Wayns expected to commit to Villanova; Partin chooses La Salle

Posted: June 27, 2007

Maalik Wayns, a 6-foot point guard from Roman Catholic High, will hold a press conference Friday to announce where he will attend college.

All signs point to Villanova.

Several sources close to the rising recruit have indicated that the Wildcats are his choice. And Wayns, who has an unofficial visit to the Main Line campus planned for tomorrow, intimated as much Tuesday evening.

"Basically, it's [Villanova]," said Wayns, a junior-to-be. "If everything goes the way I expect, I'll commit."

Wayns lists West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Virginia, St. Joseph's and Temple as other possibilities.

A savvy floor leader, Wayns isn't just an assist man. He's equally adept at scoring and playing defense, having been a part of Roman's Catholic League championship team last season.

It was at the championship game that Villanova coach Jay Wright first saw Wayns play in person. Since then, Wright has been a regular courtside observer of Wayns. And two weeks ago at Villanova's camp, Wright first offered a scholarship.

"I like the coaching staff and that it's close to home," said Wayns. "Plus, it's Guard University."

Wayns expects to follow in the footsteps of Wildcats point guards Scottie Reynolds, a sophomore-to-be, incoming freshman Corey Fisher and the Kyle Lowry, who is now in the NBA.

Some scouts have compared Wayns' game to Lowry's, a Cardinal Dougherty product. Wayns plays his AAU basketball for Team Final, an outfit run by Lonnie Lowry, Kyle's brother.

The announcement is set for 2 p.m. at Island Green Country Club in Northeast Philadelphia.

La Salle signing. Darryl Partin, a 6-4 guard from North Carolina, has committed to the Explorers.

Partin, who last attended Charis Prep in Goldsboro, N.C., will enroll in summer classes at La Salle and compete for the Explorers during the upcoming season.

Contact staff writer Jeff McLane

at 215-854-4745

or jmclane@phillynews.com.

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