In what comes as more than a shocker for many, Maryland wing Dez Wells has been cleared to play this season by the NCAA.
Less than two weeks ago, news surfaced that the NCAA had denied Wells the ability to play this season after attempting to receive a waiver upon his transfer from Xavier. Maryland appealed and on Wednesday morning, that appeal was granted.
The addition of Wells for the Terps this season should hold huge dividends after a freshman season in the Atlantic 10 Conference in which the 6-foot-5 high-flyer averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Wells was set on returning to the Musketeers as the team’s leading scorer in 2012-13, but off-the-court issues ultimately led to his expulsion from the university.
Wells made the decision to transfer to Maryland, following a number of visits to other top-notch programs, including the Terps’ season-opening opponent this Friday night. Kentucky, who failed to land Wells, did manage to snag a pair of top-five commitments from Maryland however, in both Andrew and Aaron Harrison.
The two teams will hit the hardwood on Friday night and Wells will be in uniform, expecting to play. The addition should certainly give Maryland an added boost of momentum heading into their contest against the defending national champions.
Wells had an up-and-down year at Xavier a season ago, showcasing his true potential, but the rocky, off-the-court issues have obviously pushed him into a new chapter. There should be no denying his overall talent and the boost that he can provide the Terrapins for the next three years.
Maryland and Kentucky will kick-off the 2012-13 season on Friday from the brand-new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse