Xavier Basketball: Musketeers Lose Top Scorer Dezmine Wells Following Expulsion

Max RogersCorrespondent IAugust 21, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 18:  Dezmine Wells #5 of the Xavier Musketeers walks off the court after an injury in the first half against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 18, 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Xavier men’s basketball player Dezmine Wells' expulsion from the university was announced today. The Xavier University Conduct Board, which is made up of faculty, students and administrators, found the sophomore responsible for a “serious violation of the Code of Student Conduct.”

It was also noted that the punishment for a violation of this magnitude is explusion from Xavier. The University released the following statement on the matter:

While we understand there is heightened interest in this situation because it involves a student-athlete, we must reiterate that first and foremost Xavier's interest and responsibility to all of our students is to provide a quality education in a safe and nurturing environment. A serious violation of Xavier's Code of Student Conduct will not be tolerated. All Xavier students are subject to the same protections and consequences. Because of Federal privacy law restrictions, no additional comments may be made in order to protect the privacy of those involved, and to honor the integrity of the UCB process.

While it is not known exactly what that violation was at this time, CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello wrote the following statement on the matter: “Sources told CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman that his violation was related to a sexual incident. Wells was not charged with a crime, but the school made the decision to expel him.”

Xavier finished tied for third in the Atlantic 10 with St. Bonaventure this past season, behind Temple and Saint Louis. The Musketeers, who are a frequent presence at the Big Dance, lost to Baylor in this year’s Sweet 16, 75-70.

Wells averaged 9.8 points in 26.1 minutes of play last season, started in 32 games and was named to the 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference All-Rookie Team.  

The sophomore player was in place to be a big force at Xavier this coming season with the graduation of Tu Holloway and Kenny Frease, Andre Walker (graduate student) gone and the transfer of Mark Lyons to Arizona. Wells would have entered the 2012-13 season as the Xavier player with the highest point average remaining from last year's Sweet 16 team.

In addition to a solid run in the Big Dance, Xavier made headlines last season when Cincinnati's Yancy Gates, Cheikh Mbodj and Xavier's Wells were ejected following an on-court brawl, which left Frease with a bloodied face and black eye. 

With the graduation/transfer of Xavier's top scorers, the loss of Wells will likely be a major hit to the Musketeers basketball program this coming season. Xavier was last absent from the NCAA tournament in 2005, and before that 2000. The school has made a total of 23 appearances, with a 21-23 win loss record in the event. This recent turn of events will likely mean a chance for younger players, including several incoming recruits, to step up during a potential building season for the Musketeers.

No statements from Wells or Xavier Head Coach Chris Mack regarding this expulsion had been released at the time of this posting.