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Is Maryland the Team to Beat for Xavier Transfer Dezmine Wells?

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According to a report from the Washington Post, Xavier transfer Dezmine Wells is down to three schools and a decision is expected within the next two days.

Wells, who was expelled from the university a few weeks ago, took a number of visits late last week and into this Labor Day weekend. The report indicates that Wells is expected to choose between Memphis, Maryland and Oregon.

Kentucky and head coach John Calipari hosted Wells last week, but due to a scheduling conflict and no immediate commitment from the 6-foot-5 wing, the two parted ways on a potential addition. Ohio State, also expected to host Wells this past weekend, cancelled their trip due to similar circumstances.

Wells visited Memphis on Friday before heading to Maryland on Saturday and then Oregon on Sunday.

According to the report, Wells will fly back home to his Raleigh, N.C. home to make a decision in the coming days. However, after reading comments described by a source in the Washington Post story, the Terps may be coming out as the leader for the Xavier transfer.

β€œI credit Maryland, they really got his spirits up,” the source said. β€œIt was a blessing to me to hear. It started out a rough week for him. He went through Kentucky, Memphis, but Maryland was the first time I heard the excitement back in his voice.”

Under second year head coach Mark Turgeon, the Terrapins’ future is looking bright after a 17-15 season a year ago. Maryland has added a nice freshmen class for the 2012-13 season and the Terps should be preparing to move up the ACC standings this year.

The potential addition of Wells would be a great pick up for Turgeon, especially given the former top-100 recruit’s ability. Wells has three years of eligibility remaining, wherever he chooses to go.

After a decision has been made, expect the school that lands Wells to instantly apply for a waiver. Wells would have to sit out the 2012-13 season due to the NCAA’s rule on transfer if a waiver is not granted.


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