Joseph Forte or Ray Allen type player?
I think he will be salid pro prospect. What you think?
On a spectrum. I think he would be somewhere in the middle of the two but definitely a solid pro down the line
I think that he will be a good pro. Much closer to Ray Allen than Forte. Very good offensively... he is one that will end up being a better pro than college.
He will probably be a shooter/scorer of the bench. He has a nice jump shot but he isnt a great handler or defender so those are where he has to improve. But he is a more than decent prospect in my opinion.
I dont think he is the athlete Ray was when he came into the league. He is a little skinnier, not quite as quick, not as good at defense. I think the better UNC comparison is Rahsad McCants, but quicker. I watch a lot of carolina and Im back and forth with him, really hope he stays though, they would probably be the front runner again next year if he stayed. If he could gain some wieght, work on his handle and round out his game a little, he could definately play his way into the first round leading a young team to a tourney run. As of now, im not sure he gets drafted this year unless they win it all.
canesboy6, I think McCants is a different player than Ellington. People forget how strong, and what a freak athlete McCants was. (he tested out as the third best athlete in the 2005 draft) Ellington doesn't have that type of athleticism. McCants at the college level was comfortable at all 5 positions. (He would post up 6'10" guys and finish) Give McCants a better attitude and 3 more inches and he is a star in the league right now. One thing that Ellington has improved on since he first came to UNC is his ability to help the team when his shot isn't falling. When it wasn't in his sophomore and freshman years he was practically useless. This season he has rebounded, passed, and played great defense (he has improved light years from his freshman year in this category). He is also finally showing off that athleticism attacking the basket more this season.
That being said he is a very streaky shooter. Other than that, I don't see a glaring weakness in his game. I agree with others that said he will be a better pro than in college. I say he is a cross between Rip Hamilton and Ray Allen. Unlike some others that may disagree, I think Ellington is starting to show some PG ability this season. His ability to take his defender off the dribble and find the open man has improved.
I like Wayne Ellington as an NBA prospect. While I don't expect a flop like Forte they Ray Allen talk may be a bit much. Ellington reminds me of a Michael Redd type player with the silky smooth jumper, deep range and killer instinct. It would be interesting to see what he would do on another team if he wasn't the second option or even the third option on some nights behind Hansbrough and Lawson
I thought it was gonna be him that would be better than Gerald Henderson but I guess I was wrong, I think he lacks killer instinct which Gerald has...
Lemme ask you this WildDude, do you seriously think for a second that if Ellington and Henderson switched positions that Duke would be struggling as much as they are? Ellington if he played on a team without Lawson, Green and Hansbrough would be putting up great numbers right now.
With all the tools Henderson has and the position he is in as Duke's exclusive offensive weapon he should be putting up a lot more points.
I like both of them as NBA prospects, but I think Ellington will be a better pro.
i think Ellington has a much more polished mid-range game than McCants and doesn't rely on brute force as much as McCants did in college. He's definitely not near Ray Allen but I think he can be a very solid rotation guy. I like how he's able to create his shot off the dribble w/ out relying solely on athleticism.
if henderson had such a killer instinct how comes they havent been able to close at bc or keep a 8 point halftime lead at home agasinst carolina. He dissapeared, jacked up bad shots. Killer instinct the dukies have alright, Wayne wasn't the college player Reddick was, he has been succesful in march. He was 6'4 .75 without shoes in orlandos predraft camp, reddick is probably bout 6 2 or 3, not 6. He isn't explosive but he is fluid, has some dribble drive game thats really improving. He could be better in the NBA than Reddick.
Ellington is maybe 3rd team all ACC. he has two other guards on his same team better than he is in Green and Lawson. Green averages 1.6 steals/1.8 blocks, and shoots 46% 3s. I could name 3 or 4 others in the ACC better prospects than he (Teague, Rice, Henderson.......) Ellington will be a bench warmer. because his &$#%#&@!e will get pitched in the League...seriously
What is the stronger sides of Raja Bell than Wayne Ellington?
He isn't benchwarmer, or european league player. Not 6th player also.
He wasn't perfect college basketball player. Wayne playing alongside Hansbrough/Lawson/Green. Come on.
You can't play very explosive as a tarheel. He got size (not undersized) He got smooth shoot. He got good mobility. And if you see the last games he also cappable to rebound and assist. Most important thing is He got style and light on him.
Don't forget it. He was Top10 prospect in HS according to Scout.com and Rivals.com.
Ellington is gonna be riding the bench besides shooting (standing still) he doesnt bring anything to the table thats above average
Ellington is like Rashad McCants good shooter, and finisher. I think Ellington is a combo guard at the next level because he is about 6'4 which I think is a little short to be a full time shooting guard. He just reminds me of McCants though.