Aside from being one of the most talented and heavily recruited players in the class of 2006, Wayne Ellington also happens to be one of the most personable players as well. Ellington, the No. 23 ranked player in his class, has received scholarship offers from some of the most prestigious programs in all of college basketball and, despite all the attention he has received throughout the year, Ellington is still having the time of his life.
"I have really enjoyed the recruiting process," Ellington said. "I know that this is only going to happen once, so I am extremely grateful for the experience. The fact that we are having a great season, and the fact that I am putting up good numbers only makes the experience that much better."
Make no mistake about it; Ellington is simply having the time of his life. With schools like Connecticut, Duke, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Villanova, Wake Forest, St. Joseph's and Arizona heavily involved in his recruitment, the nations No. 4 ranked shooting guard is fully aware that a difficult decision will eventually have to be made.
"I would say that everything is pretty much the same right now," Ellington said. "I have received scholarship offers from Maryland, North Carolina, Villanova, Connecticut and Arizona. Coaches' from Connecticut have been out to watch me play quite a bit, and Coach (Roy) Williams from North Carolina was here to watch me last night.
"The plan right now is to enjoy the rest of my season, take my time with the recruiting process, and then cut my list of schools at the end of the year," he added. "I am really wide-open right now, but I plan to start getting more serious about my recruitment after my season is over."
Ellington indicated that he has spent a little time this year watching each of the schools that he is interested in, and is interested in how each performs throughout the rest of the year.
"I have watched a lot of schools play this year, but I won't use the success that each school has had to determine my recruitment," he said. "I've just wanted to see how each school is doing and what type of year each is having."