There aren't a lot of guards in the country in any class better than Wayne Ellington. That's a fact. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard from Philadelphia's Episcopal Academy is being recruited by every major program in the country. That's a fact, too. Ellington proved that he's one of the elite over the weekend at the Prime Time Shootout in N.J.
Ellington poured 38 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals against in a "herculean effort" in defeat to Montrose (Md.) Christian as Rivals.com's Rob Matera said from the event. Ellington dazzled the crowd with his ability to score at will and make play after play.
Episcopal Academy is now 23-3 after dropping the game to Montrose. The other two losses came by one point, one to Arlington Country Day from Florida and N.J.'s St. Joseph High School. Ellington knows teams are and will come at them for another year to come.
"It's no secret that we try to be competitive. We just want to play and leave it on the floor," Ellington said. "We want to run and put ourselves into a position to win."
Ellington isn't alone. He has the help of Gerald Henderson, another five-star prospect in his own right. The duo is one of the best tandems in the country. Last year Malik Hairston and Joe Crawford were McDonald's All-Americans following their days at Detroit Renaissance. This year, Louis Williams and Mike Mercer, the duo at South Gwinnett (Ga.), could be in the game together, too. Ellington and Henderson could easily join that list of great duos.
"We've heard that a couple of times," Ellington said of the backcourt discussions. "I think (a Williams/Mercer-Ellington/Henderson) would be a great match-up. When we were at the City of Palms, we wanted to run into them but it just didn't happen. I think we'd have the upper hand because I think we run a better offense. But, yeah, it would be a lot of fun if we could meet up."
With a tough national schedule, great talent in the Philadelphia area, Ellington knows the coaches will come to see him as the season comes to a close.
Claiming offers from Maryland, North Carolina, Villanova, Connecticut and Arizona the chase is on for Ellington and his services. Skip Prosser, Roy Williams, Jim Calhoun have been in to see him in the last couple of weeks. The Tar Heels saw him again at the Prime Time Shootout. So did Connecticut. Ellington said he's still open in the recruiting process.
"I'm pretty much listening to whoever wants to come by," Ellington said.
There will be a lot of coaches coming by this spring and summer to see Ellington. That's a fact.