As most people assumed last week when Villanova's Maalik Wayns talked about putting his name into the NBA draft, it appears that the junior lead guard from Roman Catholic is indeed not coming back for his final season of eligibility.
Wayns — a second-team all-Big East selection and the Wildcats' top scorer — tweeted today, “I loved my 3 years at Villanova and will never regret anything had the best teammates coaches and professors anybody could ask for ... I will always be a Wildcat and to the Nova fans who disagree with my dec sorry it's best for me and my fam i love all the fans and also ... The haters just gone provem em wrong once it's time to pursue my dream let's get it!!!"
Wayns has until April 10 to remove his name from consideration.
There was a report today that Wayns - who averaged over 17 points a game for a team that finished 13-18 and missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004 - had either signed or was about to sign with North Jersey-based agent Andy Miller, who also represents Kyle Lowry, the last Wildcat to leave early (2006).