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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 09/04/2012

Dez Wells picks Maryland

Dez Wells has chosen his new home.

The former Xavier forward, who would have been the Musketeers’ leading returning scorer had he remained in Cincinnati, announced via Twitter on Tuesday morning that he has chosen to attend Maryland. Wells was deciding between Maryland, Oregon and Memphis.

Here’s his message:


The decision was unsurprising. A source told The Post on Sunday night that the excitement Wells showed upon his Saturday visit to College Park, enthusiasm that was publicly absent during his visits to Oregon and Memphis, provided ample evidence of his impending choice.

Now that Wells has made his decision, the question remains as to whether he will be eligible to play this season. Maryland will have to file a request to the NCAA to waive the two semesters of ineligibility mandated by the NCAA’s transfer laws, something a Terps source told The Post that Maryland plans to do. No matter the NCAA’s decision, Wells will have three years of eligibility remaining after playing just his freshman season at Xavier.

According to former NCAA compliance officer John Infante — who runs the Bylaw Blog and works as an NCAA expert for Athnet, a recruitment consulting organization — Maryland will file a request for an exemption on Wells’s behalf.

“The compliance office will gather up the documents, get a statement from him, try and get Xavier to support the waiver, then they file that with the NCAA,” Infante said in an e-mail.”Once you have all the documents in place, it typically takes about three weeks to get a decision.

Xavier expelled Wells for what it called a “serious violation” of the school’s code of student conduct. But a grand jury in Hamilton County, Ohio, refused to take the matter to trial. The prosecutor on the case also questioned Xavier’s decision to expel Wells, calling the school’s judicial process “seriously flawed.”

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