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Dez Wells to Maryland: Xavier Basketball Star Transfers to Terrapins

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 23:  Dezmine Wells #5 of the Xavier Musketeers reacts against the Baylor Bears during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on March 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2012

The Dez Wells recruiting tour is over, and the controversial former Xavier Musketeers guard will transfer to Maryland, Wells announced on Twitter.

Click to see where I'll attend

— Dez Wells (@DezWells_5) September 4, 2012

Wells, a sophomore who was expelled by Xavier in late August for conduct issues, was also considering Maryland, Oregon, Kentucky and Memphis. 

Though there is no denying the young sophomore's talent, his arrival will not come without controversy. 

According to CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello, Wells' violation that led to his expulsion was sexual in nature. While the young guard was not charged with a crime, the school felt strongly enough about the situation to expel the sophomore star.

Via CBS Sports:

Sources told'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.

“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,” the school said in a press release. “A serious violation of Xavier's Code of Student Conduct will not be tolerated.”

And this is not Wells' first run-in with questionable behavior. As a freshman, Wells was one of four Xavier players suspended following an ugly on-court fight with Cincinnati Bearcats players. 

Undoubtedly, these character questions mean a short leash for Wells at Maryland. But if he keeps his nose clean, he will be an invaluable addition to the squad.

As a freshman, Wells was named to the Atlantic 10's all-rookie team and was vital to Chris Mack's Sweet 16 team. The 20-year-old guard was the team's fourth-leading scorer, putting in 9.8 points per-game while also adding 4.8 rebounds a night.

Boosting the backcourt, Wells could be the difference between a deep NCAA tournament run and a disappointing season. 

For Wells, this situation should be viewed as a second lease on his basketball life. He needs to move on, put the character issues in the past and concentrate on harnessing his amazing talents.

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