By Steve Roney
The University of Maryland has officially admitted former Xavier forward Dezmine Wells, mens basketball coach Mark Turgeon confirmed Friday. Last years Sporting News Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year signed financial-aid paperwork today, completing his transfer and upgrading coach Turgeons front court.
Wells is no stranger to the Terps coaching staff, who know exactly what theyre getting in the 65 sophomore.
I have followed Dez for the past three years and I know he will be a good student-athlete and teammate, said Turgeon in a press release. Assistant coach Bino Ranson was very active in his recruitment at Xavier and has also built a strong relationship with Dez over the past several years. This is a new beginning and a fresh start for Dez at Maryland and were looking forward to him joining us on campus.
Wells saw significant action for the Musketeers last season, shooting 50.4 from the field and 37.7 from beyond the arc in 32 starts. Averaging 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, Wells played a key role in Xaviers Sweet Sixteen showing in the NCAA Tournament, recording a double-double against Notre Dame in the tournaments second round.
As a player, he is an athletic and powerful wing who can score in a variety of ways. He is also an excellent individual and team defender, said Turgeon in the release. Dez has experience playing in the postseason, which will help show our young players what it takes to reach that level of success.
Wells will enroll in classes immediately and have three years of eligibility remaining.