As it turns out, Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon does not get all of the credit for recruiting highly acclaimed Xavier transfer Dez Wells.
Maryland wide receiver Nigel King had an ample influence on Well’s decision to come to College Park.
King, a native of Well’s hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, attended Word of God Academy with Wells for a year. Also from Raleigh, Maryland linebacker Demetrius Hartfield. King and Wells have been friends since childhood, due to the friendship that their mothers established while attending college together.
Wells visited Maryland last sunday, and watched as his hometown friends and the Maryland Football team took down William and Mary 7-6. After the game, Wells got to hang out with King and spent the day in College Park seeing what the campus was like and enjoying the atmosphere.
“He had never been to a big campus” King told The Washington Post, “When he came in, he liked the big campus, liked the diversity, and the coaching staff, he felt like they wanted him the most.”
Wells clearly enjoyed his time in College Park because two days later the 6’5 swingman declared over twitter that he was going to transfer to Maryland.
By taking Wells in, Maryland showed that they were more than willing to give Wells a second chance. After allegations broke out against Wells and he was forced to transfer from Xavier, there was fear that no top program was going to give him a chance.
“I’m glad he was able to get that second chance” King told the Post, “I’m glad Maryland was able to get him to school and just accept him for what happened at Xavier.”
Following Well’s decision, King tweeted: “My bro @DezWells_5 back on campus! Back to the good ole days!!”
As shown by the efforts of King, recruiting the talented Wells was a team effort among both athletes and coaches throughout the campus. One thing is for sure, and that is that the entire Maryland student body, as well as Terps fans from around the world, are thankful for the efforts of those who got Wells on campus.