DO YOU KNOW MAALIK WAYNS?
1. As a 17-year-old high school junior, Wayns (Roman Catholic High in Philadelphia) represented the United States on the Under-18 National Team in Formosa, Argentina. Wayns averaged six points and nearly three assists in five tournament games. Team USA lost, 77-64, to Argentina in the gold medal game. The group included future collegiate superstar and NBA lottery pick Kemba Walker as well as other future NBA players Ryan Kelly, Mason Plumlee and Malcolm Lee. Clippers 2013-14 training camp invitee JaMychal Green was also on the squad.
2. Wayns is an avid video game player. While he says one of his favorites is NBA 2K14, he also plays games from other genres outside of sports. He went to a local retailer for the midnight release of the wildly popular Grand Theft Auto 5 and also plays action games like Call of Duty.
3. He tore the meniscus in his left knee in October during the preseason. While he has had to battle through rehab, it is not the first time he has endured overcoming a knee injury. Wayns entered his senior year of high school as a Parade and McDonald’s All-American, but missed three weeks when he suffered a knee injury. He still went on to be named Philadelphia Catholic League MVP for the second time and was first-team all-city and all-state selection.
“After my injury, people doubted me and said I wouldn’t go to ‘Nova,” Wayns told the Roman Catholic High alumni website. “Then they said I wouldn’t start and I wouldn’t get drafted. I wanted to prove that I could and I just kept working to do it.”
4. September 25 is considered “Maalik Wayns Day” at Roman Catholic High in Philadelphia. Wayns was born and raised in the city and even played 21 games for his hometown 76ers after signing as a rookie free agent in 2012.
5. Wayns was a featured panelist at Philadelphia’s 2013 Dream Chasers Sports and Entertainment Summit, a seven-hour conference that included prominent athletes and entertainers with the purpose of “igniting the spark in all generations to go after their goals, no matter what those goals may be.” Wayns attended along with Bernard Hopkins, Dion Waiters, Rick Ross, Andrew Brandt and numerous others.