Dezmine Wells Commits to Maryland

ShellSession1After spending the past Saturday in College Park, Xavier transfer Dezmine Wells announced Tuesday morning via Twitter that he will attend the University of Maryland. Wells chose the Terps over Kentucky, Memphis and Oregon.

Wells was expelled from Xavier University on August 21, but an Ohio grand jury later declined to indict Wells on sexual assault charges.

After being cleared criminally, Wells began to put together a list of potential schools that he would visit, including Maryland. Wells’ initial visit was to the University of Kentucky, but the last day to add/drop classes had passed and with the NCAA already sniffing around with regards to Nerlens Noel, it was likely that any hopes of playing this school year were non-existent in Lexington. After spending two days at Kentucky, Wells and Calipari decided to go their separate ways, leaving Maryland as the heavy favorite to land his services.

Wells is expected to file a waiver with the NCAA for immediate eligibility and while some experts believe his chances of playing in the upcoming season are slim-to-none, this is uncharted waters for the NCAA, who has been known to make rulings arbitrarily in the past.

Should Wells be forced to sit out the upcoming season, he’s still a nice piece for a resurgent Maryland program in 2013-2014. The Terps already have Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz in the fold and Damonte Dodd is already committed for next year’s class. With the departures of James Padgett and Logan Aronhalt, that would put the Terps at 11 scholarship to-date for the 2013-2014 season, barring any early attrition. With the Terps as finalists for the Harrison twins as well as Roddy Peters, the addition of Dezmine Wells should have Maryland well on their way back to national prominence.

Reports: Xavier Transfer Dezmine Wells to Visit Maryland

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According to reports, former Xavier forward Dezmine Wells is strongly considering the University of Maryland and will take a visit to College Park in the very near future.

Wells was expelled by Xavier University  on August, 21 following sexual assault charges.

On Tuesday, however, Hamilton County (OH) prosecutors took their case in front of a grand jury which declined to indict Wells on the sexual assault charges brought against him. In an even more bizarre twist, the prosecutor then urged Xavier University to reconsider Wells’ expulsion in a prepared statement. The university, however, has decided to stand pat on it’s ruling and Wells is now looking to land at a new school as early as next week.

Wells, an explosive 6-5 forward, finished his freshman season at Xavier averaging 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. He was the team’s fourth-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder, recording two double-doubles last season and helping the team advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

Following the grand jury’s decision Tuesday afternoon, both Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com and Dave Telep of ESPN.com reported that Wells is scheduled to visit Maryland in the next week, along with both Louisville and Memphis.CONTINUE READING »

Team Takeover’s Taron Oliver Talks Terps

READING, Pa. – Taron ”T.J.” Oliver is yet another member of the deep and talented Team Takeover 2015 squad. Oliver is the team’s major low post presence, as a 6-foot-9 center with a quality skill set.

Like many of his teammates, Oliver was in attendance recently at Hoop Group Future All-American Camp at Albright College. At the conclusion of the camp, he was named to the Super Soph All-Star Game.

Prior to that game, he took the time to speak with Terps Insider about his game, his recruitment and more.

Oliver said he holds scholarship offers from Ohio State and South Florida to go along with interest from Virginia and Indiana.

Although he does “not really” have any favorites, there are a couple schools that he has grown up rooting for.

“Georgetown, that’s the school I always was rooting for when I grew up,” Oliver said, “and Maryland too because it’s a home team.”

Oliver talked a bit more about why he cheers for the Terrapins.

“It was just that it was a home [team] and my dad always liked Maryland, so he [has] . . . told me to go to Maryland,” Oliver said. “He always wanted me to go there.”CONTINUE READING »

Former Guard Eric Hayes Joins Maryland Staff

Former Terrapin point guard Eric Hayes announced Monday that he will be joining Mark Turgeon’s staff as a graduate assistant for the upcoming season.

The subject of Hayes joining the staff, which is sure to be popular among the Maryland faithful, was first discussed between Eric and Mark Turgeon earlier this summer. Hayes then met with Turgeon on Monday and the move became official.

“I had been talking to coach about my options,” said Hayes. “It was a perfect fit to get to coach at the school I played for.”

