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12 August 2007

Wayns proclaims 'Nova his choice

posted by NovaFan09
8/12/2007 04:32:00 PM

While Villanova is still diligently pursuing prospects for the 2008 basketball season -- most notably Astoria, PA's own Tyreke Evans -- Maalik Wayns told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he has verbally committed to Villanova as the newest member of the Class of 2009. Posts on Villanova's Rivals.com message boards are also calling the verbal commitment complete.

Wayns, a 6'1" point guard out of Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, is widely considered to be a top-five point guard in the country, and arguably the best guard Philadelphia has to offer in the 2009 class. Despite having two full seasons of high school basketball left before jumping to college, Maalik said that the decision to choose Villanova at a time when his peers are focused on the SATs was easy: "I just wanted to get it out of the way. Now I can focus on other things, my academics, winning a championship in high school."

Wayns is just the latest in a recent trend of Philadelphia players to commit to Jay Wright and Villanova, following in the footsteps of current players Shane Clark and Reggie Redding, recent Niagara transfer Bilal Benn, and former standout Kyle Lowry, whose style of play is often compared to Wayns's.

Although Villanova has yet to comment on the commitment, Wayns, a rising high school junior, continues to participate in summer development camps, including Reebok's elite Rbk U Camp in an effort to further showcase his talents.
"I just wanted to come in here and prove to everybody that I'm one of the top players in my class," Wayns said in mid-July.

Because verbal commitments are not binding -- a prospect is free to opt out at any time due to increased exposure or rising stock -- Villanova fans may worry that Wayns is not serious in his commitment to the Main Line.

Count me among the many, however, that are faithful in Maalik's determination to attend Villanova in 2009.
Jay Wright clearly has had the most success in his tenure at Villanova when running a guard-oriented offense.

The results have been noticed by Wayns, who watched Villanova and its patented four guard offense of Lowry, Randy Foye, Allen Ray, and Mike Nardi earn a number 1 seed in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
"Villanova is where I'm going," Wayns reiterated. "That's where I want to be."

It is too early to tell if current guards Redding, Scottie Reynolds, and new additions Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes will still be on the Main Line when Wayns steps foot on campus in 2009. It will be interesting to see, however, what the coaching staff at Villanova does for the recruiting class of 2008, and if we will see a continuation of "Guard U" for years to come.

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