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Maryland's Dez Wells wins appeal, will play this season for Terrapins

By Jeff Goodman | College Basketball Insider

Dez Wells has won his appeal and has been cleared to play this season at Maryland, sources told CBSSports.com.

The school issued a news release on Wednesday morning shortly after receiving the news that the NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief overturned the initial decision.

“We're excited for Dez because, at the end of the day, the NCAA made the right decision,” coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. “Our staff did an incredible job in putting this NCAA waiver appeal together on Dez's behalf. Dez has been a welcomed addition, a great teammate and has made a seamless transition in getting acclimated to our campus. This has been a long process for him and his family, and we're grateful he can put it behind him and focus on being a student-athlete at the University of Maryland.”

The Xavier transfer, who was dismissed from school after a sexual assault allegation in which a grand jury declined to prosecute, will be a huge boost for Turgeon and the Terps this season. The 6-foot-5 wing averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds as a freshman last season.

Maryland opens Friday against Kentucky at the new Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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