First Look: Wayne Ellington

Get to know PA guard Wayne Ellington. Kansas joins a list of other big-time programs in pursuit of the talents of this elite guard from the 2006 class. Details inside.<br>

It isn’t like Wayne Ellington was an unknown heading into his junior season at Merion (PA) Episcopal. In fact, Ellington has been highly regarded for quite some time. Well, after a magnificent campaign, the 6-4 PG/WG has elevated his stock to the point that many believe he could be the premier perimeter recruit in the class of 2006.

Blessed with good height and length, Ellington is equally comfortable running the show or scoring from the wing. 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.

“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 told Phog.Net. “I could probably make more plays for others and I’d like to get a little stronger and more physical.”

Along with adding strength, Ellington could probably use his length to his advantage a little more on the defensive end. He is solid as a defender, but has the tools to be a first class defender.

Not surprisingly most of college basketball’s heavy-hitters have come calling on him.

North Carolina, Villanova, UConn, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Kansas and Arizona are involved,” said Ellington. “There are no favorites at this point.”

Now that his season is over Ellington can spend a little more time investigating the schools on his list and recently took unofficial visits to North Carolina and Duke. As for Kansas, assistant coach Joe Dooley has worked hard just to get them on his list but the Jayhawks are a team that Ellington is still learning more about.

“I know that they are very interested in me,” said Ellington. “I also know that they have a good program and it’s a good school, but that’s all I really know right now.”

Over the next couple of months he’ll try to fit in some more visits in hopes of making a relatively early decision. UNC and Wake Forest are sure bets to receive official visits, which leaves the rest of the pack angling for one of the other three visits.

As excited as he is to choose a school, Ellington is also excited to make one last run with the always loaded Playaz Basketball Club.

“Yeah definitely, the spring and summer is going to be a lot of fun,” said Ellington. “We’re going to be really good this year and we want to make some noise.”


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