CBSsports.com reports that Dez Wells has won his appeal and is cleared to play this season at Maryland.
Dez Wells has been cleared to play this season for Maryland, source told CBSSports. Huge news for Terps.—
Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) November 07, 2012
Wells was dismissed from Xavier after a sexual assault allegation. The NCAA denied his eligibility waiver in late October, but the NCAA Division 1 Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief overturned the decision Wednesday afternoon.
Head coach Mark Turgeon released a statement about the decision.
“We’re excited for Dez because at the end of the day, the NCAA made the right decision. 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.”
Now that he is cleared to play, Wells will be a huge help to the Maryland team, having averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds as a freshman last season. Maryland opens against Kentucky this Friday at the Barclays Center.