Does Maryland's Dez Wells Make the Terrapins the ACC's Most Interesting Team?

Doug BrodessCorrespondent INovember 7, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 23:  Dezmine Wells #5 of the Xavier Musketeers reacts in the second half of their 70 to 75  loss to 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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Dez Wells will play this season for Maryland after an NCAA subcommittee granted him a waiver from having to sit out the 2012-13 season as a transfer, according to Dan Markus of the Baltimore Sun.

Wells was expelled from Xavier in August for violating the code of student conduct. He initially faced sexual assault charges, but the charges were later dropped because Hamilton County (OH) prosecuting attorney Joe Deters said that Wells was denied due process.

Wells is a powerful (6'5" 215 lbs) wing who has no trouble getting his shots. Last year as a freshman at Xavier, he averaged 9.6 PPG and 4.9 RPG.

He gives Terps coach Mark Turgeon one more explosive perimeter player, joining 6'3 PG Pe'Shon Howard and 6'6" wing Nick Faust.

Once they get a chance to jell, this trio could be trouble for Maryland's opponents.

When you combine this extreme backcourt talent with a huge frontcourt made up of 7'1" sophomore center Alex Len, 6'8" senior James Padgett and 6'9" 270-lbs freshman Shaquille Cleare, all of a sudden, Turgeon's Terps could emerge as the most intriguing team in the ACC.

Skills, size, swagger—it's all there, ready to be blended into a hard-nosed squad that won't likely back down from anyone. 

The fun begins this Friday against Kentucky at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.