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NCAA clears Dez Wells to play for Terps

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NCAA clears Dez Wells to play for Terps

The University of Maryland men's basketball team received great news a few days in advance of the teams matchup against the University of Kentucky when the NCAA announced that sophomore transfer Dez Wells is immediately eligible to play.

Wells transferred to Maryland from Xavier University after being expelled following a sexual assault allegation. A grand jury declined to prosecute Wells on the charges amid controversy over how the school handled the allegations.  When Wells decided to transfer from Xavier to Maryland, the Terps asked the NCAA to waive the mandatory one-year period where transfers can practice with the team but not play in games.

The NCAA initially denied the waiver request, but Maryland appealed that decision. After considering the appeal, the NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief decided to make Wells immediately eligible for competition.

“We’re excited for Dez because at the end of the day, the NCAA made the right decision,” Maryland head 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.”

The 6'5", 215 lb. Wells, who won Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year honors during his lone year at Xavier, will fill a critical role for the Terps as a scorer with explosive athletic ability. The announcement comes at a great time for Maryland, with the matchup against the defending champion Kentucky Wildcats coming on Friday night. Wells should be able to replace some of the scoring load left vacant with the departure of last year's leading scorer Terrell Stoglin, who left the program over the summer after a rules violation.

“We’re very happy for Dez as the NCAA legislative relief process provided him with complete and fair due process,” Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson said in a statement. “Our staff was personally invested in the NCAA waiver and appeal process because it was in the best interest of our student-athlete. We’re pleased that Dez will be able to move forward and experience all the opportunities that come with being a student-athlete at the University of Maryland.”

Wells, considered the highest-rated recruit in the history of the Xavier program, averaged just under 10 points a game as a freshman at Xavier. Once news broke that Wells would leave Xavier, the recruitment process began anew. Wells selected Maryland over Kentucky, among other elite college basketball programs. Maryland assistant coach Bino Ransom, who had a relationship with Wells from his days as an assistant coach at Xavier, was instrumental in bringing Wells to Maryland.

What remains to be seen is how Wells will fit into the Terps lineup. In the teams only action so far this season, an uninspired 73-61 exhibition win over Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Maryland trotted out a starting lineup of Pe'Shon Howard, Nick Faust, Jake Layman, James Padgett and Alex Len. With Wells' talent and experience, he could immediately enter the starting lineup over the freshman Layman. 

What Terp fans do know is that the Maryland team immediately improves with the addition of Wells, a player many scouts consider to be an eventual NBA player. Coach Turgeon now has even more depth and options on a team with an opportunity in an Atlantic Coast Conference that appears to be more open than in years past.

Some basketball pundits have said that with Wells Maryland becomes an NCAA tournament team with a chance at breaking into the Top 20. The Terps now have dynamic wing players with Faust, Wells and the freshman Layman.

The frontcourt, led by the 7-foot sophomore Len and supplemented by freshmen Shaquille Cleare and Charles Mitchell, should see a little more room to operate from opposing defenses due to the speed and athleticism of Wells on the wing. Additionally, Maryland's shooters could be the recipients of collapsing defenses as Wells or Faust attack the rim, leaving open shots along the three-point line for Howard, Layman, or impressive freshman Seth Allen.

Wells also gives Turgeon another fast defender to apply pressure to the opposition. From any angle, the addition of Wells is a boost for the Terps.

The first test for Maryland will be a big one, playing No. 3 ranked Kentucky at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night. By granting Wells immediate eligibility, that game suddenly becomes much more interesting. 

 

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D.J Moore scores 3 TDs to help Maryland roll past Towson

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D.J Moore scores 3 TDs to help Maryland roll past Towson

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  -- True freshman Kasim Hill threw two touchdown passes in his starting debut, Ty Johnson ran for two long scores and Maryland cruised past in-state foe Towson 63-17 on Saturday.

D.J. Moore scored three touchdowns -- on catches of 9 and 34 yards, along with a 21-yard run -- to help the Terrapins (2-0) maintain the momentum created by their season-opening 51-41 win at Texas.

It's the first time in school history that Maryland has started with two straight 50-point games. The 63 points were the most scored by the Terps since they crushed Missouri 74-13 in 1954.

Hill took over for injured starter Tyrrell Pigrome in the third quarter against Texas and completed his only three passes. He started 8 for 8 in this one and was 13 for 16 for 163 yards before watching the fourth quarter from the sideline.

Two touchdowns by Moore and a 74-yard run by Johnson put Maryland in front 21-0 after nine minutes.

Johnson's 46-yard touchdown run in the third quarter made it 35-7 and enabled him to become the fourth player in Maryland history to reach the 100-yard mark in four straight games. He finished with 124 yards on only five carries, a whopping 24.8-yard average.

The Terrapins outscored Towson (1-1) 21-0 in the third quarter, the last TD coming on an end-around by Moore in which he broke four tackles on his way to the end zone.

Towson got both its touchdowns on passes by Ryan Stover, a redshirt freshman also making his first college start.

Stover went 21 for 36 for 210 yards and two interceptions, the first of which was taken back 75 yards for a score by Darnell Savage Jr.

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5-star PG Immanuel Quickley officially removes Maryland from list; announces top 3

5-star PG Immanuel Quickley officially removes Maryland from list; announces top 3

WATCH IMMANUEL QUICKLEY'S INTERVIEW IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE

Immanuel Quickley will not be the next Maryland Terrapins star guard.

On Wednesday night, Qthe highly touted 6-3 point guard joined Rob Carlin and Brian Mitchell on CSN's SportsTalk Live and the five-star point guard from John Carroll School in Bel Air, Md. removed the Terrapins from his remaining list of schools. 

With Maryland out, Quickley's Top 3 list consists of Kentucky, Kansas and Miami, with the Wildcats being the heavy favorites.

"I am taking Maryland off my list," Quickley told CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rob Carlin on Wednesday night. "They [Maryland] haven't contacted me as much. So it only makes sense to go forward with those three."

Communication was key for the No. 1 class of 2018 recruit in Maryland. Quickley, who is ranked in the top 15 recruits in every major recruiting service, connected with Miami because of great communication.  "Miami has a great coaching staff and I really connected with them," he told CSN's Carlin. "They brought all four coaches to meet me. I think that was a big part of it in recruiting me."

"It's big, especially with the head coach. That's who is making th sub. That who is calling the plays, stuff like that." 

Communication in the recruiting process is important to Quickley, but so is the communication during development once the player hits campus. That's what stood out about Kansas. "I think they've taken players, not even like myself, players that haven't been as talented as me and gotten them to the highest level, so I think that's been a big part of what's stood out."

As for Kentucky, it's simple. John Calipari is the best recruiter in college basketball. "You just have to sit back and smile," he said of getting his first contact from Calipari and the Wildcats coaching staff. "It definitely was cool to have coach Calipari reach out to me."

But for Maryland, it's not nearly as cool. Quickley is the latest in near-gets for Maryland. Head coach Mark Turgeon recently missed out on Prentiss Hubb and Brandon Slater.

The Terps were the lone local school on Quickley's list, and Quickley has often stated that Maryland had a hometown advantage. But Turgeon and his staff had not communicated with Quickley in recent months as much as the remaining schools on his list, so the Terps once again miss out on luring a top-flight prospect to College Park.