Dez Wells to Play for Wizards Summer League Team


Mar 3, 2015; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard/forward Dez Wells (44) drives to the basket during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

After the 2015 NBA Draft came to a close on Thursday night, there were a number of notable names that were left uncalled. One of those names was Terps guard/forward Dez Wells. However, many of the talented players who do not get drafted eventually get picked up by teams to play on their summer league teams. This was no different for Wells, as he will join the Washington Wizards in the 2015 NBA Summer League.

Following a senior season when Wells averaged 15.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game, the Terps standout was projected as a borderline second-round pick. That did not happen though, so now Wells must prove that he deserves to be on an NBA roster.

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Wells does have a connection with the Wizards. He is close friends with Wizards star point guard John Wall, having grown up together in North Carolina and played for the same high school team at Word of God Academy. It would be pretty neat to see Wells and Wall become teammates once again in Washington.

Wells will have his work cut out for him, however, as making an NBA roster is a difficult task, with only 15 players on any given roster, 12 of which are on the active roster. This is a guy who has battled adversity over the course of his career, so this is just another obstacle Wells needs to overcome.

He will need to continue to do what he’s done to get here. Wells is the type of player who has made a living with his scoring ability and his adeptness at attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line. Wells is great in the open floor because he gets to show off his skills with the basketball, as well as his athletic ability.

Wells loves the game of basketball and his game should only continue to improve, so he definitely should have a shot to make an NBA roster. He has the skill and the intangibles, so if he plays his game, the scouts will take notice.

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