The Wells saga continues, and now it will continue away from the campus of UK. Numerous blogs and sites were ablaze with the news that Wells was at UK and was seemingly certain that he would give Kentucky a verbal commitment before leaving. Now that he has left campus, that likelyhood is dwindling like sand in the hour glass. Wells really needed to be enrolled with the university by Friday to be in class and become part of the team for this upcoming season. Now that he is on his way to Memphis, he may become another kind of cat wearing the blue and white.
Wells has recently applied for a waiver by the NCAA to allow him to avoid the transfer rule and play this upcoming season. The NCAA is unlikely to grant the waiver because of the fact that Xavier expelled him from their university. The rule suggests that circumstances beyond the control of the student-athlete would make the waiver applicable to wherever the player decided to play his next year of college. Is it possible? I believe the possibility is there because of Wells’ exoneration, and the negative backlash towards Xavier for dismissing him in such a drastic fashion. However, it is still not likely.
With the addition of Kentucky, Wells also was considering Louisville, Memphis, and Maryland. Late last night, Louisville made a public statement saying they would not be considering Dez Wells anymore. Wells may have been shy about pulling the trigger with UK because of the lack of playing time he would recieve. He would be a key player but maybe not a starter, especially if he had to play with a (seemingly) dynamite 2013 recruiting class.
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