The 6-4, 185-pound Wayne Ellington, a rising junior at Episcopal Academy (Pa.), has a smoothness to him that evokes memories of Bryant.
``A lot of people say that," Ellington admitted. "I don't really know about it, though. The first time I heard it was back in the eighth grade. I was real excited back then because he's my favorite player."
Ellington is making his own name, though, as one of the elite players in the Class of 2006.
The one-time Daniel Boone High (Pa.) star averaged 18 points per game in his first year at Episcopal, but it having an up-and-down spring and summer while playing with the Playaz Basketball Club.
``My coach, Jimmy Salmon, said I was the best player on the team at the beginning of the year," Ellington said. "But now I've shied away from it. I need to put up more shots. I've been a little too passive lately."
Ellington has five schools that have separated themselves at this point, but he's still a ways away from making a decision. In fact, he doesn't expect to do anything until about a year from now.
Right now it's North Carolina, Duke, Arizona. Kentucky and Wake Forest.
``Duke has a great program," said Ellington, who admitted that the Tar Heels were his dream school while growing up. "They are so successful and have such a good academic program, also." Ellington will be busy in July, beginning with a trip to the adidas Superstar Camp in Suwanee, Ga.