According to a report by Alex Prewitt, Maryland Terrapins insider for the Washington Post, the NCAA has denied transfer guard Dez Wells waiver that was necessary for him to gain eligibility to playfor the Terrapins this season.
This process has been ongoing since the day Wells decided he would transfer to the University of Maryland. It is unfortunate, though not exactly surprising, that the NCAA has ruled this way. Despite Xavier University working with Wells and the University of Maryland to help Wells gain eligibility immediately the NCAA decided against granting the sophomore guard a waiver after he was expelled from Xavier University due to allegations that were deemed not serious enough to bring formal charges.
Wells and the University of Maryland will appeal today’s ruling but to be honest with you I would not get my hopes up that there will be any different resolution passed down from the appeal. This seemed like it would be a bit of a longshot from the get go as the only saving grace for Wells and the Terps was the fact that the police decided against bringing charges against Wells and he could argue he was unjustly expelled from Xavier. Unfortunately, the NCAA did not view Wells case as one where he could gain instant eligibility after a transfer as is sometimes seen when players transfer to schools closer to home to be closer to an ailing family member, etc.
As I wrote the other day, Dez Wells is going to be a major contributor to this program once he gets his opportunity to take the floor as a Terrapin. We now know, however, that his time will not come until the 2013-2014 campaign. While this is disappointing to Terps fans everywhere as undoubtedly any Maryland basketball supporter wanted to see Wells suiting up for the team this season we can take solace in the fact that a decision has finally been made and we no longer have to speculate as to the NCAA’s decision. At the very least, the Terps should have one deep backcourt come next season.