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44 - Dez Wells

6-4, 210 Shooting Guard
Maryland Senior
Birthday
04/15/92 (28.4 yrs)
Hometown
Raleigh, NC
High School
Hargrave Military
Team Site Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
8
Size
7
Defense
8
Strength
8
Quickness
8
Leadership
7
Jump Shot
8
NBA Ready
8
Ball Handling
7
Potential
6
Passing
6
Intangibles
7
88 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Rickey Paulding

Strengths: A terrific athlete, with a very high basketball IQ …  Has a very good feel for the game and is a proven winner on the High School and collegiate level … Determined kid. Very physical at 6’4 and 221 pounds and not afraid to initiate contact, while finishing in traffic with either hand or a powerful dunk … Strength and toughness allows him to play physical and absorb contact at the rim … He’s a versatile guard that could defend both guard positions with his speed and defensive prowess … Plays with a big heart … He is a hard worker that improved his 3-point shot from 30% to 51% his senior year … He’s a very serviceable catch and shoot player that prefers to operate in transition to get to the rim or kick to his teammates for open jump shots … Often plays above the rim and can bully his way to the rim when needed with his strong upper body, which he often uses to secure rebounds in traffic … I would categorize Wells as a slasher … Shows the ability to clamp down on defense and cause havoc …  His 6’9 wingspan is 5 inches longer than his height … In his junior year he moved primarily to point guard due to Maryland’s difficulty at the position and handled the change surprisingly smoothly … Desite being a senior, he still displays a lot of potential … Could develop into a valuable role player that can provide leadership off the bench …

Weaknesses:  He’s got good length, but at 6’4 is undersized playing on the wing … He is not a specialist; he does everything well but nothing great … His ball handling could improve and become tighter, despite having spent a year at the PG position … ISO game could become better in the half court setting, although it doesn’t currently limit his ability to initiate offense, drive, or create for others … Consistency on his jump shot can also be improved, he needs to extend his range to the NBA 3 point line and master his mid-range pull-up … Due to his age, recently turned 23, some may question his ability to improve and how much upside he has left to develop …

Overall: Wells’ workouts will be vital in his draft stock as he will have a chance to move into the second round  … The NBA game is tailored for a physical and tough player like Wells, who doesn’t mind contact …  If Wells can tighten his handle and become more consistent from the perimeter, it will increase his chances of sticking in the league … Wells was featured on a top 5 nationally ranked high school team his sophomore year in Raleigh, NC where he was a starter alongside John Wall (Wizards) and four other future Division 1 basketball players and remains a close friend of  Wall …

Notes: Wells, is a stat sheet stuffer as he averaged 15.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.8 apg, 3.3 to, 46.4 fg %, 80.6 ft%, and 51  during his senior campaign at University of Maryland … Measured 6’4 (in shoes) 221 lbs, with a 6’8.5 wingspan at the 2014 Kevin Durant Skills Academy …

Brandon Moore 4/17/15

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