Wayns puts on a show at hoops camp

The Villanova-bound Roman Catholic star turned heads at Rbk U at Philadelphia University.

Posted: July 11, 2007

Maalik Wayns really didn't have to be here.

Having already committed to Villanova, the Roman Catholic junior has a college scholarship waiting.

But the 6-foot-1 point guard will tell you that competing in Reebok's elite Rbk U camp was a must.

"I just wanted to come in here and prove to everybody that I'm one of the top players in my class," Wayns said of being ranked nationally in the Class of 2009. "And now, I'm just trying to prove myself."

Mission accomplished.

The West Oak Lane resident was one of the most exciting players at Philadelphia University.

Three-pointers, steals, acrobatic layups, you name it - Wayns put on clinic in front of a group of college coaches that included Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina's Roy Williams, and UCLA's Ben Howland.

Wayns was so impressive that the Hoop Scoop recruiting service rated him Rbk U's second-best point guard, behind Oak Hill Academy senior Brandon Jennings. It also ranked him as the tournament's fourth-best overall prospect. Hoop Scoop based its rankings on Sunday's and Monday's games, in which Wayns averaged 13.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals.

In addition to being recognized by Hoop Scoop, Wayns was selected to the Rbk U Finish all-star team. The standout, who played with a groin injury, finished with two points and one steal in nine minutes of action in a 143-121 loss to the Create all-stars.

"His stock has gone up the Richter scale this camp," said Clark Francis, editor and publisher of Hoop Scoop, who attended Rbk U. "People knew he was good, but we didn't know he was this good. We saw him play at the NBA Players Association camp. He was very good there, so he just reinforced that."

Francis has Wayns rated as the nation's 161st-best rising junior, but will update his rankings at the end of the summer.

Dave Telep of Dave Telep Scouting and Scouthoops.com lists Wayns as the sixth-ranked point guard in the Class of 2009. Like Francis, Telep will release his updated ranking at the end of the summer.

"I think with Maalik, you definitely have a guy who is tracking to be a high-major [college] point guard with no shadow of a doubt," said Telep, who attended Rbk U. "He's on track to be a guy at Villanova who is going to an integral part. Not just a player at Villanova, but an integral part."

Being considered a future integral part at Villanova is big. But Wayns isn't concerned with what is going to happen in three seasons.

Right now, he is striving to be an elite high school player.

"I'm playing for championships and all-American games," he said. "There's a lot of stuff I'm still aiming for. This spring, somehow, I have been playing real good. If I keep this up, I should be in good shape."

Contact staff writer Keith Pompey at 610-313-8029

or kpompey@phillynews.com.

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