Baltimore, MD, United States (4E Sports) – The NCAA approved Dez Wells’ waiver appeal to play immediately for Maryland this season.
Wells’ previous request for eligibility had been denied by the NCAA. The Terrapins then filed an appeal with the NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief, overturning the original decision.
The 6-foot-5 Wells was expelled from Xavier as a result of sexual assault charges that were deemed unworthy of prosecution by a grand jury.
Before his dismissal, Wells was an All-Atlantic 10 rookie selection and Xavier’s top returning scorer at 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds a game. He started 32 games as a freshman for the Musketeers.
“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,” said basketball coach Mark Turgeon.