The NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine and I have decided now is the time to pursue it, Wayns said in a statement released by the school. "I had the best teammates, coaches and professors anybody could ask for. I will always be a Wildcat. I loved my three years at Villanova."
Wayns led the Wildcats with 17.6 points per game his junior season, in which 'Nova struggled mightily en route to a 13-19 record and failed to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004.
In three seasons, the 6-foot-2 Wayns scored 1,191 points in 95 games. His 39-point game at Cincinnati on Jan. 14 was the highest single-game point total this season by a Big East player. He was named second team All-Big East by the conferences coaches.
We support Maaliks decision and will continue to work closely with him throughout this process, Villanova head coach Jay Wright said in the statement.
Wayns originally announced on March 14 that he would enter his name in the NBA draft. It was reported Wednesday that Wayns signed with agent Andy Miller, making his decision final.