Wayne Ellington: NBA Draft Profile

November 27th, 2008


Wayne Ellington


College: North Carolina

Class: Junior

Position: SG

Height:  6’4”

Weight: 200lbs


Accolades: First Team ACC All-Tournament (08), Second Team All-ACC (08), First Team ACC All-Tournament Team (07), Honorable Mention All-Freshman Team – CHN (07), Second Team USA Today All-American – high school (06), McDonald’s All-American – high school (06).


Scouting Report: The latest in a long line of explosive Tar Heel shooting guards.


Strengths: Explosive scorer – had nine 20-plus point games his sophomore year. Good three-point shooter – hits about two a game and shoots over 40% from deep. Improved his defense his sophomore season (according to his coach). Great crossover move. Great athlete – can get out and run and has good ups. Gets good extension and lift on his jumper. Very good rebounder for a two-guard. Exceptional free throw shooter. Good rebounder for his position.


Weaknesses: Will be a bit undersized in the NBA. Not a very good ball-handler. Will need to keep improving his defense for the NBA. Is still inconsistent.


Projected 2009 Draft Range: Late first round to early second round pick.


Consensus: With Wayne Ellington’s draft stock all over the board (could be a mid first round pick or could fall into the second round), his best move might be to come back to school for his senior year and be “the man“ for Carolina. With his lack of size, he will have to improve all of his other skills to offset it at the NBA level.



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CHN's Six-Star Ranking System w/ 2008 Equivalents

= Superstar/All-NBA Potential - Michael Beasley

= Potential NBA All-Star - Derrick Rose

= Consistent NBA Starter - Brook Lopez

= 6th Man/Fringe Starter - Russell Westbrook

= Career Reserve - Roy Hibbert

= Fringe NBA Player/12th Man - JR Giddens

0 stars = Life in the Minor Leagues - Drew Neitzel