Dez Wells was one of the notable names not called during Thursday’s NBA draft, but the Washington Wizards scooped up the former Maryland standout for their summer league team, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Wells, 23, was considered a borderline second-round pick and worked out for the Wizards on June 11. The athletic 6-foot-4 guard boasts a 6-foot-9 wingspan and outstanding strength at 210 pounds. He transferred to Maryland after a season at Xavier and averaged 15.1 points per game his senior campaign, helping lead the Terrapins to their first NCAA tournament in five years.
Wells is uniquely familiar with the Wizards. He grew up with Washington point guard John Wall in Raleigh, North Carolina. The two were teammates at Word of God Academy for three seasons and remain close friends. Whether he sticks around to be Wall’s teammate again come the regular season remains to be seen.