This offseason has not been a pleasant one for the Maryland men’s basketball program.
However, there is finally some good publicity surrounding Mark Turgeon’s group. CBS Atlanta’s DeShaun Tate posted his top five small forwards in the country, and Terrapins guard Dez Wells made the list.
Tate ranked Wells fourth out of his five selections. Brendan Dawson (Michigan State), LeBryan Nash (Oklahoma State), and Treveon Graham (Virginia Commonwealth) appeared in front of Wells in that order.
Ironically, Maryland fans will get a closer look at Nash and Dawson when the Terps face the Cowboys and Spartans this coming season.
Of Wells, Tate said “Unfortunately, a second-tier traditional program that has underachieved success in recent years has steam coming out of the ears of Terps fans in College Park. The ultimate fearless competitor in Wells leaves optimism for a team making it’s rookie debut in the Big Ten Conference this season. His shooting touch from the field and charity stripe are his bread and butter.”
Since arriving in College Park, Wells has been the leader of the team, and could finally be primed to make a big leap forward. During the 2013-2014 season, the Raleigh native averaged 14.9 points-per-game to go along with 4.3 rebounds-per-game and 2.2 assists-per-game. As Tate said, Wells excelled shooting the basketball, burying baskets at a 48.1 percent clip.
The only part of his game that Wells needs to improve is his turnovers. The senior guard turned the ball over 2.5 times per contest last season. That’s not good, considering that Maryland struggles with turnovers to begin with.
This ranking is certainly valid, and could end up holding a lot of credibility when the 2014-2015 season wraps up. Wells is arguably one of the biggest pieces that could be the difference between the Terps going dancing or sitting at home/settling for the NIT.