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Prospect Profile

Maalik Wayns

  • Full Name: Maalik Wayns
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-1 / 190
  • Birthdate: May 2, 1991
  • College: Villanova

Strengths:
* Good passer
* Athletic
* Attacks the rim
* Excellent free throw shooter
* Fearless

Weaknesses:
Not a great perimeter shooter
Can he match up defensively at the next level?

NBA projection:
Wayns has turned up in some mock drafts as a second-round pick. There aren’t a lot of point guards available, so Wayns is going to get an opportunity because of his leadership ability, his ability to see the floor and find teammates for shots and his free-throw shooting. He’s also an excellent penetrator.

2011-12 Season:
Wayns didn’t have much of a supporting cast as Villanova lost a school record-tying 19 games. But Wayns did all he could, leading the Wildcats in scoring and earning second-team All-Big East honors.

Key statistics:
17.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.6 apg, 3.0 tpg, 1.0 spg, 33.6 mpg, .414 FG, .892 FT, .298 3PT

Cool statistic:
Wayns’ 39-point outburst against Cincinnati was the highest single-game total in the Big East in 2011-12.

Reminds me of:
Terrell Brandon

What Insiders Say
Villanova coach Jay Wright
"I feel for him sometimes," Wright told Philly.com. "I talk to him about it. We play against other teams and they've got other great players around them. They've got some seniors to play with. He's got to do everything for us. He's got to run the show. He's got to guard the best guard. He's got to score. And it's hard."

What Outsiders Say
Marquette coach Buzz Williams
"He is a very hard matchup because he is great at gaining space, so you have to limit his space. We were playing ball screen coverage different throughout the game to change the pace. Any space that he has, he uses to his advantage. Even when you take away his space he may have created enough of angle or a lane to create an open shot for someone else."

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin
"I don’t think anyone would argue that Malik Wayns was the best player we’d seen thus far." (After Wayns scored 39 against the Bearcats).

-- Prospect profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

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