Former Xavier forward was the 2012 Sporting News A-10 Freshman of the Year
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former Xavier forward Dezmine Wells has signed a financial-aid agreement and been admitted to the University of Maryland, men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced Friday.
A native of Raleigh, N.C., Wells was named the Sporting News Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year after averaging 9.8 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game during the 2011-12 season. He will enroll in classes this fall and have three years of eligibility remaining.
“I have followed Dez for the past three years and I know he will be a good student-athlete and teammate,” said Turgeon. “[Assistant coach] Bino Ranson was very active in his recruitment at Xavier and has also built a strong relationship with Dez over the past several years. This is a new beginning and a fresh start for Dez at Maryland and were looking forward to him joining us on campus.
“As a player, he is an athletic and powerful wing who can score in a variety of ways. He is also an excellent individual and team defender. Dez has experience playing in the postseason, which will help show our young players what it takes to reach that level of success.”
Wells started 32 games for the Musketeers last season and shot 50.4 percent from the field, including a 37.7 percent from beyond the 3-point line. In the NCAA Tournament Wells helped Xavier advance to the Sweet Sixteen, with his best game coming in the second round against Notre Dame when he had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
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