Wright, Ellington Face Off Tonight

Two of North Carolina's top signees are set to battle Thursday night in the championship game of the City of Palms Classic. Dave Telep, from courtside in Fort Myers, Fla., evaluates how they got here ...

Brandan Wright's Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) and Wayne Ellington's Episcopal Academy (Pa.) have not just delivered, but have in fact exceeded expectations in leading their teams to Thursday's championship.

Ellington, who is teamed with Duke signee Gerald Henderson, has been an unstoppable offensive weapon at the tournament.

"Ellington, in tandem with Henderson, has been terrific down here," said Scout.com's Dave Telep, who is covering the tournament for Inside Carolina. "But with Wayne in particular, he's been shooting the basketball well, he's attacked the rim with an extra burst and step - he's been outstanding each time he's taken the court."

Ellington has averaged 26.3 points in Episcopal's three wins at the City of Palms, while shooting 58 percent from the field, 39 percent on three-pointers and 78 percent from the free throw line.

Wright has led his team by being a dominant force, but also by playing more aggressive than usual.

"Wright just simply cranked his game up and is showing something every time out," Telep said. "He's been sensational - the kids from New York last night came out with intensity and Wright matched it and was even nastier. He's been playing off the charts here."

He has averaged 25 points per game at the City of Palms, and shooting a remarkable 74 percent from the field. On the defensive end, he's also stepped up his game, with 6.3 blocks per game.

"I've always liked comparing him to Chris Bosh, but had thought Bosh was a better shotblocker," Telep said. "But that's not the case anymore. Wright is elevating his game each time out."

So which team is the favorite tonight?

"These are both good basketball teams," Telep said. "They go about things a little different in terms of the kind of player they rely on, but these are two well coached teams, who rely on big-time skill and talent - it's a coin flip going into this game as to who's going to win.

"I do think Brentwood enters this game with a lot of confidence, especially with Brandan and the way he's attacking."

The game tips-off at 9 p.m. at the Bishop Verot High School gym in Fort Myers, Fla.

Stay tuned for a full report from Dave Telep.

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