Maryland’s Dez Wells Gets Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Honors

Sports and Bets — November 18, 2014 at 1:13 am by


I’m glad to see the country is learning what we’ve all known for a while: Dez Wells is the man. He’s no Greivis Vasquez, and he’s no Juan Dixon, but he sure as hell has been the best player we’ve had since.

The John R. Wooden Award is given each year to the best player in college basketball, and is thought of as the highest honor in the sport. The Preseason Top 50 will be narrowed down in early January to a Midseason Top 25, which will then be cut to the nation’s top 20 players in early February, and finally a top 15, of which the winner will be elected, and then announced during the weekend of the Elite Eight. Creighton’s Doug McDermott is the most recent winner of the award, and past winners include Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and Kevin Durant.

The Big 10 Conference has six other players who received Preseason Top 50 honors.

If we’re being realistic, Wells doesn’t stand a chance of winning this award. But the Top 50 in the country is still a pretty big honor, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he made his way into the Midseason Top 25, or even beyond. I’ve been a huge fan of Dez since he transferred from Xavier, and I don’t even want to think how bad this Terps team would have been over the past several years without him. Look for big things to come from Dez Wells during his senior year at College Park.

And for the love of God can the Terps please make the tournament already?!

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