Wolves Select Wayne Ellington at No. 28

The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Wayne Ellington in the first round (28th pick overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft. Ellington, a 6-4 guard from the University of North Carolina (UNC), averaged 15.8 points during his junior season.

"We had Wayne in to work out two times and really liked him," said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. "He's a classic two guard who can really shoot."

In his three seasons at UNC, Ellington averaged 14.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 115 games. He led the Tar Heels with 85 three-pointers in 2008-09, the fifth-best single-season total in school history. Ellington ranked third in the ACC in three-point percentage (.417) this past season. Ellington was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 Final Four as he helped lead UNC to the national title.

The Wolves also acquired a future first-round draft pick from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for the draft rights to North Carolina guard Ty Lawson, the 18th overall pick in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft. The pick, which the Wolves will receive from the Charlotte Bobcats via Denver, is a protected first-round pick.

Earlier Thursday night, the Wolves selected guard Ricky Rubio from Spain with the fifth overall pick and guard Jonny Flynn from Syracuse with the sixth overall pick.


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