Former Xavier swingman Dezmine Wells transfers to Maryland
The 20-year-old Dezmine Wells announced his transfer to Maryland through twitter on Tuesday.
"The last couple of weeks have been the toughest time in my life for my family and I," Dezmine Wells later conveyed through a press release. "I've learned that it is a major responsibility that comes with being a student-athlete at all times.”
The source of Dezmine Wells’ expulsion later turned out to be sexual assault allegations which remained unproven infront of a grand jury last week.
“I'm thankful God has blessed me with a second opportunity to continue my education,” added Dezmine Wells.
The expulsion followed a series of official visits to other school’s ready to take-on the former Xavier swingman. With three years of eligibility remaining, Dezmine Wells actively searched for the perfect fit, visiting Kentucky, Oregon, Memphis and Maryland starting from Thursday till last night, on Monday.
But even after enrolling with Maryland, Dezmine Wells will not be able to immediately pick-up his college basketball career, due to NCAA rules that require transferring students to sit out one year before joining their team for the next season. So, Dezmine Wells will be required to write a petition to the NCAA, waiving the one year hold and granting him immediate eligibility.
The petition can play out two ways – either he will be approved to immediately play with the team or be forced to sit out the season.
For a short while back, the 6-foot-5 Dezmine Wells hoped to be reinstated by Xavier so he could return to play for the Musketeers after the a Hamilton County grand jury declined to indict him on the charges.
“The Grand Jury declined to charge Dezmine Wells with any criminal offense,” said Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters in an official statement after the court decision. “. I would sincerely hope the institution would revisit this situation.”
But Xavier found enough evidence in its own internal investigation to uphold the suspension claiming to have heard supporting evidence that "may or may not have been heard by the Grand Jury.”
Even the prosecution was forced to label the decision as "seriously flawed" and “fundamentally unfair” considering the insignificant amount of evidence against Dezmine Wells.
Dezmine Wells’ attorney Merlyn Shiverdecker claimed his client was “thrown under the bus” by the “self-serving gobbledygook" of Xavier University.
Now the All-Atlantic 10 rookie selection for last season, Dezmine Wells will join the one of the highest-rated recruiting classes in the nation to form potential tournament contenders, with the team built around center Shaquille Cleare and the workhorse of the offense, small forward Jake Layman.
The Maryland Terrapins hosts two other transfers this year, former Michigan forward Evan Smotrycz and Logan Aronhalt form Albany.
Dezmine Wells will be joining Maryland after posting 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, becoming the Xavier’s fourth leading-scorer last season. With Dezmine Wells starting 32 games as a freshman, Xavier had a 23-13 record season and even reached the NCAA tournament's round of 16.