Episcopal Academy hoops star Wayne Ellington brought out his best game for top-ranked North Carolina against #19 Clemson. With 5 seconds left in overtime and everyone in Littlejohn Coliseum aware of who was going to get the rock, Ellington pulls up for a game-winning 3. Swish – a perfect way to cap off an already outstanding performance. That three left the Tigers with .4 seconds on the clock and all but sealed the win for UNC in their first ACC battle of the season.
Wayne scored 7 of 9 points in overtime for the Tar Heels and finished the game with a career high 36 points on 11-19 shooting from the field, 5-9 from three and a perfect 9-9 from the line. Ellington picked up for All-American Tyler Hansbrough who had an off-game only scoring 12 points on 3-8 shooting. It’s too bad only a few people got to witness this great performance and nail-biting college basketball game.
Having a fantastic start to the season, Wayne is averaging 16.7ppg (6th in the ACC), 3.9rpg, 1.9apg while only committing 1 turnover per night. Already potent from the perimeter, Ellington has developed his ability to score off the dribble and has arguably the best mid-range game in college basketball.
This game is only a foreshadowing of things to come for Philadelphia’s own Wayne Ellington. I see more big games in his future. Namely against storied rival Duke and his good friend and Episcopal running-mate Gerald Henderson. After UNC and Duke clash twice this season, I will share my take (I’ve played with both) on which Episcopal standout will be a better pro in the NBA.