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June 6, 2012 | By MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer
MAALIK WAYNS is well aware of the various projections. For what they're worth, most NBA mock drafts have the former Villanova point guard going somewhere in the bottom half of the second round on June 28. If they have him getting taken at all. He doesn't care. Nor should he. Because it only takes one team. And then it's going to be up to him to make something happen. "I look at a couple of people they have [rated] in front of me, and I feel as though I'm as good or better than them," said the Roman Catholic product, who left college a year early to pursue his lifelong dream.
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July 31, 2012 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Sixers convene training camp in October, Villanova and Roman Catholic point guard Maalik Wayns will be among the hopefuls vying for a spot on the roster. While terms of the deal were not announced, Wayns' agent, Andy Miller, confirmed that Wayns had indeed signed the contract Monday morning. Wayns, a 6-foot-11/2 point guard who left school after his junior season, averaged 17.4 points per game on 41.4 percent shooting. He also averaged 4.6 assists per game. While the Sixers signed veteran point guard Royal Ivey to back up starting point guard Jrue Holiday, Wayns conceivably could make the team as a third point guard.
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February 9, 2012
Villanova junior guard Maalik Wayns, who injured his left knee during Tuesday night's 74-72 win over Providence, underwent an MRI yesterday morning and he is scheduled to be fully evaluated today by Villanova team orthopedist Dr. Rob Good, of the Main Line Health System. The Wildcats play again next Wednesday at South Florida. - Mike Kern  
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March 18, 2011
Amile Jefferson, a 6-foot-8 junior forward who led Friends' Central to the Pennsylvania Independent Schools championship this season, was named Thursday as the Gatorade boys' basketball player of the year for Pennsylvania. Jefferson averaged 18.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks for the Phoenix (23-4). ESPNU ranks him as the No. 9 junior basketball player in the country. Jefferson is the third consecutive player from Southeastern Pennsylvania to receive the Gatorade honor. Maalik Wayns, of Roman Catholic, now with Villanova, won it in 2009.
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March 17, 2011
Amile Jefferson, a 6-foot-8 junior forward who led Friends' Central to the Pennsylvania Independent Schools championship this season, was named Thursday as the Gatorade boys' basketball player of the year for Pennsylvania. Jefferson averaged 18.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks for the Phoenix (23-4). ESPNU ranks him as the No. 9 junior basketball player in the country. Jefferson is the third consecutive player from Southeastern Pennsylvania to receive the Gatorade honor.
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March 22, 2012 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
  As expected, Villanova junior guard Maalik Wayns will not be returning for his final season of eligibility. University sources have confirmed that the Roman Catholic product, who put his name into consideration for the NBA draft, plans to hire an agent. That would make it impossible for him to remove his name by the April 10 deadline. Villanova will release a formal statement Thursday morning. Everything Wayns said last week strongly indicated that this was the direction in which he was leaning.
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November 8, 2012
Sophomore point guard Ty Johnson will transfer from Villanova, coach Jay Wright announced Wednesday. The 6-foot-3 Johnson, of Plainfield, N.J., played in all 32 games last season for the Wildcats, making nine starts but mostly backing up Maalik Wayns. He averaged 3.3 points, 1.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 17.7 minutes. His 65 assists were second on the team to Wayns. Johnson was expected to challenge for the starting point guard position. But the Wildcats added two players who play there - junior transfer Tony Chennault and freshman Ryan Arcidiacono - and Johnson chose to go elsewhere.
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October 14, 2012 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
With players such as Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams gone, the 76ers will put the ball in Jrue Holiday's hands a lot more than they did last season. "Last year we had three or four guys who could handle the ball," Sixers coach Doug Collins said after the team's practice Friday afternoon at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "In many instances, Jrue would give the ball up and get off the ball. Then maybe Lou might handle it, or 'Dre, or Evan [Turner] might handle it. " But Collins wants Holiday, who scored 27 points in the Sixers' preseason-opening, 102-95 victory in Orlando on Thursday, to be the primary ball handler this season because he believes the Sixers are better when he has the ball.
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August 1, 2014
TWO FORMER Villanova guards have signed to play for teams in Europe. For Roman Catholic High's Maalik Wayns, this will be the first time he's taking his game overseas. Allan Ray, who as a senior was part of the Wildcats' 2005-06 Final Eight run, is making his eighth stop in six seasons (he sat out in 2009-10 with a knee injury). Wayns, who left college a year early and spent part of the last two seasons in the NBA with the Sixers and Los Angeles Clippers, will be suiting up for EuroLeague power BC Zalgiris, which is based in Kaunas, Lithuania.
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December 28, 2011 | BY MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The final score won't suggest as much, but Villanova's young basketball team probably played its best game Wednesday night at the West Virginia Coliseum. Trouble was, it still wasn't enough. The Wildcats (7-6), who have five first-year players and no seniors, lost their Big East opener, 83-69, to a Mountaineers club that is actually younger overall. But they only trailed by three points with a little more than 4 minutes to go, before the hosts went on a 9-0 spurt.
