Given the ruling, Wells will be forced to sit out the entire season per NCAA rules and will be eligible to take the court with the Terps next season. Maryland has said they plan to appeal the NCAA ruling that was handed down on Friday.
The Terrapins’ appeal is probably just the next step in taking one final stab at clearing Wells and getting him on the court for this season, but that shouldn’t be expected.
Wells was expelled from Xavier following an investigation into sexual assault allegations, which ultimately ended up being thrown away by the prosecutor’s office. After a number of visits and a much anticipated decision, Wells chose the Terrapins and head coach Mark Turgeon.
While Maryland will not have Wells’ services this season, the expectations and hype surrounding the sophomore forward should speak volumes down the line.
In his lone season at Xavier, Wells showcased his high-flying athleticism and overall potential on numerous occasions. He finished the 2011-12 season averaging 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Musketeers. However, the off-the-court issue that eventually led to the school’s decision to expel Wells was not his only problem. The 6-foot-5 forward was also suspended last December for his role in the Musketeers’ brawl against Cincinnati.
Last week, during the Terps’ open scrimmage, Wells showed off to fans with a number of dunks in transition. He also converted on all seven shot attempts from the floor.
There is no denying that Maryland will get a big boost from a guy like Wells once he is eligible. While things appear bleak for this season barring the school’s last chance appeal, Wells will still have three seasons remaining at the collegiate level beginning in 2013-14.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse