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Ex-Xavier recruit Dez Wells to Maryland
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On September 5, 2012 @ 2:59 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
By Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY
The last three weeks have been a whirlwind for ex-Xavier forward Dez Wells.
First, he was expelled from Xavier for violating the student conduct code. Then a grand jury declined to charge him after hearing allegations of sexual assault. Xavier said its decision to expel Wells was final.
So Wells went looking for a new school and a new basketball program to call home. After visiting Kentucky, Memphis, Oregon and Maryland, Wells made his decision: He’s going to join the Terps.
This is a big get for coach Mark Turgeon, even if Wells isn’t eligible to play this season (he’d need to get a waiver, and it’s unlikely).
Wells announced his decision publicly by posting a tweet with this message:
“The last couple of weeks have been the toughest time in my life for my family and I. I’ve learned that it is a major responsibility that comes with being a student athlete at all times. Im thankful that God has blessed me with a second opportunity to continue my education. I would like to thank UK, UM, UMD and UO for their recruitment and interest in me as a student athlete. After careful consideration with my family, I’ve decided to attend the University of Maryland….”
Wells is a 6-5 guard/forward who was on the 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference’s All-Rookie Team. He started 32 games as a freshman in the 2011-12 season, finishing fourth on the team in scoring (9.8 ppg.) and third in rebounding (4.9 rpg.). Wells was also suspended for four games for his role in an on-court brawl with Cincinnati during the season.
Wells was supposed to be the top returnee on an Xavier team that has already lost four starters from last season’s Sweet 16 team.
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