Maryland got a big surprise today as the NCAA has ruled transfer Dez Wells eligible to play right before their game with Kentucky in the Barclays Classic on Friday.
After having his initial waiver denied on Oct. 26, the Terrapins filed an appeal with the NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief, overturning the original decision.
“We’re excited for Dez because at the end of the day, the NCAA made the right decision,” Coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. “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. This has been a long process for him and his family, and we’re grateful he can put it behind him and focus on being a student-athlete at the University of Maryland.”
Looks like Friday’s game just got a whole lot tougher for Calipari and the Wildcats.