|Ellington playing for the Timberwolves.|
|No. 22 - Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Date of birth: October 29, 1987|
|Place of birth: Wynnewood, Pennsylvania|
|Listed height: 6 ft 4 in||Listed weight: 200 lbs|
|NBA Draft||2009; Round: 1 / Pick: 28th|
|Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Wayne Ellington at NBA.com|
Wayne Ellington (born October 29, 1987, in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, USA) is an American professional basketball, currently playing for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves. He played for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2006 to 2009. He attended high school at The Episcopal Academy, an Inter-Ac school. Ellington, 6'5" tall and 202 lbs, is a shooting guard who chose to forgo his final season of college eligibility to declare for the 2009 NBA Draft. An interesting accomplishment of Ellington's collegiate career was scoring 19 points on his nineteenth birthday in a 98–89 win over Ohio State. His career-best performance came during a 90–88 overtime win against Clemson on January 6, 2008, in which he led all scorers with 36 points.
Ellington attended The Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pennsylvania. He scored 2,211 points in his high school career, including 1,756 points at The Episcopal Academy and 455 points at Daniel Boone High School in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania Next to his other teammate Gerald Henderson with 2,009. In his senior year, Ellington averaged 21.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and shot 39% from the 3-Point line. He led Episcopal Academy to an overall record of 52-7 in his junior and senior year. He also led Episcopal Academy to the Inter-Academic League Conference title in his last two years going 20-0 in both seasons. (Episcopal Academy doesn't play in state championships.)
Ellington attended college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he played college ball for the North Carolina Tar Heels. He played in all 38 games for the ACC Champion Tar Heels in 2006-2007, averaging 11.7 points per game. He was named to the 2007 ACC All-Tournament Team. His season ended on a sour note though, as North Carolina lost to Georgetown in the East Regional final of the NCAA Tournament. Ellington had a chance to win the game in regulation, but missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.
As a sophomore, Ellington saw his points-per-game average increase as the Tar Heels increasingly go to him in key moments of games. In the January 6, 2008 game at Clemson, Ellington scored a career high 36 points, including the game winning three-pointer with 0:00.4 seconds left in overtime to lead top-rated UNC over #19 Clemson 90-88. But again, his season ended in a poor fashion, as he shot only 1 for 9 from three-point range, in a loss to Kansas in a national semifinal game in the NCAA Tournament. He declared for the 2008 NBA Draft after that season, but did not hire an agent, and withdrew to play his junior year at North Carolina.
As a Junior, Ellington helped lead the Tar Heels to the National Championship, where they defeated the Michigan State Spartans 89-72. He was named to the All-Tournament Team and was named NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
|2006-07||North Carolina Tar Heels||38||11.7||2.9||2.1||0.8||0.0||.433||.371||.836||23.9||1.2|
|2007-08||North Carolina Tar Heels||39||16.6||4.5||2.0||1.1||0.2||.467||.400||.826||31.1||1.7|
|2008-09||North Carolina Tar Heels||38||15.8||4.9||2.7||1.0||0.2||.483||.417||.777||30.4||1.6|