Dez Wells Expelled from Xavier, Will Make Louisville Visit
Dezmine Wells, who played for Xavier University last year, was expelled last week for violating the student code of conduct of the university.
According to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports, the expulsion was related to a sexual incident. The official Xavier press release did not mention any specific incident, but did say that it was due to a “serious violation of Xavier's Code of Student Conduct.” A grand jury did not charge Wells after being presented with the sexual assault evidence earlier this week.
Wells was also one of the four Xavier players who were suspended for fighting in the Cincinnati game last December.
The 6'5” wing is now back on the market as a transfer and is planning on taking visits in the next week. Louisville, Texas and Memphis are on the list of schools he is planning on visiting, and a decision could come as quickly as next week according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
Wells was set to be the Musketeers' best returning player this season. He averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds a game last year as a freshman, was selected to the 2012 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team by the A-10 coaches and was also named 2012 Sporting News A-10 Freshman of the Year. Wells started 32 games last year and was a tremendous part of Xavier making it to the Sweet 16 in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Coming into the 2011 class, Wells was a 4-star recruit and was ranked the 13th best small forward by Scout.com. He committed to Xavier in October of 2009 as a junior in high school.
There is no denying the connections between Wells and the University of Louisville. Dez Wells attended Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, and his head basketball coach at Hargrave was current U of L assistant coach Kevin Keatts. Hargrave is also where Louisville freshman power forward Montrezll Harell attended prep school and where 2013 commits Terry Rozier and Anton Gill will be enrolled this year.
Newly appointed assistant coach Kareem Richardson came to Louisville this year from Xavier where he was one of the coaches who recruited Wells.
The question for Louisville will be where the scholarship will come from. Last week freshman Mathiang Mangok became academically eligible for the 2012-13 season and took the last known available scholarship.
Rick Pitino has always enjoyed the experience and physicality of a transfer player. Luke Hancock, who will be a co-captain this season, transferred from George Mason after the 2010-11 season. Pitino hasn't stopped praising Hancock's maturity and skills since he stepped on campus.
Wells will not be eligible to play until the 2013-14 season.
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