Guard Maalik Wayns led the Villanova Wildcats with 17.6 points per game in his junior season.
The 76ers announced Tuesday that they have signed Villanova point guard Maalik Wayns to a contract.
Wayns announced via twitter “I'm officially a Philadelphia 76er it feels great when a dream comes true words can't even explain how I feel..... HOME SWEET HOME!!!!”
Although Wayns went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft, he refused to give up. The Philly native secured a spot on the Orlando Magic Summer League roster and proved that he could ball.
In his three games with the Magic, he averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 assists and 2.3 steals.
“I thought I played well in Orlando and there were rumors going around that a team or two were looking to sign me,” said Wayns in a blog from philly.com. “But nothing happened. Still I never lost confidence that things would work out.”
Wayns, who was a two-time Catholic League MVP with Roman Catholic while in high school, averaged 17.6 points, 4.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game in his junior season with the Wildcats.
The McDonald’s All-American was excited when he heard the news that he was given the opportunity to play for his hometown team.