Forget about the Maryland Terrapins (20-9, 8-8 ACC) being on the NCAA Tournament bubble. While that is important, a far more interesting thing happened in their victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, the emergence of Dez Wells.
Wells, a sophomore, more than doubled his scoring output and was humorously efficient while doing so. Not only did the guard score 23 points, he did it while only taking 12 shots – making 11 of them. Wells didn’t only rely on shooting over .90 percent from the floor either. He contributed in many different ways – five boards, two assists, and a block. It was an all-around great game for the young player.
Normally, Wells doesn’t have this kind of great game. He only averages 11 points per game in his 27 minutes of action. Although, Wells has always been efficient – as in he always has shot over .50 percent from the floor. Even though this game doesn’t exactly mean that Wells has arrived as a dominant force, it’s a nice sign for the Terps to know that someone like Wells can play well-above his means from time to time.
However, it could be possible that this type of game is more of a harbinger of things to come. Despite this not being the typical Wells’ game, it doesn’t mean he can’t evolve into this type of player. If this type of play is going to become a trend, rather than a blip on the radar, Maryland just became a much more dangerous team come March.
Either way, the Terrapins have likely earned their pair of NCAA Tournament dancing shoes with the victory. If it came from the hands of an unlikely hero, so be it.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone