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Philly Hoops Diaries MAALIK WAYNS(2009) ATTENDS ROMAN CATHOLIC(PA) AND IS RANKED #22 NATIONALLY BY ESPN.COM. THIS SUMMER MAALIK PLAYED FOR TEAM USA 18 & UNDER SQUAD AND WAS MVP OF THE ELITE 24 GAME.MAALIK IS A MCDONALDS ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE AND HAS SIGNED TO ATTEND VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY NEXT YEAR. maalik_wayns

Dear Diary,

I’ve been rehabbing since surgery. I got cleared to run and jump on the day of the Catholic League Championship. To rehab my knee I’ve been doing pool workouts, riding the stationary bike and weight resistant lifting. To stay in shape I’ve been doing cardio work and lifting twice a week for my upper body.
I was really excited to find out that I made the McDonald’s Game. First they called my coach and then they mailed paperwork for me to fill out to my school. This is the greatest honor a high school senior can get. I’m going to go to Miami and work hard and bring back the MVP Award like my man Tyreke did last year. Thats my goal!

Philly Hoops Diaries MAALIK WAYNS(2009) ATTENDS ROMAN CATHOLIC(PA) AND IS RANKED #22 NATIONALLY BY ESPN.COM. THIS SUMMER MAALIK PLAYED FOR TEAM USA 18 & UNDER SQUAD AND WAS MVP OF THE ELITE 24 GAME.MAALIK IS A MCDONALDS ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE AND HAS SIGNED TO ATTEND VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY NEXT YEAR. maalik_wayns

Dear Diary,

I got hurt playing against Cardinal O’Hara. I made a layup and came down funny on my leg. I didn’t think about it and kept playing. The official diagnosis is torn meniscus. This has caused me to miss three games so far. I was real upset about not being able to play against Chester because that game was at Villanova. On Wednesday I had surgery and the doctor said it was successful. I’ll be out for 3 weeks rehabbing and then I should be back in time for the state playoffs. This was a minor injury and I want to thank everyone for keeping me in their thoughts. My teammates have stepped up, especially Rakeem Brookins. The good thing about my injury is that now I have more time to devote to schoolwork and I’ll use this time to maintain my B average. I’m still in the running to make the McDonalds All-American Game. I found out its down to 30 players. That means 6 more players have to get cut. This would mean so much to me to be considered one of the best 24 players in the country.

By Keith Pompey

Inquirer Staff Writer

After a year of waiting and weeks of buildup, Chester and Roman Catholic played one of the most eagerly awaited boys’ basketball games in Southeastern Pennsylvania last night.
The result?

Chester, ranked first in the area by The Inquirer, defeated second-ranked Roman Catholic for the second consecutive season.

This time, the Clippers’ Maurice Nelson scored 24 points to lead his team to a 61-47 victory in the Primetime Shootout at Villanova’s Pavilion. Teammate Rahlir Jefferson added 19 points en route to being named his team’s MVP of the game.

Last night’s victory enabled Chester to improve to 17-2.

The Cahillites, playing without McDonald’s all-American candidate Maalik Wayns, dropped to 13-6. Roman had its nine-game winning streak snapped.

Wayns, a senior point guard, will be sidelined for about three weeks with a meniscus tear in his right knee.

Junior guard Rakeem Brookins led the Cahillites with 22 points. He was named Roman’s MVP. Senior forward Koron Reed had 17 points and seven blocks.

Roman Catholic 9 13 14 11 – 47

Chester 15 18 7 21 – 61

RC: Rakeem Brookins 22, Kawaun Chavis 3, Andre Horne 5, Koron Reed 17.

C: Kareem Robinson 1, Laquan Robinson 9, Maurice Nelson 24, Alvin Tinch 2, Dymere Crews 5, Keyon Staples 1, Rahlir Jefferson 19.

Philly Hoops Diaries MAALIK WAYNS(2009) ATTENDS ROMAN CATHOLIC(PA) AND IS RANKED #22 NATIONALLY BY ESPN.COM. THIS SUMMER MAALIK PLAYED FOR TEAM USA 18 & UNDER SQUAD AND WAS MVP OF THE ELITE 24 GAME.MAALIK IS A MCDONALDS ALL-AMERICAN CANIDATE AND HAS SIGNED TO ATTEND VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY NEXT YEAR. maalik_wayns

Dear Diary,

Last week we had two big games in the Catholic League. We won both. We beat St. Joe’s Prep, 39-27, and then we beat North Catholic, 70-62. With those victories we have the Catholic League Red Division all but locked down. Its up to us to stay focused and finish out undefeated in league play.

This week we have three games. With school work and everything else its going to be a tough week. We play Cardinal O’Hara and then LaSalle, but the game that everyone has been talking about for the last month is us against Chester. Coach has been telling us to focus on one game at a time but I cant help but get excited when I think of how important this game is to me. The game is going to be played at Villanova University which is my future home. I’m hoping that some of the Villanova students come to watch me play. That way I get to show them what they have to look forward to for the next four years.

I also found out that I’ve made it to the next round of the selection process for the McDonalds All-American Game. I set some goals going into my senior year and this has got to be the biggest one, next to graduating (sorry mom). I really have worked hard to earn this honor and so far it looks good for me. I want to shoutout every person who has played a part in my growth from my parents, my coaches, my teammates and all my family and friends.

Philly Hoops Diaries MAALIK WAYNS(2009) ATTENDS ROMAN CATHOLIC(PA) AND IS RANKED #22 NATIONALLY BY ESPN.COM. THIS SUMMER MAALIK PLAYED FOR TEAM USA 18 & UNDER SQUAD AND WAS MVP OF THE ELITE 24 GAME.MAALIK IS A MCDONALDS ALL-AMERICAN CANIDATE AND HAS SIGNED TO ATTEND VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY NEXT YEAR. maalik_wayns

Dear Diary,

This week we played three teams from the Catholic League. We beat Father Judge 71-40. I scored 23 points. Next we played St. Joe’s Prep. We beat them 58-45. It was closer than the final score shows. They are always tough for us. Friday we played Archbishop Bonner and won, 82-43. I had 24 points and 15 assists.

I had a project in my Psychology class and I got a 93. That was the best thing that happened to me this week. I worked hard on that project and it paid off. We have midterms next week so between basketball, practice, and studying I’m gonna have a full week.

I just found out that I’m one of the nominees for the McDonald’s Game. My school has produced more McDonaldss All Americans than just about every other school and it would be a huge honor if I’m the next one from my school.

Jocklife.com was in attendance on November 2, 2008 at our very own Super 60 Showcase Event in Aston, PA.

Philly Hoops Diaries MAALIK WAYNS(2009) ATTENDS ROMAN CATHOLIC(PA) AND IS RANKED #22 NATIONALLY BY ESPN.COM. THIS SUMMER MAALIK PLAYED FOR TEAM USA 18 & UNDER SQUAD AND WAS MVP OF THE ELITE 24 GAME.MAALIK IS A MCDONALDS ALL-AMERICAN CANIDATE AND HAS SIGNED TO ATTEND VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY NEXT YEAR. maalik_wayns

Dear Diary,

We just got back from West Virginia. We played against Rice High School and lost. I got into foul trouble early so I didn’t play a lot in the first half. Two days ago we played and beat O’Hara 79-40. I scored my 1000th career point in the third quarter of the game. I finished with 28 points and my coach said that I’m in 13th place all time for scoring at Roman.

We play tuesday against LaSalle. School starts back today. For my first quarter report my GPA is 3.1. My only ‘C’ was in American Government. I’ll bring that grade up by the next report.

Maalik Wayns hit five three-pointers on the way to 28 points in Roman Catholic’s 79-40 Catholic League boys’ basketball victory over visiting Cardinal O’Hara yesterday.

Included in those 28 was a free throw in the third quarter that gave him 1,000 points for his career. He moves into 13th place on the school’s all-time career list, with his sights set on overtaking No. 12, 1973 grad Jim “Chico” Singleton (1,227), soon.

The Cahillites (4-4 overall, 2-0 league), who survived a brutal December that included a two-point loss to the then-No. 1 team in the country, Mater Dei (Calif.), also got 14 points from forward Anthony Mayo.

Wayns also chipped in with seven rebounds.

In other league games:

Archbishop Carroll rallied from a deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to hang a 57-47 defeat on host Conwell-Egan. The Patriots (10-0) outscored the Eagles, 23-12, in the final quarter. Juan’ya Green led Carroll with 17 points.

Rob Holloman’s 18 points led host West Catholic past Lansdale Catholic, 65-59. The Crusaders got a superb game from Brendan Stanton, who had 30 points and seven rebounds.

