Analyzing Maryland's 2013-14 men's basketball season player by player
With the 2013-14 season in the books, beat reporter Don Markus analyzes the ups and downs of each of Maryland's key players this season and projects what's next as they prepare for 2014-15.
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DEZ WELLS( Maddie Meyer, Getty Images / November 8, 2013 )
High points: Wells showed how dominant he can be by taking over the second halves of several games, including a career-high 33-point performance at Boston College in early December and a 21-point game against Miami when the 6-5 junior guard did not miss a shot (7 of 7 on field goals, 6 of 6 on free throws) and hit the a game-winning 3-pointer in the waning seconds.
Low points: He missed two potential game-winning shots in Maryland's first game, a one-point loss to Connecticut in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a critical layup in the season-ending loss to Florida State in the ACC tournament. Had too many slow starts and got into early foul trouble in several games. He was also often too deferential, taking just 10 shots per game.
What's ahead: While clearly Maryland's go-to player and a third-team All-ACC selection, Wells still has parts of his game that need work, primarily his ball handling (more turnovers than assists) and 3-point shooting (career-low 30.1 percent). His tough, physical style might be more successful in the Big Ten than it was in the ACC. He finished the season making 45 of his last 51 free throws and could become as effective as Keith Booth was in the low post.