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February 13, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
DURING THE SUMMER months, when the campus is deserted and many of their classmates are celebrating life as a college kid at the beach, the Villanova basketball players drag themselves to the Pavilion for practice. This is the price of a scholarship. When they start to congregate at 6:30 in the morning, they often see former Wildcat Kyle Lowry just winding down his own workout. The presence of the 9-year NBA veteran, who signed a huge NBA contract in July, always opens the eyes of the current players under Jay Wright's charge.
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October 2, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Levan Alston was looking for his dad's old Temple jersey on Monday night, but the search through the family's West Philadelphia home was unsuccessful. Alston thought it would be the perfect complement when he announced Tuesday morning that he was following his dad's path to play basketball for the Owls. A few hours before the news conference, there it was. "I found it in a clutter of stuff in the basement," said Alston. "It was a nice find. " The 6-foot-4 guard unzipped his black sweatshirt to reveal his dad's cherry-colored jersey with the same No. 10 the younger Alston wears at Haverford School.
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September 12, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AT ONE POINT, it looked as if Jalen Brunson was destined to go to Temple. His father Rick played for John Chaney some 2 decades ago. His mother Sandra played volleyball on North Broad Street. The family lived in South Jersey when he was growing up. As it turns out, the player Scout.com rates as the top point guard in the recruiting class of 2015 is coming to Philadelphia. But he'll be playing for a different Big 5 program from his dad's. Wednesday at Stevenson (Ill.) High, Brunson announced he will bring his talents to Villanova.
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August 1, 2014
TWO FORMER Villanova guards have signed to play for teams in Europe. For Roman Catholic High's Maalik Wayns, this will be the first time he's taking his game overseas. Allan Ray, who as a senior was part of the Wildcats' 2005-06 Final Eight run, is making his eighth stop in six seasons (he sat out in 2009-10 with a knee injury). Wayns, who left college a year early and spent part of the last two seasons in the NBA with the Sixers and Los Angeles Clippers, will be suiting up for EuroLeague power BC Zalgiris, which is based in Kaunas, Lithuania.
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March 4, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Jay Wright did not build his reputation at Villanova, has not maintained a consistent measure of excellence in his basketball program over the last decade, with players like Darrun Hilliard. Hilliard is a Villanova guard, and for a long time, the term "Villanova guard" has carried a certain connotation, has conjured memories of certain players who played a certain way and fit a certain physical and stylistic profile. When one thinks of a "Villanova guard" during Wright's tenure as head coach, the names are familiar: Randy Foye, Allan Ray, Kyle Lowry, Mike Nardi, Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher, Maalik Wayns - none of them taller than 6-foot-4, all of them tougher than goatskin, each a key contributor to a nine-year stretch that saw the Wildcats reach the NCAA tournament eight times, the regional semifinals four times, the regional finals twice, and the Final Four once.
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November 15, 2013 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
KIMBERLY GARNER wiped tears from her eyes inside Roman Catholic high school yesterday on national signing day, as her son, Shep, took the podium and thanked coaches, teammates, trainers, friends and family for shaping his life and basketball career. However, when he paused and muttered "who else?" Mom attempted an assist by pointing to the sky. But, only silence followed as the senior still fumbled for words. Then finally . . . "Oh, and I thank God, too," Garner said with a smile as laughter filled the room.
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October 24, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
LAST YEAR at this time, for the first time in a while, the expectations for Villanova's basketball team were, well, lukewarm at best. The Wildcats were coming off a 19-loss season and had to replace their starting backcourt of Maalik Wayns and Dominic Cheek, who'd both left for the pros a year early. But somehow, they figured out a way to get back to the NCAA Tournament, mostly because they beat three Top 5 teams, all in South Philly, as well as No. 17 Marquette on the Main Line.
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June 20, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
ON THE THEORY that it's never too early to look to the future . . . Villanova's basketball program hasn't landed anyone for the recruiting class of 2014 yet. But the Wildcats received their first oral commitment for the year after that. Coach Jay Wright has won the battle for Tim Delaney, a 6-8 junior-to-be power forward from South Jersey's Pitman High. His coach is Kevin Crawford, son of Jim, the longtime Camden Catholic head man and onetime La Salle Explorer. Delaney, whose mother Janine Reynolds played for Saint Joseph's from 1986-90, can't even sign his national letter of intent until next November.
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March 22, 2013 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - For the first time in his life, Maalik Wayns is playing for a basketball team that isn't rooted in the Philadelphia area. The Roman Catholic and Villanova product signed his second 10-day contract on Tuesday with the Los Angeles Clippers after starting his NBA career this season as an undrafted free agent with the 76ers. Wayns played 21 games for the Sixers, including one start, and averaged 2.7 points. He scored a career-high 10 in a win over the Dallas Mavericks in November and dealt nine assists in a loss at Dallas in December.
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March 22, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Dexter Strickland was trying to decide on a college, he knew he could always count on his friends from Villanova to give him the good word about the Wildcats. If it wasn't Maalik Wayns, it was Dominic Cheek, two players who would commit to Villanova's incoming freshman Class of 2009. There also was 2007 Villanova commit Corey Fisher, a high school teammate of Strickland's at St. Patrick in Elizabeth, N.J. "They did a lot," Strickland said Tuesday. "They kept talking about it each and every day. Me and Maalik were very close.
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