Dez Wells Finally Comes Through For Maryland

By Gregory Philson

Dez Wells is probably the most disappointing player in the ACC if not the entire country this season. Wells had a fantastic sophomore campaign for Maryland where he averaged 13 points per game and was considered an All-American in many preseason previews.

Wells did not play up to the hype for much of the season. Sure, he won the Paradise Jam MVP, but there was a not a great challenger in the mix. Wells, before his excellent outing Wednesday against Miami, had been averaging just slightly more than 14 points per game and did not shoot enough despite being such an outstanding talent.

He finally turned it up against the Hurricanes after sitting much of the first-half with fouls. The junior guard went off for all 21 of his points in the second-half on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the field with a late tie-breaking three-pointer mixed in.

Wells may have been given a little leeway earlier this season when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon wanted to move the shooting guard to the point guard position since the Terrapins did not have a true presence there. It did not work out, and Wells was uncomfortable in the role. He isn’t a gifted passer and his talents were wasted in that role. Wells was definitely forgotten after his mediocre start to the season, and rightfully so. Maryland will not make the NCAA tournament and will probably be dismissed early in the ACC tournament. Wells will quickly be an afterthought when March comes around.

Wednesday’s effort will not turn anyone completely around on Wells’ junior year, but it was great to see someone with that much talent actually match some of the hype he was given before the season started.

Gregory T. Philson is an ACC college basketball writer at Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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