According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, Louisville along with Memphis and Texas could be the landing spot for Xavier transfer Dez Wells. The6-foot-5 guard was expelled from Xavier on Aug. 21 due to “a serious violation of the Code of Student Conduct.” It was later revealed that Wells was involved in a sexual assault incident that led to a police investigation. A week after being expelled from the school, Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters put out a press release saying that no criminal charges would be filed against Wells.
Wells was entering his sophomore season at Xavier. He was a 2012 Atlantic-10 All-Rookie Team selection in 2011-12. He averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 26.1 minutes per game for the Musketeers. I assume Wells would have to sit out for a season due to the NCAA’s transfer rule. I doubt that there is a loophole that would make him immediately eligible considering he was expelled.
Louisville doesn’t currently have any scholarships available for Wells, but there is definitely a connection between the two. Wells played his final high school season at Hargrave Military Academy for Kevin Keatts, who is now the lead assistant coach at Louisville. Rick Pitino’s newest assistant coach, Kareem Richardson, was an assistant at Xavier last season during Wells freshman year.