La Salle outscored host Archbishop Ryan by six in the fourth quarter to come away with a 67-59 win. The Explorers (7-4, 3-0) got 16 points from Malik West and Eddie Joyner-Mitchell chipped in with three fourth-quarter steals during a 26-20 run to close out the game. The Raiders got 28 points from football quarterback Rus Slawter, 13 in the final quarter. Ryan’s top offensive threat, Anthony Keiter, was held to six points, but had five rebounds.

Mike Terry, a 5-foot-11 guard, scored 17 points and made five of his seven shots from the field, to lift North Catholic to a 71-54 win at rival Father Judge. Terry also made six of his eight free throws and the Falcons as a team hit 25 of 31 from the line.

Beach Ball Classic. At Myrtle Beach, S.C., despite 27 points from Dalton Pepper, Martin Luther King (Calif.) salted away a 52-48 third-round win over Pennsbury.

By TED SILARY
Philadelphia Daily News

silaryt@phillynews.com

ALL’S WELL in Wayns’ World.
Really, how it could not be?

Not only is Maalik Wayns, a 6-1, 192-pound senior point guard at Roman Catholic High, considered the city’s top scholastic basketball player.

His name also can be found in lofty locations on national rankings lists and he is signed to play college ball for a program (Villanova) that pretty much owns the local spotlight.

Is there pressure? Of course. Does Wayns realize that some people this season will attend Roman’s games mostly (only?) because of his presence? He’s no dummy.

He also knows this: The best stars are those who keep evvvvvvverything in perspective.

In the midst of the holiday season, at an out-of-the-way college (Gwynedd-Mercy) 21 miles from Roman, an overflow crowd last night turned out to watch Wayns and the Cahillites battle North Catholic, the defending Catholic League champion, in a Red Division contest.

Playingwise, Wayns satisfied the fans by totaling 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds in a 58-55 win that wound up being hairy.

Though Roman led by 50-39 with 4:47 remaining, a partial stall did not produce the desired results. There were turnovers and missed shots at one end. At the other, among other things, Jaleel Mack buried a trio of treys.

His last, with 4.4 seconds remaining, moved North within 56-55. But on the inbound play, following a timeout at 3.8, the Falcons allowed Andre Horne to break free downcourt unattended and Kevin Regan, the football quarterback, hit him with a pass for an easy, buzzer-beating layup.

For those who paid attention, Wayns also provided assurance that, yes, he’s enjoying himself and that his head is not even close to basketball-sized.

Fourth quarter. Wayns got way ahead of the field. The chance to uncork a bring-the-house down dunk was there. He motored to the hoop. Left his feet and began to soar . . .

Oops. Clang. The ball slammed hard against the rim. Baskets are still 10 feet high. Not 9 1/2.

“I could tell as I jumped that it wasn’t gonna work,” Wayns said.

Luckily for Wayns, Roman maintained possession and there was a stoppage in play. As the house buzzed and he peeled toward the sideline opposite Roman’s bench, Maalik smiled broadly.

Other stars might have mumbled curse words under their breath. Might have done something – wiped supposedly sweaty hands on pants, for instance – to steer the fault someplace else. Not Maalik Wayns. Not the city’s newest megastar. He smiled.

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Philly Hoops Diaries MAALIK WAYNS(2009) ATTENDS ROMAN CATHOLIC(PA) AND IS RANKED #22 NATIONALLY BY ESPN.COM. THIS SUMMER MAALIK PLAYED FOR TEAM USA 18 & UNDER SQUAD AND WAS MVP OF THE ELITE 24 GAME.MAALIK IS A MCDONALDS ALL-AMERICAN CANIDATE AND HAS SIGNED TO ATTEND VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY NEXT YEAR. maalik_wayns

Dear Diary,

My week started out great! My close friend, Dominic Cheek, decided to attend Villanova University.  I worked hard campaigning for ‘nova. I should get some of the credit for Dom coming. Just kidding. 

We flew to Florida on wednesday to play in the City Of Palms tournament. Its considered the top tournament in the country this time of year.  Thursday we played Arlington Country Day. Wally Judge plays for them.  I had 14 points and hit the game winning free throw and we won, 57-56. On saturday, we play the #1 team in the country, Mater Dei (Calif). If we win we should  be ranked high.  Me and my teammates just got back from the beach. We had a good time. Its crazy to be at the beach and think about my friends back home in Philly where its cold.  We are really having a good time here. The gyms are packed every night. There are like 8 games every day. All the top teams from across the country are here.  I’m seeing alot of guys that i played against this summer. 

I wanna shoutout my mom, dad, grandmom, grandpops and my little brother, V.J..

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