Orange Eye Ellington

As the summer month moves along, it's likely that not only are the 2005 prospects being eyed for possible scholarship offers, but also a select few in the 2006 class.<br><br>

One particular player that could land some offers by the time August rolls around is 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.

The Orange staff was on hand this past weekend to view the Playaz and Ellington's skills. He likely could force some schools, especially in his area, to cough up a scholarship offer due to his outstanding play so far this summer. We will keep you posted if any school decides to offer early to Ellington.

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