Maryland Basketball: Xavier Transfer Dez Wells Will Be a Terp

Matt OveringContributor IIISeptember 4, 2012

Mar 16, 2012; Greensboro, NC, USA; Xavier Musketeers guard/forward Dezmine Wells (5) looks of an open player against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the first half of the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Dez Wells has spoken. He tweeted his decision to attend the University of Maryland this fall, and should appeal for immediate eligibility. CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman says it is unlikely the NCAA will grant Wells a waiver for the 2012-13 season, however.

Wells, a stud in his only year at Xavier, averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season. He played 26 minutes per game, shot over 50 percent from the field and posted a double-double in the second round of the NCAA tournament last year.

He chose Maryland over Kentucky, Memphis and Oregon.

Bleacher Report's Ryan Satsky has a great breakdown of what Wells' recruitment means for Maryland, particularly concerning Aaron and Andrew Harrison, the star duo of the 2013 class.

If Wells is ineligible for the 2012-13 season, he'll be ready to go in 2013-14. The subsequent lack of scholarship availability that year may be enough to turn the Harrisons away.

One thing is obvious from this entire situation: Mark Turgeon can bring talent to College Park.

Turgeon may have a problem similar to what Tom Crean went through this summer. Crean hit the recruiting trail too hard and fifth-year senior Matt Roth was the odd man out.

Could Turgeon face the same fate in 2013? 

With Wells on board, it is a very real possibility. Most recruiting services put the Terrapins right beside Kentucky for the Harrison twins' services. 

Turgeon is putting Maryland back on the map—and fast. Wells' addition solidifies the Terps as contenders in the upcoming seasons.