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Xavier Transfer Dez Wells Chooses Maryland Over Oregon

After being expelled from Xavier, 6'5" forward Dez Wells has chosen Maryland as his next basketball home.

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Dez Wells has decided to come to Maryland as his transfer destination, the former Xavier forward has announced.

Wells tweeted a picture of a statement he wrote at 10 a.m., announcing he would attend Maryland. The news was reported initially by Adam Zagorla of ZagsBlog.

Wells averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in his lone season for the Musketeers and was the only starter left from the team that reached the Sweet 16 last season, but was expelled from the school amid sexual assault allegations. The 6'5 forward was never charged, and immediately became a hot recruiting commodity, drawing interest from the likes of Kentucky, Ohio State, and Louisville, but eventually narrowing his choices down to Maryland, Memphis, and Oregon. The Raleigh, N.C. native discarded Memphis before his Tuesday morning announcement, and then made it official that Maryland was his choice.

It's another big recruiting get for Mark Turgeon, who has the No. 18 class in the country set to play for him in his first season as Maryland's head coach. It's still unclear whether Wells will be eligible to play in 2012-2013, but the high-flyer will definitely contribute for Turgeon at some point down the line.

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