Friday, February 15, 2013
Dez Wells' long-range touch
By Matt Giles
It has been a rough month for Mark Turgeon and his Maryland coaching staff. After a hot start to the season, the Terps have been in a free-fall since mid-January, losing four of their seven games and often in blow-out fashion (a 20-point thrashing to Duke, a double-digit loss to Virginia). What is interesting about their slide, though, is how Dez Wells' game has slightly changed.
Wells was known primarily as a slasher at Xavier, a player capable of cutting through the lane and with one dribble, getting to the basket. Halfway through his sophomore slate at Maryland, Wells appears to also have refined his perimeter shooting. Last season, Wells made 37 percent of his threes; that dipped to 22 percent in Maryland's first 18 games, but as Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post notes, the wing has converted 53 percent of his threes since the Duke loss.