Wayne Ellington
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"Wayne Robert Ellington, Jr." is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A 6'4" tall and 200 lb shooting guard, Ellington played for the North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball/University of North Carolina from 2006 to 2009. His college career-best performance came during a 90–88 overtime win against Clemson University/Clemson on January 6, 2008, in which he led all scorers with 36 points. He chose to forgo his final season of college eligibility to declare for the 2009 NBA draft, and was drafted 28th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He has previously played for the Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks.

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I really think we're the best tandem not only in the area, but in the country. On and off the court I've never respected somebody as much as I respect him (Henderson). He's a great player and a great friend. We'll continue to be great friends, now we're just rivals.

He made me a lot better actually, having someone to go through this whole thing with you is a lot better than going through it by yourself. You can't really slack because I know he's going to be working and I'm going to be working, so basically it helped me raise my game so I can compete at the next level.

I sat down one day and thought about how crazy it was that two players from the same team, the same backcourt are going to the biggest rivalry in college basketball. It seems like just yesterday that we were just getting college letters. I never imagined it would come down to Duke and Carolina.

I feel like our friendship is bigger than the rivalry. We'll still be best of friends after we leave Duke and North Carolina.

It gets heated, but I usually wax him. He likes to say he wins because one day he won three in a row. Anyway, one day he won a couple of games.

Individually, I didn't think I shot the ball real well. But we ran our offense inside and got some easy buckets.

I was highly upset that a team that talented would hold the ball. Obviously, they knew we were in the game and had a chance to win the game when they pulled the ball out.

He'll have to wear a North Carolina sweatshirt with a Duke shirt underneath it.

It was an instant click. I didn't feel any flaws or anything. We just kind of played our game and complemented each other real well.