Remember a few weeks back when the media and the coachs predicted who would finish where in ACC basketball. You may also recall that Maryland was not among the favorites, but slated for a spot somewhere near the bottom of the conference.
Well, good news Terps fans, today your hoops’ squad is a whole lot better than it was yesterday!
Yesterday, Maryland announced that the NCAA had approved the waiver appeal for Dez Wells, officially making the transfer swingman eligible for the 2012-13 season.
The Suits In Indianapolis denied Wells’ initial waiver on Oct. 26, but the Terps dove back into the administrative quagmire filing an appeal with the NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief. That committee overturned the original 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.”
Wells was the Atlantic 10 rookie of the year in 2011-12 after averaging 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. He will give the Terps a massive boost and figures to start on the wing for Turgeon’s squad in Friday’s season opener against No. 3 Kentucky in Brooklyn, N.Y.