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Maalik Wayns' basketball game has changed drastically in a matter of months. He went from shoot-first superstar to pass-happy rookie.

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Over the last 2 years, Villanova alum Maalik Wayns has done exactly what his coaches asked him to do.

<em>“It’s easy. I keep saying over and over again — that’s my game. I’m a coach’s player. Whatever coach asks me to do, that’s what I’ll do.”</em>

Last year, it was Nova's Jay Wright who needed Wayns to shoot and that's just what Wayns did.

<em>“That’s what my team needed me to do last year. We weren’t really successful doing it, but that’s not my game. Now I’ll get back to my roots and the way I play and be comfortable and play my game."</em>

Unfortunately, shooting the majority of the time is not Maalik's forte, rather he is at his best when he creates and gets his teammates involved. This is what Doug Collins of the Philadelphia 76ers has asked him to do and thus far, <a href="http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2012/10/06/sports/doc506f9a0c55d43276620305.txt?viewmode=fullstory" target="new">Wayns has been quite impressive in camp</a>. Added Collins,

<em>“One of the reasons why the scrimmages have been so competitive is Maalik, with that second unit, has been terrific.”</em>