Free agent point guard to join hometown team
The Villanova captain will be a key as a senior in 2012-13
Wildcats of all eras honor the program's tradition at 2012 Banquet
Junior guard among those to be honored on April 23 at Herb Good Dinner
Junior guard played three seasons at Villanova
Maalik Wayns led the Wildcats with 28 points.
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A natural point guard and leader ... Uses his great quickness to create shots for himself and others ... Can break defenders down off the dribble or knock down shots from the perimeter ... A terrific competitor with superior court vision ... Announced his intention to enter his name into the NBA Draft and forego his final season of college eligibility in March 2012.
2011-12 Season: Named second team All-BIG EAST and first team All-Philadelphia Big Five ... Also earned the Sy Kaselman Award for free throw accuracy from the Big Five ... Ranked seventh in the nation in free throw accuracy (.892) and topped the BIG EAST in that department ... Led the Wildcats in scoring (17.6 ppg), assists (4.6 apg) and minutes played (33.6 mpg) ... Became the 55th Wildcat to surpass 1,000 career points on Jan. 14, 2012.
2011-12 BIG EAST Regular Season: Averaged 17.6 ppg in 15 conference games ... A sprained MCL in his left knee cost him three key games in February ... Delivered a a stellar effort on March 3 against Cincinnati, scoring 26 points to go with five assists in 40 minutes at the Pavilion ... Bounced back from his injury with an 18 point effort at Rutgers, that included 6-of-8 shooting from the field ... Also handed out eight assists before fouling out on March 1 ... Returned from a knee injury on Feb. 25 to log 36 minutes at Georgetown ... Sidelined by a sprained MCL in his left knee and did not see action against USF, Notre Dame and Connecticut ... Limited to 23 minutes after suffering a knee injury that sidelined him for the final 11:31 of the second half in a 74-72 win over Providence on Feb. 7 ... Dropped in 18 points to go with seven rebounds on Feb. 5 at Pittsburgh ... Scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor in just 23 minutes at Louisville on Jan. 25 ... Named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Jan. 23 ... Contributed 28 points, including 22 after halftime, to help lift VU past St. John's 79-76 on Jan. 21 ... Played a critical role in an 84-76 win over Seton Hall on Jan. 18, scoring 25 points to go with seven assists and five rebounds ... Sank 15-of-16 free throws ... Authored a spectacular performance at Cincinnati on Jan. 14, setting a Fifth Third Bank Arena record for the most points scored by an opponent (39) ... Also established a new career record with 13 rebounds and added six assists against only two turnovers ... He also moved into the 1,000 point club with that effort ... Sparked his team to an 87-71 win over DePaul on Jan. 8 with 21 points and eight rebounds ... Led the Wildcats with 17 points and five rebounds against USF on Jan. 5 ... Added 20 points and seven assists in the BIG EAST season opener on Dec. 28 at West Virginia.
Non-conference highlights: Battled through a flu-like virus to supply 12 points and nine assists in a 73-52 win over American on Dec. 22 ... Was held out of practice on Dec. 21 due to the illness and did not start against the Eagles ... Picked up 19 points to go with four assists on Dec. 17 at Saint Joseph's .. Led the Wildcats with 23 points and seven assists in a 78-67 loss at Temple on Dec. 10 ... Dropped in 14 points to go with a season-high nine assists in an 81-71 loss to No. Missouri at the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 6 at Madison Square Garden .. Named to the All-Tournament team at the 76 Classic ... Established a new career high with 29 points in an 80-68 win over Saint Louis on Nov. 25 ... Scored 19 of his 23 points after intermission to help VU down UC Riverside 71-46 on Nov. 24 ... Poured in a team-high 21 points to go with five assists in the Wildcats' 79-69 win over Delaware on Nov. 18 ... Came through with huge plays late in regulation and overtime to help lift VU past La Salle 76-69 on Nov. 22 ... Ended the evening with 22 points and nine rebounds, the latter of which represented a new career-high ... Delivered 15 points and five assists in 27 minutes of a 106-70 win over Monmouth on Nov. 11.
2010-11 Season: Finished third on the Wildcats in scoring at 13.8 points per game and second in assists (148 - 4.5 apg) ... Sank 141-of-172 free throws (.820).
