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22 Wayne Ellington

 

 


CAREER NOTES
Went past the 1,000-point mark with 24-point effort vs. Clemson in ACC championship game • Enters the season having scored 1,092 points, an average of 14.2 points a game • Became the 60th Tar Heel to score 1,000 career points, an NCAA record • Now 53rd at UNC in scoring • Shooting 83.0 percent from the free throw line (146 for 176) • Is ninth alltime at Carolina in free throw percentage • Has made at least one three-pointer in 66 games, two or more 45 times and three or more 22 times • Has averaged 16.8 points and shot 53.7 percent from the floor in six ACC Tournament games, all UNC victories.
Made himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft but did not sign with an agent and chose to return to school on June 16, retaining his collegiate eligibility.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007-08)
Scored 647 points, the 16th highest single-season total in UNC history • Second-team All-ACC selection (eighth-leading vote-getter) • USBWA all-district selection • Two-time ACC Player of the Week selection (after Ohio State/Kentucky games and Kent State/Clemson games) • Combined with Tyler Hansbrough to score 1,529 points, the highest scoring duo in Carolina single-season history (previous mark was 1,459 by Antawn Jamison and Shammond Williams in 1997-98) • Led UNC in three-pointers with 78 and was second on the Tar Heels and seventh in the ACC in scoring at 16.6 points per game • Scored 20 or more points nine times, including 36 at Clemson, 28 vs. Clemson in double-OT home win and 24 vs. Clemson in ACC championship game • Averaged 29.3 points in three games against the Tigers • Made 36 of 84 (.429) from beyond the arc in the last 16 contests.• Made three or more three-pointers 14 times • Sixth in the ACC in field goal percentage (.467) • Scored in double figures 34 times, second-most on the team • Second on the team in field goal attempts with 507 (13.0 per game) • Averaged 17.2 points on the road.

Game Highlights
Pre-ACC: Scored 20 points, more than any game as a freshman, in the season-opening win at Davidson, including eight of UNC's 12 points in a stretch late in the second half in which the Tar Heels rallied from three points behind to take the lead for good • Scored 19 points, 14 in the first half, and made three 3FG in the win over South Carolina State • Scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half in the win over Old Dominion • Hit three second-half three-pointers as UNC outscored the Monarchs 56-43 after the break • Selected to the Las Vegas Invitational All-Tournament Team after scoring 15 points in the championship game win over BYU • Had nine second-half points, including a game-breaking three-pointer from beyond the pro line with 2:33 to play that gave UNC a 67-61 lead • Led all scorers with 23 points at Ohio State • Long three-pointer as the shot clock expired with 3:28 to play gave UNC a nine-point lead • Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds • Had 18 points and two assists in win at Kentucky • Returned to Philadelphia for his "home" game and had 13 points, two assists and two steals in the win over Penn at the Palestra • Had 17 points and five rebounds and was UNC's defensive player of the game against UC Santa Barbara.
January: Nailed the game-winning three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left in overtime to cap a career-high 36 points and give Carolina a 90-88 come-from-behind win at Clemson • Scored 20 points in the second half and seven of UNC's nine points in overtime • Was 11 for 19 from the floor, 5 of 8 from three-point and 9 for 9 from the line • Most points by a Tar Heel guard since Joseph Forte had 38 against Tulsa on Nov 11, 2000 • Three-pointer with 2:28 left in regulation began comeback from 81-74 deficit • ACC Player of the Week on Jan. 7.
February: Was 3 for 14 from the floor and 0 for 6 from three-point range in the loss to Duke • Most attempts without a made three-pointer in his UNC career • Second-highest scoring game of his career with 28 points in the double overtime win over Clemson • Matched his career-high with five three-pointers, including three he hit in a first-half span in which he scored 11 straight UNC points • With UNC trailing 70-58, he scored eight of UNC's next 10 points • Driving layup with 51 seconds left in the second OT gave UNC a 100-93 lead • Scored 19 at Virginia, including a bank shot from close range with 1:39 to play that gave UNC a 73-68 lead • Had 21 points and tied his high with eight rebounds in the 84-70 win at NC State • Three-pointer just before the end of the first half gave UNC a 34-31 lead at the break, its first lead since the 7:15 mark • Scored 17 points against Wake Forest, including a three-pointer made while practically falling out of bounds in front of the Wake bench to beat the buzzer at the end of the first half • Fifth straight game with at least three 3FGs, the longest stretch in his career.
March: Sensational second half in the comeback win at Boston College as he scored 16 of his 18 points • Missed all four of his field goal attempts in the first half, then hit 6 of 7 in the second • Tied his season and career high with three steals • Hit two three-pointers - the first cut BC's lead to six and the second gave Carolina a 71-67 lead • Won UNC's defensive player of the award for the second time • Scored 16 points, including a key basket with 3:03 to play that tied the game at 68-all, in the win at Duke.
ACC Tournament: Earned first-team all-tournament honors for the second year in a row after averaging 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game • Shot 57.9 percent from the floor (22 of 38) and 50 percent from three-point range (8 of 16) • Scored a team-high 24 points on 10 of 13 shooting from the floor and added four assists and two steals in the championship game vs. Clemson • Most points by a Tar Heel in an ACC final since Jerry Stackhouse had 24 in 1995 • Three-point play with 15:35 to play broke a 49-all tie and gave UNC the lead for good • After UNC built a 13-point lead, Clemson scored eight straight points to close with five, but Ellington made a jumper from the left wing with 6:17 left to thwart the Tigers' rally.
Has scored in double figures in six straight ACC Tournament games, including 19 vs. Florida State, 15 vs. Virginia Tech and 24 vs. Clemson this year • Scored 11 second-half points against the Seminoles and 10 second-half points vs. the Hokies • In the semifinal win over Virginia Tech, hit a three-pointer to the game at 59-all with 3:14 to play, then hit another three to tie at 64-all with 2:05 remaining • Free throws (made last two of a three-shot foul) with 1:28 to play gave UNC its first lead of the second half • Tied his career-high with eight rebounds and blocked a career-best two shots against the Hokies.
NCAA Tournament: Earned 2008 NCAA All-East Regional honors after leading the Tar Heels to their 17th Final Four appearance • Averaged 16.0 points in five games with a high of 20 against Arkansas in the second round • Had 18 points and six rebounds in Final Four vs. Kansas • Scored 13 second-half points, including eight in the opening nine minutes helping cut a 17-point halftime deficit to four • Was 17 of 48 (.354) from the floor against Washington State, Louisville and Kansas after connecting on 63.6 percent from the floor (14 of 22) and 50 percent from three-point range (4 of 8) in the first two games • Made 3 of 17 from three-point range and had no assists and eight turnovers in the last three games • Averaged 5.6 rebounds in the five games • Led all scorers with 20 points against Arkansas on 8 of 12 shooting • Had 16 points and six rebounds against Mount St. Mary's.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2006-07)
Started 37 of 38 games (all but Senior Day) • Third on the team in scoring (11.7 ppg) and led the team with 66 three-point field goals • Hit at least one three-pointer in 33 of 38 games • Made two or more three-pointers 22 times, including all three ACC Tournament games and six of last 11 games • Scored in double figures 27 times with highs of 19 against Gardner-Webb and Ohio State • Had 48 assists and only 14 turnovers in regular-season ACC games • Had more assists than turnovers in 11 of the last 17 games and 19 overall • Converted 83.6 percent from the free throw line • Had a streak of 20 straight made free throws snapped in the Michigan State game • Made 34 of his last 38 free throws (.895).

