McD: Wayne Ellington Spotlight

SAN DIEGO --- In the world of high school basketball, there is no greater honor than being selected to the McDonald's All-American team. It's something that Wayne Ellington relishes even though there was little suspense about him being selected to the game. After spending a few days in San Diego, the 6-5 guard is enjoying the whole experience.

"It's been what I expected, I get to come out here and have a great time in this great San Diego weather and play against the best players in the country," said Ellington. "We also get to do a lot of charity events and do a lot for our community outside of basketball."

Of course, the senior from Philadelphia isn't alone in his McDonald's experience as future teammates Tywon Lawson and Brandan Wright are along for the ride. According to Ellington, it only makes the experience that much better.

"Definitely, it makes it real sweet that three of the incoming players in the Carolina recruiting class are all on the same team," said Ellington. "We're all getting closer and just getting ready to come in next year and do some damage."

"We're all getting closer and just getting ready to come in next year and do some damage."
Considering the overall talent associated with the game and the spotlight that will be provided by national television on Wednesday night, it could be easy for a high schooler to get caught up in the madness. Rather than trying to show off, Ellington is just looking to enjoy the experience and let what happens, happen.

"The biggest thing I think is just to have fun and realize what an honor it is to be a part of this McDonald's game," Ellington told Inside Carolina. "I'm doing the three point competition and, of course, I think I'll win but that's just because I always go in trying to win."

While competing in the All-Star circuit Ellington is also finding time to work on his game. He looks stronger, has been getting his shot off even quicker and is fine tuning all aspects of his game.

"Right now I'm just concentrating on getting better individually," said Ellington. "I just want to get myself ready to come in and contribute wherever I can."

With his arrival in Chapel Hill only a few months away, Ellington says Carolina fans can expect something pretty basic from him.

"I'm just trying to win games, win games and have fun basically."

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