Wayns lives it up in Philadelphia

Updated: October 29, 2008, 1:21 PM ET
By Jon Mahoney |

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Kelly Kline Maalik Wayns was able to penetrate to the basket at will.

Roman Catholic (Philadelphia) senior point guard Maalik Wayns reps Philly with his hard-nosed style of play. Rated the nation's No. 22 overall recruit in the class of 2009, Wayns will play his college ball close to home at Villanova. Here are the five main reasons why he enjoys the City of Brotherly Love.

1. Food
"When I go to other places, it's not the same. I love going down South Street and getting a cheesesteak."

2. Rappers
"They just have their own unique style."

3. Basketball
"I think it's the best city for basketball in the world. Everyone from Philly plays hard."

4. The love I get
"I have a lot of people here who lead me the right way. Everybody is here to support me."

5. The NBA alumni
"Flip Murray, Kyle Lowry and Alvin Williams consider me the next great player to come up and take me under their wing."

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