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Key transfer to Maryland cleared to play this season

Dez Wells, who transferred to Maryland after being expelled at Xavier, was granted an eligibility waiver by an NCAA subcommittee and can play for the Terrapins right away, the school announced.

The sophomore wingman, who averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds for Xavier last season and was the Atlantic 10 freshman of the year, was expelled over allegations of sexual assault. But an Ohio grand jury declined to prosecute, and Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters called Xavier's procedure "severely flawed."

After Wells' transfer, the Terps asked the NCAA to waive the mandatory one-year period where transfers can practice but not play in games.

The NCAA initially denied the request, but Maryland appealed, and the NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief decided to make Wells immediately eligible.

"We're excited for Dez, because at the end of the day, the NCAA made the right decision," said coach Mark Turgeon, according to the university's website. "Our staff did an incredible job in putting this NCAA waiver appeal together on Dez's behalf. Dez has been a welcomed addition, a great teammate, and has made a seamless transition in getting acclimated to our campus."

BOSTON COLLEGE: Sophomore guard Jordan Daniels, who started 25 games last season, will transfer.

MISSOURI: Senior guard Michael Dixon remains suspended and will not play in the team's regular-season opener Saturday against Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Coach Frank Haith did not provide further details. Senior guard Keion Bell, who missed the second exhibition with a bout of pneumonia, will return Saturday.

TENNESSEE: The team expects to open the season without senior forward Jeronne Maymon, who had a setback from offseason knee surgery about two weeks ago. "I don't have an exact timetable, but I know he won't be ready for the first game," coach Cuonzo Martin told the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

TEXAS TECH: Athletic director Kirby Hocutt said the NCAA accepted the school's self-imposed penalties after ex-coach Billy Gillispie exceeded limits on practice time last fall. Hocutt reprimanded Gillispie in January.

VILLANOVA: Sophomore guard Ty Johnson will transfer, the school announced.

Key transfer to Maryland cleared to play this season 11/07/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 9:08pm]
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