Friday, August 31, 2012
Dez Wells taking recruiting tour
ESPN.com news services
Dezmine Wells, the recently expelled Xavier forward who began a recruiting tour Thursday at Kentucky and continued it Friday at Memphis, will decide on a destination by Tuesday from a short list that includes Maryland and Oregon, a source told ESPN.com's Dave Telep.
Wells had added the Ducks and Buckeyes as possible considerations Friday morning, the source told Telep, before Ohio State decided against bringing Wells in.
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Kentucky was dropped from the candidates after an academic deadline passed Thursday night with Wells still unready to commit.
From Memphis, Wells will leave Saturday for Maryland before going to Oregon for visits that last five to six hours.
A grand jury rejected sexual-assault charges against Wells on Tuesday. But Xavier announced the sophomore would remain expelled from the school, saying it was standing by the University Conduct Board's decision to expel the sophomore for what it termed "a serious violation of the student code."
Wells started 32 games as a freshman last season and was the team's fourth-leading scorer while making the Atlantic 10's all-rookie team. He would have been the only returning starter for a team that reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. The forward averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds.
He was suspended for four games for his role in an on-court brawl with rival Cincinnati during the season. Wells was among four Xavier players suspended, with Cincinnati also suspending four players.
Dave Telep is ESPN.com's senior national recruiting analyst. Information from ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil and The Associated Press was used in this report.