TOC: Ellington Comes 'Home'

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Two days after announcing to the world that he will be a Tar Heel in the fall of 2006, Wayne Ellington came "home" to Chapel Hill.

"It's a lot of fun," he said grinning from ear to ear, gazing into the rafters from the Dean Smith Center floor. "I had fun today, even though a lot of my shots weren't dropping. Getting up and down the court, playing here -- it feels like home."

Ellington was in town Friday night helping his Philadelphia AAU team, "The Playaz," win their first game in pool play at the Tournament of Champions.

Ellington finished the night with 18 points on 7-for-16 field goals (2-8 3pt, 2-2 FT) and two rebounds in a game called early due to the 20-point slaughter rule.

"I didn't play that well," he said. "I could have played better, but we won by 30, so I can't complain."

His teammate, the 6-5 Gerald Henderson, who announced that he will be attending Duke University the week before, also made the trip.

"Gerald and I are really close," he said. "Over the past three years, we grew to be best friends. We are going to keep it that way. Even when we get down here, it will be a good rivalry, but we will still be best friends."

But the two aren't waiting until they get to campus in over a year. As soon as they stepped in the building, they were going at each other.

"[I told him] how he's in my house now… how it is going to be filled in two years and how, of course, North Carolina is going to win."

"I told him, joking around, that I was going to spit on the court before the game," Henderson said.

Ellington's host on his visit last weekend, Marvin Williams, who is working out in Chapel Hill until the NBA Draft, was in the stands watching the newest Tar Heel display his skills.

"[The time Marvin has spent on me] demonstrates how close the North Carolina family is," Ellington said.

"[Chapel Hill] is a great place," Williams said from his seat in the stands.

And now they are both a part of the Carolina Family.

"Forever, I'll always be a part of Carolina," Williams said, "No matter if I was here a year or all four. And everybody who plays here will always be a part of that family. That is one thing I liked about Carolina. When they come they will be a part of the family too."

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