Xavier Transfer Dezmine Wells Could Be Nearing a Decision

By Paul Seaver

Just last week, Xavier released some shocking news by expelling their top returning scorer, Dezmine Wells.

Wells averaged 9.8 points per game last season and was expected to be the Musketeers’ go-to-guy in 2012-13. However, news of his expulsion came up as a response to a violation of the university’s code of student conduct.

A week has passed since Xavier’s dismissal of Wells, but the 6-foot-5 high-flying wing is not wasting any time on looking for a new home.

CBSSports Network‘s Jon Rothstein tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that Wells has three frontrunners and a decision could be made sometime this week.

Rothstein said that Louisville, Texas, and Memphis were all potential landing sports for Wells. [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/240497630457778176″]

Wells’ talent is undeniable. A former top-100 recruit was the highlight of the Musketeers’ freshman class a season ago. However, issues, including the one directly related to his expulsion have surfaced. Wells was also suspended early last season for his role in Xavier’s brawl against Cincinnati.

After beginning the season red-hot, the Musketeers faltered for much of the middle portion of last season before gearing up and making a run to the Sweet 16. Without Wells, the Musketeers are going to need a lot of help if they hope to keep intact a streak of seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012-13.

More than likely, Wells will have to sit out this upcoming season season due to the NCAA rule on transfers, yet finding a new home is his first step.

If Wells can click and re-focus on his future wherever that may be. One school, potentially one of the three aforementioned programs could be landing a top-notch talent and contributor.


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