Game Highlights
November: Earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors for his play against Ohio State and Kentucky • Scored 19 points against Ohio State on his 19th birthday • Hit three three-pointers in the win over Ohio State • Scored 17 of his 19 points against Ohio State in the second half.
December: Led the Tar Heels with 17 points in the win over Kentucky • Had a season-high seven rebounds against High Point • Had four assists and no turnovers against UNC Asheville • Went 3 for 3 from three-point range vs. Florida Atlantic • Had a season-low three points in the win at Saint Louis • Made 12 of 19 threes in a three-game stretch against Rutgers, Dayton and Penn • Made a season-high five three-pointers (in six attempts) and had 17 points against Rutgers.
January: Earned defensive player of the game honors for the first time against Penn • Went 3 for 12 from the floor, but had five assists against the Seminoles • Hit 5 of 8 shots from the floor (11 points) and added four assists in win at Clemson • Led all scorers on both teams with 18 points at Wake Forest • Tied his season high with eight field goals • Took a season- high 15 shots and scored 14 points in the win at Arizona • Scored eight in the first half when he hit two three-point goals • Had 14 points, four assists and two steals vs. Miami • Went 3 for 5 from three-point range.
February: One of four Tar Heels in double figures (11 points) and added five assists in 104-67 win over Wake Forest • Had five assists and, for the second game in a row, did not commit a turnover • Scored 12 points and had three assists in win at Boston College • Had six points, six rebounds and three assists in win over NC State • Scored 17 points, his second-highest ACC figure, in the loss at Maryland • Made three 3FGs, his most in seven games • Added a season-high six assists and five boards.
March: Scored 14 points and had three assists in a season-high 31 minutes at Georgia Tech.
ACC Tournament: Earned first-team all-tournament honors after averaging 14.7 points and leading UNC in scoring in two of three wins • Shot 48.3 percent from the floor (14 of 29), 50 percent from three-point range (6 of 12) and was 10 for 10 from the free throw line • Led all scorers with 18 points and was UNC's defensive player of the game in quarterfinal win over Florida State • Shared UNC scoring honors with 16 points in the championship game win over NC State • Made 6 of 8 field goal tries in finals • Joined on all-tourney team by Brandan Wright and Ty Lawson, the first time in ACC history more than one freshman on a team won first-team honors.
NCAA Tournament: Had 12 points, six rebounds and five assists vs. Eastern Kentucky and hit two three-pointers for the fourth game in a row • Equaled his season low with one field goal against Michigan State • One of three Tar Heels in double figures with 12 points against USC • Had a spectacular reverse lay-up that gave Carolina a 67-59 lead with 4:40 to play.

PREP/PERSONAL
Second-team USA Today All-America selection • Played in McDonald's All-Star Game, Jordan Classic and Nike Hoop Summit • McDonald's and Parade All-America selection • Won three-point contest at McDonald's Game • Tied event record with 31 points to lead United States to a win in 2006 Nike Hoop Summit (Tyler Hansbrough scored 31 in 2005 game) • Named Co-Most Valuable Player in Philadelphia by the Markward Basketball Club • Shared MVP honors with teammate Gerald Henderson, now a sophomore at Duke • Coached at Episcopal by Dan Dougherty • Led Episcopal to 27-4 record as a senior and 25-3 mark as a junior • Ranked No. 1 in Philadelphia in 2005 and 2006 • Episcopal went 20-0 in the league and won the conference title in his last two seasons (school does not play in state tournament) • Averaged 21.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and shot 39 percent from three-point range as a senior • Averaged 21 points, five boards, three assists and shot 43 percent from beyond the arc in 2005 • Two-year letterman on the track team (high, triple and long jumps) • Originally attended Daniel Boone High School in Reading, Pa. • Scored 2,211 career points, including 455 at Daniel Boone and 1,756 at Episcopal Academy • Majoring in communication studies.

Position: Guard
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 200
Year: Junior
Hometown: Wynnewood, PA
High School: The Episcopal Academy
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