Maryland guard Dez Wells doesn’t need to be a passer for the Terrapins to be a threat to the upper-echelon ACC teams. Wells has finally strung together some positive outings and recorded a career-high 33 points against Boston College Thursday. Wells shot 12-of-18 from the field and was completely unstoppable.
Wells did this while not recording a single assist. Some may find this to be a negative, but considering he looked too concerned with being a playmaker earlier this season, it seems like he has finally decided to just play the way he sees fit. Wells is possibly the best scorer in the conference and if he can focus on just that, Maryland could spring some upsets and make a trip to the NCAA tournament.
Wells’ effort against Boston College needs to translate when the Terps take on tougher ACC foes. The Eagles had struggled going into the game and had Wells played poorly, that would have been a bigger surprise than what he ended up doing. He needs to have this kind of score-first mentality in every game. He is too talented of a scorer to be as passive as he was earlier this season.
He did show he could be a threat when he took home the Paradise Jam MVP, but Maryland subsequently was destroyed by Ohio State and lost to George Washington. Wells only scored 16 points against GW and only took 14 shots. If anything emphasizes his importance to the offense, it is numbers like that.
Wells has to be more selfish. He should always be the team leader in shots, and his scoring average needs to hover around 20 points from here on out. Maryland has a good roster and he needs to be the face of it. If he falls back into more of a passing guard, the Terps will not be a serious contender for an NCAA tournament spot.