When the opportunity to stay close to home for college, Maalik Wayns jumped at the chance. The 6-foot point guard from Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia verbally committed to Villanova.
The four-star guard announced his intentions to play for Jay Wright and the Wildcats on Friday at a press conference at the Island Green Country Club in Philadelphia.
"I've always thought about playing at Nova. It's my dream school," Wayns said. "I'm comfortable with the coach and I love everything about the team and the school. They have everything that I want there. It's a family atmosphere and everyone there is cool. They just made me feel welcome."
Wayns is next in line in the rich Philadelphia tradition of point guards. He shined at the NBPA Top 100 camp last week and is considered one of the best prospects in the City of Brotherly Love, if not the best overall right now in Philly. Wayns said he received an offer from Villanova this summer.
"I guess Jay Wright had never really watched me play until I went to their team camp. I did really well there and they offered right after that. When they did that, I couldn't think of anything else expect for playing for them. It's just a great situation."
Wayns said he is attracted to the open offense in the backcourt and likes the flexibility with the guards.
"That's another reason why I picked them," Wayns said. "They play my kind of game and you really saw that last year with Scotty Reynolds. I know Corey Fisher is coming in this year. We'll have a lot of fun. There is no better place to place for guards than Nova. We call is guard U around here."
For Wayns, the chance to play 30 minutes from home and for one of the best teams in the country is indeed a dream come true.