Ellington Concludes Senior Season

Entering the 2005-2006 high school season, there was a lot of pressure on Wayne Ellington. But you wouldn't know by looking at the results. The 6-4 shooting guard, ranked as the best two-guard in the country by Scout.com, concluded his prolific high school career last week.

Playing alongside best friend and Duke signee, Gerald Henderson, Ellington led The Episcopal Academy to a 27-4 record, a 10-0 record in the Inter-Ac League and a postseason tournament championship.

The North Carolina signee racked up over 2,000 points in his high school career, averaged 21.2 points per game this past season and along with Henderson was named co-MVP of the league. However, their accomplishments were taken a step further when both were named to the McDonald's All-American team this week.

"It's quite an honor," said Episcopal head coach Dan Dougherty. "It's the first time in my 27 years of coaching here that we even have one player [selected]. To have two of them is just unheard of."

Ellington's game is exactly what you want from a shooting guard. He shoots it off the dribble better than anyone in his class and he's a last-shot type guy. If time is running out and his team needs a bucket for the win, Ellington is shooting it.

Just think back to January 18. Ellington was having an off night in front of a national audience on ESPN2. He was 8-of-25 from the field with only 11.8 seconds remaining and his team down one. Regardless of the poor shooting performance, Ellington took the ball the distance of the court and hit an off balance 15-footer for the win.

"I don't know what their needs are and I don't know what the current group does on a day to day basis," Coach Dougherty said about the Tar Heels. "All I know is that they are getting a solid player that does a lot of things very well and comes to play everyday and is a winner."

Not only is he a winner but he is an improved all-around basketball player. At the end of last season, Dougherty told the North Carolina staff that Ellington's glaring weakness was his defense. But that's not the case anymore.

"I thought that was the one area that was the weakest part of his entire game," Dougherty said. "As I said he has made giant strides. He is a very good defensive player right now."

"The area that really improved was his defense," he continued. "We had no hesitation about putting him on the top scorer that we faced. Now we played great competition and for the most part when we played man, he played the best player on the other team."

Ellington's performances are well documented and he's etched his name among the best in Philly hoops history. And the next game he'll play? That will be in the ACC.

"I couldn't compare him to any other shooting guard," Dougherty said. "I just know what he does for us. I thought his rebounding improved tremendously and his stats from this year were much better than last year."

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