Ellington Impresses At Oregon Tournament

Wayne Ellington is looking forward to a big summer with the Playaz.

One of the more impressive performers at this past weekend's Rose City Showcase in Portland, Oregon, was Playaz Basketball Club guard Wayne Ellington. The athletic 6-3, 175-pound shooting guard from The Episcopal Academy in Merion (PA) did his best to keep the Playaz going after an opening round loss in the tournament, and helped the team eventually finish in fifth.

The relatively mediocre finish has been somewhat of a broken record for the Playaz thus far on the circuit. "We kind of started off slow as a team," said Ellington. "But we're becoming better - we're young. Next tournament we should do better."

While team-wise the Playaz may not have not have had the success so far that Ellington would have liked, he does like the way his individual performance has come along. At the Rose City Showcase, Ellington displayed a smooth outside jumper, the ability to create off the dribble, and the hops to finish at the rim.

"I'm elevating my game - I feel more comfortable now," said Ellington, who is working on improving "everything" in his game. "I'm playing better - I think I'm getting better."

His coach with the Playaz, Jimmy Salmon, couldn't agree more. "From the start of the season he's probably been our best guy," said Salmon. "He's been our best player for the duration of the year."

It's still a little early, but a whole host of high-majors dot Ellington's current list. North Carolina, Duke, Arizona, Connecticut, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Villanova, and St. Joseph's are some of the many that have shown great interest in the young wing. He noted no offers at this time. Ellington claims no favorites, much less a leader right now, but did comment on a few of the schools on his list.

On Duke: "It's a great school. It's a great academically and a great athletic school."

On North Carolina: "Same thing (as Duke)."

On Kentucky: "I don't really know much about Kentucky right now, but I know they're interested."

On Connecticut: "That's a great school and they produce a lot of great players. They're also a good academic school."

Obviously, academics will play a big role in Ellington's decision, although he's not quite sure yet what he will major in. He also has some other factors that he'll put into consideration. "The surroundings, the environment, where it's located," he said.


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