Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 8/21/12
A season of change for Xavier basketball has taken another unexpected turn as high-flying sophomore Dez Wells has been expelled from the school. A school press release said Wells was responsible for a "serious violation" of the code of student conduct. While we understand there is heightened interest in this situation because it involves a student-athlete, we must reiterate that first and foremost Xaviers interest and responsibility to all of our students is to provide a quality education in a safe and nurturing environment," the release said. A serious violation of Xaviers Code of Student Conduct will not be tolerated. All Xavier students are subject to the same protections and consequences. At full strength last year, Xavier started three seniors, junior guard Mark Lyons and Wells. Lyons was essentially asked not to return and transferred to Arizona for his final college basketball season. Wells would have been Xavier's leading returning scorer. He averaged 9.8 points per game last year and has the kind of talent that could have seen that number leap significantly this season. Wells' departure leaves Travis Taylor as Xavier's leading returning scorer at 4.5 points per game and puts more pressure on a highly-touted freshman class to produce right away this season. Xavier has advanced to at least the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in five of the past six years. Wells wasn't one of the main instigators but was one of the main participants in the now-infamous Xavier-Cincinnati brawl last December. He served a four-game suspension for his actions and ended up starting 32 of 36 games on the year. The events of the last nine months have certainly reshaped the roster and the program as a whole. We don't know Wells did, but we can guess that there has been and is going to be less tolerance for just about anything that falls on the wrong side of the rules and expectations for Xavier basketball players from here on out. With that in mind, Lyons left last spring. Now, the future for the extremely gifted Wells is uncertain, though it's pretty certainly not going to be at Xavier.
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