Eric Maynor may have signed with the Washington Wizards in July but he’s hardly a newcomer. His familiarity with the organization goes back to when he starred at Virginia Commonwealth in Richmond where the Wizards held training camp before moving the sessions to George Mason University three years ago.

When the team practiced at his gym Maynor would sneak over to watch all-stars such as Gilbert Arenas Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler take note of how they prepared observe what made them successful and then store it in his memory bank.

“That wasn’t my team but that’s where I was trying to go. I was trying to be in the NBA” Maynor said. “That was my main goal so I was trying to learn.”

Maynor left VCU as the program’s all-time leading scorer and the Utah Jazz made him the first Rams player to ever be selected in the first round in 2009. Over the past four years Maynor has also spent time in Oklahoma City and Portland before becoming a member of the team that now will be looking to him to pass along some knowledge.

After a season in which they were a woeful 5-28 without John Wall the Wizards made finding an experienced backup an offseason priority and locked up Maynor to a two-year deal worth roughly $4 million on the first day that teams could negotiate with players.

“Felt like this was a great situation for me. A bunch of young guys a good coaching staff good organization on the East Coast close to home” said Maynor a native of Raeford N.C. who has averaged 4.5 points and 3.0 assists in four seasons. “I felt like it was a good choice for me.”

Last season the Wizards were among the lowest-scoring teams in the NBA but also among the sloppiest tying with the Sacramento Kings and the Charlotte Bobcats for 23rd in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1:48-to-1. Often praised for his poise and steadiness Maynor has a career 2.81-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Wall has a career 2.2-to-1 ratio.