Last week, Xavier wing Dezmine Wells was expelled from the university for a student code of conduct violation. No charges stemmed from the county’s prosecutors’ office, but Wells is ultimately being forced to transfer.
With the news, the 6-foot-5 guard, former top-100 recruit is set to begin a chapter elsewhere and plenty of high-profile programs have rapidly begun their pursuit.
On Wednesday afternoon, ESPN‘s Dave Telep tweeted that Wells was on Kentucky‘s campus and would be visiting Lexington until Friday. Visits to both Memphis and Maryland were also expected to follow. [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/DaveTelep/status/240938117350162433″]
There have been a few teams rumored to be very interested in Wells over the past few days. However, as Telep once again suggests via Twitter, the Wildcats have emerged out of nowhere. In fact, Telep even points out that it will be interesting to see if Wells even goes any further than his visit to Kentucky. [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/DaveTelep/status/240942027007737857″]
Louisville had been a rumored spot for Wells from the start however, their scholarship situation certainly affects their ability to land Wells. The Cardinals have no remaining scholarships for the 2012-13 season.
Wells’ situation has been very unique, and with the month of August coming to a close, there is no higher pursued player this late in the summer that could provide the future impact that the former Xavier freshman can.
Wells will have three years of eligibility remaining wherever he lands, but due to NCAA rules he would have to sit out the 2012-13 season, pending an appeal.
That appeal, as Telep once again pointed out, is tough to read at this stage. [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/DaveTelep/status/240944003594481664″]
Wells averaged 9.8 points last season, his lone year at Xavier.
A decision should be expected within the next couple of days.
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