Vipers Acquire Maalik Wayns
MCALLEN, Texas, February 17, 2014 – Rio Grande Valley Vipers General Manager Gianluca Pascucci today announced that the team has acquired guard Maalik Wayns. This will be Wayns’ second stint with the RGV Vipers.
Last season, Wayns (6-2, 185, Villanova) averaged 12.4 ppg and 3 apg in nine appearances with the Vipers. He scored a season-high 24 points on Jan. 23, 2013 against the Texas Legends. On March 9, 2013, Wayns received a GATORADE Call-Up from the Los Angeles Clippers.
As a member of the Clippers, Wayns appeared in six games during the 2012-13 season, averaging 3.3 points, and appeared in two games this season before being waived by the Clippers on Jan. 16. Wayns also played for the Clippers during the 2013 NBA Summer League.
Undrafted out of Villanova in 2012, Wayns signed with the Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent in July 2012 and a 10-day contract in January 2013.
Wayns played three seasons at Villanova (2009-12). During his junior season, he ranked seventh in the nation in free throw accuracy (.892), and led the Wildcats in scoring (17.6 ppg), assists (4.6 apg) and minutes played (33.6 mpg). He also became the 55th Wildcat to surpass 1,000 career points on Jan. 14, 2012.
Next up, the Vipers travel to Canton to face the Charge Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. (CT).
About the RGV Vipers and NBA Development League
The two-time champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The Vipers won the NBA Development League Championship in 2010 and 2013. In 2013, the Vipers were also named the NBA Development League Development Champions, which recognizes the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA-caliber basketball talent via call-ups and assignments. The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 14 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Thirty percent of players in the NBA at the end of the 2012-13 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.