SportingNews.com reported yesterday that former Xavier standout Dez Wells has eliminated Kentucky from his list of transfer options. He is still considering Ohio State, Memphis, Maryland, Oregon and N.C. State as possible destinations.
Part of what may have made Wells shy away from a commitment to the Wildcats was the quick time table that the decision would have required. In an interview with Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader, University of Kentucky spokesman Jay Blanton explained that Wells would need to enroll in classes almost immediately to be eligible to play next season.
While Wells would have definitely made an immediate impact at the small forward/guard position, the university and Coach Calipari may have dodged a PR headache due to the sexual assault charge that was recently thrown out against the freshman. Fair or not, a charge like that tends to have lasting ramifications against someone's reputation, even if he is completely innocent. And even if the charges were false (which seems more and more to be the case as details about the incident emerge), the particulars of the situation that got Wells into all of this (per SportingNews.com again) are still pretty unsavory.
The Wildcats will still be an incredible team this season, even without Wells...and if it's any consolation to the Big Blue Nation, it looks like he's crossed Louisville off his list, as well.
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