Wells Leaves His Mark

COLLEGE PARK, Md.-- Maryland junior Dez Well talks about experiencing Cole Field House for the first time, the importance of the past, and more...

"Whenever you go somewhere, what you leave behind should be important," Maryland junior Dez Wells said following Maryland Madness Friday night.

Wells made sure when he left his mark on Cole Field House Friday night during the Terps annual Maryland Madness. During the individual player introductions, Wells jogged down the stairs and to the middle of the court, where he slowly tipped forward and planted a big wet one on center court.

"Well, I didn't lick it," Wells said. "But it was great. It was great. I don't know if I'll get a chance to be on that court again."

Wells averaged 13.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season, and emerged as the unquestioned leader of the young Maryland team. The explosive playmaker took it to the next level at the end of last season, highlighted by his 30-point performance in an upset of Duke in the ACC Tournament.

But Wells is more than just an improved basketball player this year, he is a happier one as well.

"Totally different," Turgeon said during Media Day. "I'm really proud of Dez because he has really matured. Last year Dez had.. a chip on his shoulder. He was mad a lot early, I had to talk to him to calm down. His leadership has gone to another level. His work habits, his all-about-Maryland-team has been tremendous."

After Maryland Madness Wells spoke about his appreciation of the past, and the legacy he hopes to leave behind in College Park.

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