Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
NBA Draft Ceiling: Late First Round
After a strong year at Maryland following an ugly departure from Xavier, Dez Wells is now in position to break through into NBA draft conversations.
He looked like a first-round pick at various points of last season, particularly against Duke late in the year, when he dropped 30 in an upset over the No. 2 team in the country.
Wells stands 6'5'' with a strong 215-pound frame he uses to bully defenders on the way to the rim. Unlike most scoring guards, Wells is a slasher. His first instinct is to attack his man and the hoop, as opposed to pull up on the perimeter for a jump shot.
He shot 57 percent inside the arc last season, showing the ability to finish in traffic and score in the lane.
Wells also showed off some vision and dribble creativity, averaging three assists per contest.
Given his quickness, strength and agility, Wells is nearly automatic in the open floor, whether it's hitting a driving lane or getting out on the break. He's got awesome scoring instincts around the rim, where he can finish after contact or by contorting his body.
If he can pick up his 33 percent three-point stroke and become more reliable as a shooter, Wells should have the chance at earning first-round interest. With so many 2-guards nowadays fixated on perimeter scoring, Wells can offer a team a different dimension of backcourt offense.