NCAA denies Dez Wells waiver; Maryland plans to appeal
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon told CBSSports.com that Dez Wells has been denied his waiver request by the NCAA, and the school plans to file an appeal. If Wells is allowed to play this season, the Terps should be a lock NCAA-tournament team. If not, they could be NIT-bound.
|Maryland will appeal, but probably for naught, as Dez Wells will sit as a redshirt transfer this year. (Getty Images)|
Wells was kicked out of Xavier after a sexual-assault allegation in which a grand jury declined to prosecute. He then chose the Terps and was hoping to receive a waiver from the NCAA so that he didn't have to sit out this season. However, sources told CBSSports.com all along that Wells receiving a waiver was unlikely.
The 6-foot-5 Wells, a sophomore, would be a huge addition to Turgeon's team for this season. Maryland added a group of talented freshmen -- Shaq Cleare, Jake Layman, Charles Mitchell and Seth Allen -- to go along with holdovers Nick Faust, Alex Len and Pe'Shon Howard.
With Wells, the Terps would have a chance to contend for one of the top spots in the league. He's a tough, hard-nosed wing who does a little bit of everything. Wells averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 boards as a freshman last season.
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