   0  2   4  6 10   2   6  0  4  0  2  19
    15 Milenko Tepic.......    7  7   0  0   2  3   1  2  3   2  16  4  1  1  0  27
    TM TEAM................                         1  1  2             2
       Totals..............   33 71   6 15  19 29  14 26 40  22  91 20 25 11  8 200
    
    TOTAL FG%: .465 DEADBALL
    3-Pt. FG%: .400 REBOUNDS
    F Throw %: .655 6,2
    
    
                                                                                    
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    HOME TEAM: USA Junior Nat'l Select Team (1-0)                                   
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS                         
    No.     N A M E           FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP   A TO BLK S MIN
    09 Thaddeus Young...... f  5 11   1  3   0  0   1  2  3   3  11  1  3  2  1  19
    10 Kevin Durant........ f  7 15   2  5   4  4   1  6  7   2  20  1  1  1  0  22
    12 Brandan Wright...... f  1  3   0  0   0  0   1  2  3   1   2  0  1  2  0  23
    04 Tywon Lawson........ g  4  6   1  3   8  8   1  1  2   3  17  6  1  0  2  23
    06 Wayne Ellington..... g 11 16   5  6   4  5   0  3  3   2  31  3  2  0  3  25
    05 Jon Scheyer.........    0  4   0  2   1  2   0  0  0   2   1  0  1  0  1  12
    07 Gerald Henderson....    5  9   0  0   3  5   1  2  3   1  13  2  2  3  2  19
    08 Paul Harris.........    2  6   0  1   2  4   2  5  7   1   6  6  3  1  1  24
    11 Vernon Macklin......    0  2   0  0   0  0   1  0  1   2   0  1  1  0  1  16
    13 Spencer Hawes.......    4  7   0  0   0  0   1  2  3   3   8  1  0  0  0  17
    TM TEAM................                         3  4  7
       Totals..............   39 79   9 20  22 28  12 27 39  20 109 21 15  9 11 200
    
    TOTAL FG%: .494 DEADBALL
    3-Pt. FG%: .450 REBOUNDS
    F Throw %: .786 6,1
    
    
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    Officials: Terry Moore; Jeff Nichols; Jorge Vazquez;
    
    Technical fouls: World Select Team-None. USA-None.
    
    Score by Periods      1  2  3  4   Total
    World Select Team... 26 18 25 22  - 91
    USA................. 25 33 22 29  -109  
    

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