Maryland: Wells named to ACC third-team

Dez Wells leads Maryland into the ACC tournament as the team's top scorer at 14.8 points per game, and the junior also has the most assists and blocks for the Terrapins.

Wells will bring something else with him to Greensboro, N.C., this week. The swingman earned a spot on the all-Atlantic Coast Conference team, which was announced Monday.

Wells is one of five players on the third-team, and the second Maryland selection during coach Mark Turgeon's three-year tenure.

Wells is averaging 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.8 blocks this year along with his scoring, which is 10th best in the ACC.

"He's been my most consistent, best player throughout," Turgeon said during the ACC coaches teleconference Monday.

"Dez has got a lot more to do here in his time, but he has been our most consistent player to this point. There's been times where he puts us on his back."

Wells opened the ACC regular season with a career-high 33 points at Boston College Dec. 12, and he has scored in double digits 16 times in 18 conference games.

Wells scored 14 of his 18 points (5 for 7 shooting) in the second half during Sunday's 75-69 overtime win over No. 5 Virginia, which snapped the Cavaliers' 13-game winning streak and gave Maryland a victory in its final ACC game in College Park.

"He's been our best road player, most of the time our best big-game player," Turgeon said.

Maryland (17-14) faces Florida State (18-12) Thursday at noon in an ACC tournament second-round matchup, with the winner advancing to Friday's quarterfinals against top-seeded Virginia (25-6).

Wells said he thinks Sunday's win can propel Maryland into next weekend, and he was happy to close out the regular season - and the Terps' ACC history book - with an exciting victory.

"The atmosphere was really good for us. It made it a really tough game for Virginia," Wells said Sunday. "They're a really good team on the road and at home, and for us to win our last ACC game at home is a pretty cool thing to be a part of."

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