The way Dez Wells played in a couple of preseason scrimmages, you got the feeling that the transfer from Xavier was going to immediately become Maryland's go-to guy after regaining his eligibility two days before the season opener against Kentucky.
After all, Wells had been one of the best freshmen in the Atlantic 10 last season while playing for the Musketeers. He gives the Terps a slashing guard who can shoot and pass off the dribble, and he's strong in traffic.
But Wells has shown only flashes in Maryland's first two games.
Turgeon believes it could be because Wells didn't expect to be declared eligible after an appeal by Maryland. (He transferred after being expelled from Xavier because of a sexual assault charge that the grand jury chose not to pursue.)
"We were trying to get him eligible, and it was just like, 'Wow, we're eligible?'," Turgeon said Thursday. "I think he's just getting his arms around that. I think he was practicing hard and doing all that, but never really thinking 'I'm going to play this year.' I thought he was much like Dez Monday night [against Morehead State] than he was against Kentucky, and he still wasn't where he's going to be. I expect him to be better Friday night than the first two games."
Wells has scored eight points in each of the first two games. He was 2 of 12 from the floor against Kentucky, 3 of 6 against Morehead State. But he's had seven assists and seems to be a willing passer, especially after drawing extra defenders.
It's going to be interesting to see if Wells can break out in one of these early-season games such as the one Maryland plays tonight against LIU Brooklyn, given that the Blackbirds like to get up and down the court and don't play defense nearly as well as Kentucky.