July 31, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova's Maalik Wayns will begin pursuing his dream of playing in the National Basketball Association with his hometown team, the Philadelphia 76ers. The franchise today announced that Wayns, a 6-2 guard, has signed a free agent deal with the team.
Wayns led Villanova in scoring at 17.6 ppg as a junior in 2011-12 and connected on .892 of his free throw attempts, which ranked seventh nationally. He was selected second team All-BIG EAST and first team All-Philadelphia Big Five. On January 14, he became the 55th Wildcat to score 1,000 career points as part of a career-high 39 point explosion in at Cincinnati.
In March, Wayns announced he would forego his final season of college eligibility to turn professional.
Wayns is on track to join a select group of 12 Wildcats who have gone on to play NBA basketball for the league's Philadelphia representative. Paul Arizin began the streak in 1950 when he opened his career with the Philadelphia Warriors. Among the former 'Cats who have played for the 76ers are Wali Jones, Bill Melchionni, Ed Pinckney, Tim Thomas and Michael Bradley.