2010-11 Big East Regular Season: Averaged 13.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per outing ... Paced VU with 24 points, including 10-of-11 at the line, in a 70-69 loss to USF on March 8 ... Notched a career-high 27 points to go with two assists and three steals in a 60-50 loss to Pittsburgh on March 5 ... Contributed eight assists to go with 11 points in a 93-72 loss at Notre Dame on Feb. 28 ... Added 19 points and five assists in an 81-68 loss to St. John's on Feb. 26 ... Saw limited action in the second half on Feb. 21 agaisnt Syracuse while suffering from back spasms ... Added 17 points to go with four assists in a career-high 43 minutes of a 77-75 win at DePaul on Feb. 19 ... Contrubited 17 points in 26 minutes to help lead VU past West Virginia 66-50 at the Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 5 ... Did not start on Jan. 29 against Georgetown due to a forearm contusion but came off the bench to contribute 15 points and four assists to help lead a VU rally that fell short ... Contributed 18 poinnts in VU's 83-68 loss at Providence on Jan. 26 ... Ignited the Wildcats with 17 first half points in an 83-72 win at No. 3 Syracuse on Jan. 22 ... Named Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Week on Jan. 17 ... Contributed 15 points and seven assists in an 88-74 win over Louisville at the Wells Fargo Center ... Hit all eight of his free throw attempts en route to a 15 points, five assist effort in a 72-61 win over Cincinnati on Jan. 9 ... Chipped in with 16 points, nine assists and four rebounds in an 83-71 win at USF on Jan. 6 ... Contributed nine points, nine assists and eight rebounds in an 81-65 win over Rutgers in the BIG EAST opener on Jan. 2.
2010-11 Postseason: Paced VU with 24 points and chipped in with four rebounds in a 70-69 loss to USF in the Big East Tournament ... Added seven points in the Wildcats' 61-57 defeat to George Mason in NCAA Tournament action.
2010-11 Highlights: Helped spark a rally from a 57-45 second half deficit against Maryland ... Finished with 22 points and his 3-point goal with 1:08 left helped secure the win ...Offered a brilliant 21 points, eight assists, four steal effort in helping VU secure the Philadelphia Big Five title on Dec. 30 with a 78-74 win over Temple ... Added 11 points and six assists in a 76-36 win at Monmouth on Dec. 22 ... Tied a career high with 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting in an 84-81 win at La Salle on Dec. 12 ... Limited to 13 minutes against Penn after falling to the floor while taking a charge in the first half ... Contributed 19 points, six rebounds and three assists in an 82-70 victory over UCLA in the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off on Nov. 24 in New York City ... Established a new career high with 12 assists to go with 12 points and six rebounds in an 82-66 win over former VU associate head coach Patrick Chambers' Boston University Terriers ... Delivered 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists in an 84-47 triumph over Marist on Nov. 16 ... Established new career highs in minutes (34) and assists (six) in VU's 68-52 win over Bucknell on opening night. He also scored 15 points and collected four rebounds.
2009-10 Season: Named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team and was a three time pick as the conference's Rookie of the Week ... Averaged 6.8 points and 1.3 assists per games in 33 contests with an average of 15.0 minutes per outing.
2009-10 Big East Regular Season: Averaged 7.0 points and 1.4 rebounds in 18 conference games ... Played a vital role in three league wins for the `Cats, including a pair of triumphs over Marquette and another at St. John's ... Added 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor in an 81-71 win over the Red Storm on Jan. 24 ... Was 4-of-4 at the free throw line in the final minute of VU's 82-77 win over Georgetown on Jan. 17 ... He finished with 11 points ... Added 11 points in 15 minutes of a 92-84 win at Louisivlle on Jan. 11 ... Followed up his second BIG EAST Rookie of the Week nod (Jan. 4) with a sensational effort against DePaul ... Sank 8-of-12 from the floor for 18 points in a 99-72 win ... Tied a season high with 16 points in his BIG EAST debut at Marquette, helping the `Cats to a 74-72 win.
2009-10 Postseason: Made his first career start in an NCAA Tournament first round game against Robert Morris on March 18 ... Came off the bench to help ignite a second half rally for the Wildcats against St. Mary's in the second round, scoring 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field ... Scored eight points in a BIG EAST quarterfinal contest against Marquette.
2009-10 Highlights: Named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Dec. 19 after delivering 12 points, two assists and a steal in a 96-58 win over Fordham ... Produced nine points and two rebounds at Saint Joseph's in a 97-89 triumph ... Chipped in with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor in a 77-58 win over Drexel on Dec. 2 ... His 3-point field goal with 41 seconds left helped lift Villanova to a come from behind 69-68 win over George Mason on Nov. 19 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. ... Led the Wildcats with 16 points in 18 minutes during a 103-65 win over Penn on Nov. 16 at the Pavilion ... Sank 3-of-6 from beyond the 3-point arc ... Came off the bench to supply six points, two assists and a pair of steals in his college debut at the Pavilion against Fairleigh Dickinson.
ROMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
Was named a Parade and McDonald's All-American as a senior in 2009 despite missing three weeks of the regular season with a knee injury ... Also was a two-time most valuable player in the Philadelphia Catholic League as well as a first team all-city and all-state choice in Pennsylvania ... Averaged 19.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game for the Cahillites as a senior ... As a junior in a 2007-08 he averaged 22.4 points, 5.1 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals per outing.
Born May 2, 1991 in Philadelphia, Pa. ... Parents are Verland Wayns and Deborah Wayns ... Has one sibling, VJ (13) ... Chose Villanova for its family atmosphere, basketball and proximity to home ... Majoring in Commincations at Villanova ... Enjoys listening to rap music in his spare time and has aspirations of a career in broadcasting when his playing days are complete.