HoopsHype Maalik Wayns rumors

June 29, 2012 Updates
June 5, 2012 Updates

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. "I use that as motivation. I can only control what I can control. There’s 30 teams. It’s all about getting that one to fall in love with you." Philadelphia Inquirer

May 23, 2012 Updates
May 22, 2012 Updates

The NBA released the official list of 60 players invited to attend the 2012 NBA Draft combine on June 7-8 in Chicago. The event includes skill drills, scrimmages, athletic and psychological testing and interviews with players projected to be in the draft lottery. The order for the lottery is scheduled to be determined May 30. All six Kentucky players who entered the draft will attend. Among players not on the list is Wisconsin All-American point guard Jordan Taylor. Gonzaga’s Robert Sacre, Villanova’s Maalik Wayns and Dominic Cheek were also not on the initial NBA list of invites: Quincy Acy, Baylor. Harrison Barnes, North Carolina. HoopsWorld

April 12, 2012 Updates

Coming off a tough season in which it missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in eight years, having its top two scorers leave was the last thing Villanova needed. Maalik Wayns made his NBA intentions known last month, and now it seems Dominic Cheek will follow to the draft. “I appreciate all the help I have gotten from my teammates, coaches and friends during my time at Villanova,” Cheek said in a release. “At this point in my life, I feel this is the best decision for me and my family. I am excited to get started with the process of pursuing my dream of playing in the NBA.” CBSSports.com

March 23, 2012 Updates

Maalik Wayns, as most figured all along, has made it official. The junior lead guard from Roman Catholic High will not be coming back for his final season of eligibility. Instead, he will keep his name in the NBA draft. "We've been hearing all the rumors, so there was no reason to wait any longer," said Wayns, a second-team All-Big East selection and the leading scorer (averaging more than 17 points a game) on a team that finished 13-19. "The best thing was to get it out. "It's kind of a relief. Now it's just all about work, trying to make my lifelong dream a reality. No more wavering back and forth." Philadelphia Inquirer

March 22, 2012 Updates

Villanova’s Maalik Wayns, as most figured all along, has made it official. The junior lead guard from Roman Catholic High will not be coming back for his final season of eligibility. Instead, he will keep his name in the NBA draft. “We’ve been hearing all the rumors, so there was no reason to wait any longer,” said Wayns, a second-team All-Big East selection and the leading scorer (averaging more than 17 points a game) on a team that finished 13-19. “The best thing was to get it out. “It’s kind of a relief. Now it’s just all about work, trying to make my lifelong dream a reality. No more wavering back and forth.” Philadelphia Inquirer

Wayns had put his name into the pool of candidates on March 14, a week after the Wildcats were eliminated in the second round of their conference tournament. By rule he had until April 10 to change his mind. But the choice had pretty much been made. “We support Maalik’s decision and will continue to support him throughout the process,” coach Jay Wright said in a statement. Philadelphia Inquirer

March 21, 2012 Updates

Jeff Goodman: Villanova fans probably already know this, but Maalik Wayns is done at 'Nova. Has - or will sign - w/ Andy Miller, source told CBSSports. Twitter

March 30, 2011 Updates

Villanova sophomore point guard Maalik Wayns announced on his Twitter page a few minutes ago that he is "definitely coming back next year." A school spokesman last week had confirmed reports that said Wayns was indeed considering declaring himself for the NBA draft, but that no decision had been made. phillyburbs.com

March 23, 2011 Updates

Wayns may go early to the NBA. Sources tell me it could happen. Twitter

We've heard the rumors that Maalik Wayns was thinking about leaving early to the NBA as well. Frankly, it didn't really concern me, because he didn't have a great year. If he was a 1st round pick before the season, and that's a big if, then he certainly cannot be considered one now after the second half of the season that he and Villanova had. The Nova Blog

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