One of the more unique players on the wing is now off the board. Word of God Academy's Dezmine Wells decided to end his recruitment on Thursday when he publically announced his intention to head to the Midwest to play his college basketball.
The Xavier Musketeers have made it a focus to get involved in the state of North Carolina. In the 2010 class they locked down the services of Jay Canty, and mined the state again in the 2011 class with the commitment of Wells.
Wells, who is rated as the number 59 prospect by Rivals.com, took a recent unofficial visit to Xavier. The visit was a success for Wells and the Musketeers, and after the entire staff went down to see him in an open gym, the athletic wing knew it was time to pull the trigger.
"Just them showing how much they really want me," Wells explained about Xavier." They made me feel like I was a part of the family. They were really honest with me and didn't promise me anything. They were just real up front. They told me that if I had an injury god forbid, I would still get my degree. That was a big thing for me because my mom has always made me value education. Academically and athletically Xavier offered me everything I needed."
To go along with Xavier, Wells also received offers from NC State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Miami, Illinois, Boston College, and others. However in the end Xavier was just the right spot for him.
"I was being recruited by a lot of great coaches," said Wells about his offer list. "It is very humbling to be at that level, but Xavier is the best fit for me,"
Even though the decision came early, Wells is confident with the choice he made. "I'm just real excited to be a Xavier Musketeer. This was a big decision, one of the biggest in my life, and I wanted to take a mature approach to my recruitment. I really feel that Xavier is right for me."