Wednesday, May 22, 2013 4:51 AM
Published on: Friday, November 09, 2012
By Brandy L. Simms
The Maryland men’s basketball program received some good news this week when the school learned that former Xavier standout Dez Wells would be eligible to play for the 2012-2013 campaign.
Wells, a 6-foot-5 swingman, was expelled from Xavier for violating the school’s code of conduct policy. After considering several Division I college programs, Wells transferred to Maryland earlier this year.
Maryland filed an appeal on his behalf and the appeal was initially denied but the NCAA overturned the waiver.
“We’re very happy for Dez as the NCAA legislative relief process provided him with complete and fair due process,” Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said. “Our staff was personally invested in the NCAA waiver and appeal process because it was in the best interest of our student-athlete. We’re pleased that Dez will be able to move forward and experience all the opportunities that come with being a student-athlete at the University of Maryland.”
As a freshman at Xavier last season, Wells was selected to the 2012 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. He averaged 9.8 points per game and started all 32 games that he played as a freshman.
Wells is expected to make an immediate contribution to a young Maryland team this season.
“He is a good player,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said. “He gives us toughness, experience having started 32 games on a top 25 team most of the year. He has played three games in the NCAA Tournament, so he understands what it takes. He gives us depth and versatility. I think it helps us defensively and rebounding, if I can get him to box out. It helps us in a lot of ways. It gives every player more confidence because he makes everyone better around him. He gives every coach on our staff, including me, more confidence that we can be a good team.”