Wells: 'I Like State'

John Wall and C.J. Leslie weren't the only big-time prospects lacing them up for Raleigh (NC) Word of God this season. Rising junior Dezmine Wells is already hearing from a host of programs and will likely play on the high-major level.

John Wall and C.J. Leslie weren't the only big-time prospects lacing them up for Raleigh (NC) Word of God this season. Rising junior Dezmine Wells is hearing from a host of programs and will likely play on the high-major level.

"I've already got an offer from South Carolina," said Wells. "I'm real excited about it. The coach came to one of my high school games and I had 25 and 15 that night. I was real excited when they offered me.

"I'm also hearing from Villanova, NC State, Baylor, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and Virginia. It's still early for me so I think some more will become involved before I have to decide."

Close friends with Wall and Leslie, Wells is familiar with the recruiting game. He's seen a teammate commit early and another wait until the last possible minute.

"I'm proud of John and real happy for him," said Wells. "I'm glad he's finally found a home... [laughing] now people will stop asking me where he's going. I knew he was going to go to Kentucky because that's where he wanted to go.

"I wasn't surprised when C.J. opened back up because he committed so early. I just think he wants to see what options he would have and go from there."

Checking in at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Wells is a big-time athlete versatile enough to play three positions on the floor. He mainly played small forward for Word of God but feels he'll be a guard on the college level. Wells is spending some time at point guard this spring with his AAU team, CP3 All-Stars. He also showcased his ability to create for others at the 2009 Carolina Challenge.

"The camp set up well for his game," wrote Scout.com's Dave Telep following his event. "An energy guy who loves to slash and draw contact, Wells got out of the gates quickly. There's a big motor in that strong body. The next step is developing a mid-range go-to-shot and expanding his ball skills."

"I did pretty good at Dave's event," said Wells. "Dave was telling me that I did everything I was supposed to do... as far as getting to basket, leading my team, and distributing the ball.

"I grew up playing point guard and was moved to the wing as I got taller. I'm really getting back to playing the point, and this is going to help get me ready for college. I've been doing good with it for my AAU team... it's a challenge but I like it because I think I'll be a combo guard in college."

CP3 All-Stars is one of the top AAU teams on the circuit. Playing alongside UNC commit Reggie Bullock, Wake Forest pledge Melvin Tabb, talented 2010 point guard Emanuel Chapman, and 2011 wing P.J. Hairston, Wells has had a strong start to the club season.

CP3 recently won the Southern Slam Fest and will be looking to take home the title this weekend at the 2009 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

"I'm ready for that event," said Wells. "It's local and we've been playing real well. I feel we have a great chance to win it. I think we can win big games against big teams in big events."

Wells is also looking to attend some college camps. He plans on attending Elite Camps at NC State, Virginia Tech, Baylor, and South Carolina. While he doesn't have a top five, Wells admits that he has an early favorite.

"No top five right now but I might have one at the end of the summer," he said. "I want to also take some more visits. I've been to ECU, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and I go to [NC] State all the time because I live right here.

"Right now my leader is probably Virginia Tech. Coach Odom is always texting my AAU coach about me and he really seems excited about recruiting me. He wants me to come up to their campus, and he wants me to attend their Elite Camp."

Another team in the mix is NC State. The Wolfpack has been recruiting Wells, but maybe not as hard as some other programs. However, he's hoping to attend their camp and land a scholarship offer.

"I like State a lot," said Wells. "But I haven't heard as much from them as the other schools. State hasn't showed as much interest, but maybe that's my fault because I haven't shown everything I can do. I look forward to going to their Elite Camp and showing what I can do... I feel like I can get a scholarship offer from them.

"I really like coach Strickland, coach Harris, and coach Lowe. They are all cool and show me a lot of love whenever I go over to State. That is one of the schools I'm definitely interested in."

Wells is in no hurry to make a decision.

"I'll probably wait until my senior year... depending on how my recruitment is going," he stated. "Then I can see what coaches are looking for from me and really go over all my options.

"'m going to be looking at how the school is and the campus. I want to see how the students like it there and I also want to see how the coaches use their guards."


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