Ellington Is High Target For UCONN

Wayne Ellington speaks highly of the Connecticut basketball program

There's little doubt about how good Wayne Ellington, a terrific 6-3, 175-pound shooting guard from The Episcopal Academy in Merion, Penn., is as an offensive player. Ellington can shake defenders with his dribble to get his shot off and he also possesses NBA range on his jumper. He could be the best guard in the 2006 class.

The Insiders Report viewed Ellington again in person this past weekend. Ellington consistently scored for Jimmy Salmon's AAU team, the Playaz Gold, at the Sonny Hill tournament in Philadelphia. He had games of 32 and 26 points in the two games we watched.

Ellington is also athletic enough to pick up loose balls inside the paint and score on big people. Several times Ellington sneaked inside to score on bigger bodies. But there is a physical aspect that will need to be improved too. "I want to get into the weight room and work on my strength," Ellington said. "I want to become a complete player."

Ellington continues to say he doesn't have a leader in his recruiting process. "I am wide open," he said.

But Ellington has indicated he is interested in the high major programs. Among them: Connecticut, Arizona, Duke, Syracuse, Kentucky, Villanova, St. Joe's, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, and Arizona. "There are schools that are trying to get me in for unofficial visits," Ellington said. "Georgia Tech, Villanova, and Wake Forest have been trying recently."

Ellington said he has been impressed with the winning tradition at Connecticut. "What I like about them the most is they win," he said. "They win National Championships."

This recruiting race is likely to be a dogfight. There is plenty of high major competition for Jim Calhoun and his assistants. But Connecticut is among the top schools right now being considered.

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