Despite last year’s issues, the Xavier men’s basketball team was able to bring things together and advance to the Sweet 16.
In that turmoil, Xavier lost their top two leading scorers to suspension in Tu Holloway and Mark Lyons (now at Arizona). In addition, freshman forward Dezmine Wells was also handed a suspension for his role in the fight.
One of head coach Chris Mack‘s prized recruits, Wells had high expectations at Xavier, yet now things have come to an end.
On Tuesday afternoon, Xavier’s athletic department announced the expulsion of Wells, saying:
“The Xavier University Conduct Board (UCB), made up of faculty, students and administrators, found Xavier sophomore and basketball player Dezmine Wells responsible for a serious violation of the Code of Student Conduct. The punishment for the violation is expulsion from the University.”
CBSSports.com‘s Jeff Goodman tweeted that Wells’ dismissal was related to a sexual incident: [blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/GoodmanCBS/status/238016277380210688"]
In his lone season at Xavier, Wells was fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 9.8 points per game. In addition, the 6-foot-5 forward collected 4.9 rebounds per contest.
Out of Hargrave Military Academy (NC), Wells was considered among the nation’s best prospects. ESPN ranked Wells at No. 48 overall, as part of the class of 2011.
It remains unclear whether or not Wells will seek a transfer, but with a school year so close and the college basketball season approaching rapidly, it’s tough to tell what the sophomore-to-be plans to do from here.
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