Hayes originally came to Maryland as a highly touted point guard, starting 11 games his freshman season. Then as a senior, Hayes, along with fellow classmate Greivis Vasquez, helped lead Maryland to a share of the ACC title in the 2009-2010 season. He finished his career as Maryland’s all-time leader in free throw percentage, fourth all-time in career assists and sixth all-time in made 3-pointers.

Hayes went on to play briefly overseas and also had a short stint in the NBDL with the Cleveland Cavaliers affiliate, the Canton Charge. Hayes believes those experiences will help him coaching at the collegiate level.

“Playing overseas and in the NBDL was a great experience,” Hayes said. “Injuries kinda cut back on what it could have been, but I think it will definitely help me as a coach.”CONTINUE READING »

Maryland Releases 2012-2013 Men’s Basketball Schedule

With various non-conference opponents, dates and times having trickled out over the last few months, the Maryland athletic department has finally released the full men’s basketball schedule for the coming 2012-2013 season.

Already known was the Terps opening opponent, the defending national champion Kentucky Wildcats, who they will play in the inaugural Barclays Classic at the new Brooklyn arena on November 14. ESPN had also already announced  the Terps matchup with Northwestern in next season’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge, which will take place on November 24.

Maryland’s full non-conference slate will feature 13 games in all, including a match up with local mid-major power George Mason in next season’s BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center on December 2.

The Terps will play 18 games in conference, including home-and-home series with Boston College, Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, North Carolina and Duke. Maryland will play early ACC favorite NC State just once, at Comcast Center on Wednesday, January 16. That game will be televised on ESPN2.

The full schedule is available after the jump.

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Franklin Howard Hoping for Big Year at Paul VI

READING, Pa. — The class of 2015 in the DMV area is absolutely loaded, and Franklin Howard is one of the very best of the bunch.

A 6-foot-4 combo guard who recently transfered from Gonzaga (DC) to Paul VI (VA), Howard has a superb all-around offensive game and is garnering a plethora of high-major interest, as he told Terps Insider while at Hoop Group Future All-American Camp.

“Right now I have offers from Villanova, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Florida, South Florida, Ohio State, Miami,” Howard said, “and interest from NC State, Kansas, and Syracuse, and Indiana.”

Howard said that Maryland is not involved at this point, but he would certainly be interested in the Terrapins if they get involved.

“Very interested,” Howard said of Maryland, “good hometown team and I would like to [potentially] go there.”

Did Howard grow up rooting for the Terps? “A little bit of both of Georgetown and Maryland,” he said, “little bit of both.”

Howard said that he knows one player on the Maryland roster, rising sophomore Nick Faust, although they have not spoken all that much.

“Not really [much conversation with him], talked to him briefly,” Howard said of Faust. “I’ve met the guy, he’s a nice dude.”

Howard also shared his thoughts on the Maryland staff, which is now entering its second season in College Park.CONTINUE READING »

Paul VI’s Kevin Dorsey Receiving Major Attention Early On

READING, Pa. — It might be tough for Kevin Dorsey to have gotten the attention he has deserved thus far. Dorsey is a stellar player, but when you play for one of the top high school teams in the nation and arguably the best AAU team in the nation, sometimes you get overshadowed by elite teammates.

A talented class of 2015 prospect, Dorsey was a freshman at Paul VI (VA) this past year for the best season in school history and one of the best in WCAC history. Meanwhile, his Team Takeover AAU squad is absolutely loaded and can compete with any U15 group in the nation.

While the 5-foot-10 point guard may not have gotten the attention that some of his other teammates have received, he is certainly still a known commodity. Dorsey was actually named to the Super Soph All-Star Game at Hoop Group Future All-American Camp recently, and while there Terps Insider had the chance to catch up with him.

“I just got an offer from Virginia Tech a few weeks ago,” Dorsey said.

Although that is the only scholarship offer he claims right now, he listed Villanova and Rutgers as schools involved in his recruitment.

Additionally, Dorsey added, “I got a letter from Virginia and a couple others I can’t remember right now.”

Dorsey also mentioned that Maryland is showing “a little bit” of interest in him right now.CONTINUE READING »