Tubby, UK Eye Top 2006 Shooting Guard

The Wildcats' stellar recruiting year of a season ago has not deterred them from evaluating some of the best shooting guard prospects in the future.

It was just another weekend for sharpshooter Wayne Ellington of the Playaz Gold team. Ellington, a terrific 6-3, 175-pound shooting guard from The Episcopal Academy in Merion, Penn., helped Jimmy Salmon's AAU team claim the Playaz Ball title held this past weekend on the campus of Seton Hall University.

Wayne was named the co-MVP along with Gerald Henderson by the reporters covering the event. Ellington had several timely baskets throughout the two-day event. He demonstrated that he is one of the toughest 2006 guards to defend due to his versatility.

Ellington has a sweet touch from the perimeter and is athletic enough to move past defenders for driving layups. "I am working on everything in my game this summer," he said. "That's what I always try to do."

Ellington will play in Las Vegas with the Playaz Gold team. "I am trying to work on my defense," he said. "I want to work on my strength too."

Wayne has several major schools on his list. "I don't have a favorite but I do hear from Connecticut, Syracuse, Kentucky, Villanova, St. Joe's, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, and Arizona," he said.

Like most high major schools, Kentucky is likely to evaluate him over the next year. If he can live up to the standards of Tubby Smith over the next several months, Ellington then will probably have members of the UK staff watching him next summer.


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