DALLAS -- The only member of the Dallas Mavericks who has any college basketball bragging rights is Wayne Ellington.
The 6-4 guard was the star of the show when North Carolina defeated Michigan State 89-72 in the 2009 NCAA championship game. He’s the only member of the Mavs who has won an NCAA championship, and he’s relishing in the moment of those memories.
“This is one of the best times of any year, especially for seniors and guys that might be coming out of school, this is it for them,’’ Ellington said. “There’s no better feeling than being on one of the biggest stage in basketball.’’
Other that obviously winning the title, Ellington recalls the ups and downs the Tar Heels encountered during the 2008-’09 season.
“We had a great year, but at the same time we had a lot of injuries,’’ Ellington said. “Guys had to step up and help each other in that area, and just how we came together collectively.’’
Ellington was the star of the 2009 Final Four. After dominating both games, he was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player.
Ellington scored 20 points in the 83-69 win over Villanova in the semifinals, and 19 points in the finals against Michigan State. He was 7-of-14 from the field and 5-of-7 from 3-point range against Villanova, and 7-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-3 from 3-point land against Michigan State.
As for who will win this year’s Final Four at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Ellington said: “It’s going to be tough. I like to root for the underdog, but we’ll see.
“UConn’s got a chance. I like UConn, but we’ll see. Maybe Kentucky.’’
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