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NCAA denies Dez Wells’s request for waiver; Maryland will appeal

Dez Wells was the Atlantic 10 rookie of the year at Xavier last season. (Getty Images)

The NCAA has denied Maryland’s request to waive the usual transfer rules in the case of  swingman Dez Wells.

An athletics spokesman said Maryland plans to file an appeal.

This means that Wells and the Terrapins will have to continue to wait while the NCAA evaluates the appeal. If the decision stands, Wells will have to sit out the 2012-13 season per NCAA transfer rules.

Wells made the Atlantic 10 all-rookie team last season after averaging 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. He transferred from Xavier after getting expelled amid sexual assault allegations that a grand jury deemed unworthy of prosecution. The athletic and versatile wing put on a show during the Terps’ open scrimmage last weekend, making all seven of his shot attempts including multiple transition dunks.

According to the NCAA’s Web site, waiver requests such as the one Maryland submitted for Wells are first reviewed by the legislative relief waiver team at the NCAA’s national office. After the initial decision is made, a school can appeal to the five-member Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief, which will issue the final ruling.

 Wells remained optimistic Friday on his Twitter feed. “Don’t worry, God will make a way!! I trust him,” he wrote.

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