Wells Makes His Pick

Word of God isn't just about John Wall and C.J. Leslie. The program has rolled out substantial talent the past three years. Case in point: Dezmine Wells, Scout.com's latest Top 100 recruit to make a decision.

Not too long ago, a private plane touched down at the local airport in Raleigh. Three Xavier staff members exited and headed for Word of God with the intent of sending a message to one of the nation's best junior small forwards.

Message received: Dezmine Wells is going to Xavier.

"They flew the whole staff in here last week to see Dezmine," CP3 coach Tony Edwards said. "Xavier's been out here to see Dez the most."

Offers were collected from Baylor, North Carolina State and South Carolina but it was Chris Mack's Xavier program that locked him up. To be fair, "X" has ties to the state. Both Mack and assistant Pat Kelsey are former Wake Forest staffers who have made a habit of coming back into the state they once resided.

"I feel great," Wells said. "Everything that I can ask for, they have it. They have what I need to go far and help put my family in a better situation after basketball.

"They've been honest with me from the beginning and they've been recruiting me the hardest. I'm a top priority for them. They flew all the coaches on a private jet to see me last week. They graduated 76 straight seniors and they let me know that if I get hurt there, I'll still be able to get my degree there."

Rated the No. 60 recruit in the junior class, Wells was once a promising football player. After ditching the sport in favor of basketball-only, the athletic slasher began to ascend. He's tough off the bounce, electric at the rim and plays with unbridled enthusiasm. Think Lakeem Jackson all over.

"Everybody in my circle loves them," Wells said. "My mom loves them and you know if your mom loves something there's something good about them. Everything is genuine and honest. They have the best situation for me."

Moms know best. Wells' mom "Pee Wee" was a player herself in college and now the tradition continues with her son.

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