|Wells will likely have to sit this upcoming year, but should be a boon to the Terps in 2013. (Getty Images)|
Dez Wells is headed to Maryland.
The former Xavier wing, who was kicked out of school last month following a sexual assault allegation, chose the Terps over Memphis, Oregon and Kentucky.
He made the decision via Twitter this morning.
"The last couple of weeks have been the toughest time in my life for my family and I," Wells said. "I've learned that it is a major responsibility that comes with being a student athlete at all times. I'm thankful that God has blessed me with a second opportunity to continue my education."
It's still unclear whether the 6-foot-5 sophomore will receive a waiver to play this season for Mark Turgeon, but sources told CBSSports.com it's likely he'll have to sit out this season and have three years left starting in 2013-14.
Wells is a huge addition for a Terps program trying to get back to national relevance. He may not be a star, but he's one of those guys that does a little bit of everything: He can score, he brings toughness to the table, he can rebound his position, defend and also should provide leadership.
The Terps lost Terrell Stoglin this past offseason due to off-court issues, but Turgeon has clearly upgraded the talent in College Park since he took over a little more than a year ago. He's added a strong freshmen class this season led by forward Jake Layman and big man Shaq Cleare. He's also got an improving big man in Alex Len -- as well as guards Pe'Shon Howard and Nick Faust. Maryland will also have Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz eligible next season.
That's certainly a roster that can make some noise in the ACC.
The Terps are also heavily involved -- and will likely battle Kentucky for the Harrison Twins, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, two of the elite players in the Class of 2013.