Posted: Aug 30, 2012 6:34 PM by Kyle Scott
Updated: Aug 30, 2012 6:35 PM
The recruitment of athletes, in any sport, can sometimes be a process that takes years -- coaches like to get to know the player and visa versa.
Then you have the Dez Wells situation.
The sophomore forward was expelled from Xavier on August 21 for "a serious violation of the Code of Student Conduct," according to a school statement. The violation was a result of a fellow student accusing Wells of rape. Wells said the incident was consensual and ultimately, the Ohio grand jury declined to indict Wells on any charges. Still, Xavier stood by their decision to part ways with Wells.
With that, Chris Mack and the Musketeers are without one of their best players and Wells is looking for a new school to attend. Louisville, Memphis, and Maryland were originally his top three schools to visit, with the Cardinals being the front-runner. However, Louisville doesn't have a scholarship to offer.
Enter John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats. On Wednesday, August 29 Wells made the trip to Lexington instead of Louisville.
"I was a little surprised," Fox Sports recruiting analyst, Evan Daniels admitted. "Kentucky got involved late ... but I think they're in really strong position to land Dez Wells. I'm not saying they're going to land him, but if i was going to classify someone as a 'favorite' I would probably say Kentucky is the favorite for Dez Wells."
Daniels added that Wells could commit as soon as tonight, but expects a decision will be made as soon as next week after Wells visits Memphis and Maryland.
After Wells decides what school to attend, he'll have to address the NCAA regarding eligibility for the upcoming season.