Wayne Ellington is an American NBA player for the Los Angeles Lakers. He started playing during his high school years for Daniel Boone High School, where he accumulated a score of 455 points. He transferred to The Episcopal Academy and got a record of 1,756 points. Because of his incredible performance, he led the Episcopal Academy during his junior and senior years. Rivals.com also considered Ellington as a 5-star recruit.
Ellington was a member of the US national team during his college years, as he also played for the 2007 Pan American Games. He played 38 games for the ACC Champion Tar Heels, where he had an average score of 11.7 points. However, his freshman year seemed to be a bittersweet moment, as he missed the last 3-point shot in the final seconds against Georgetown.
During his sophomore year, his average point per game drastically increased, where he earned 36 points per game. Thus, he was declared to be drafted for the 2008 NBA Draft, however, he decided not to hire an agent. Moving forward to his junior year, he helped Tar Heels to compete in the National Championship, and they have successfully defeated the Michigan State Spartans. In 2009, he finally forgoes his senior year and decided to enter the NBA Draft.
He spent his rookie years with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009-2012, where he was drafted 28th overall. In 2012, he was traded for Date Cunningham, the former forward player of the Memphis Grizzlies. He then made a career-high score of 25 points against the Miami Heat. In the following year, he set another record of 26 points.
Currently, he is playing for Los Angeles for the second time. It is noted that he took an indefinite leave of absence when his father was found dead inside his car. In August 2021, he signed for the LA Lakers once again.
2009 NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player
2016 NBA - J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award