Xavier transfer Dezmine Wells committed to Maryland on Tuesday via his Twitter page.
Wells was expelled from Xavier last month for what it said was a “serious violation” of the school’s code of student conduct. A Cincinnati grand jury rejected criminal charges of sexual assault against Wells on Aug. 28.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder also considered Kentucky, Memphis and Oregon after his expulsion. He will have three seasons of eligibility with the Terrapins.
“The last couple weeks have been the toughest time in my life for my family and I,” Wells wrote in a Twitter post. “I’ve learned that it is a major responsibility that comes with being a student athlete at all times. I’m thankful God has blessed me with a second opportunity to continue my education. I would like to thank UK, UM, UMD and UO for their recruitment and interest in me as a student athlete. After careful consideration with my family, I’ve decided to attend the University of Maryland.”
Wells averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds and earned Atlantic 10 all-rookie team honors last season with the Musketeers. He started 32 games as Xavier went 23-13 and reached the NCAA tournament’s round of 16.
Wells is the third transfer to join the Terps this offseason, joining ex-Michigan forward Evan Smotrycz and graduate student Logan Aronhalt, who came to College Park from Albany. Before that, the last Division I transfer to join the Terps was Byron Mouton in 1999.
—- Patrick Stevens