Each week during the 2013-14 season a Maryland student-athlete, who has shown excellence on and off the playing field, will be selected as the Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week. This week's Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week is junior Dez Wells of the Maryland men's basketball team.
By Taylor Smyth, Maryland Athletics Media Relations
Having the ball at the end of a game is a do or die proposition. A player is either praised for his poise under the bright lights or degraded for an inability to perform under intense pressure.
Against Miami, Dez Wells embraced the pressure; draining a pull-up 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds remaining to give the Maryland men’s basketball team an important ACC victory.
“[Dez] was feeling good,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “He made some tough shots in the second half. He really played well out there. I was happy for him.”
In addition to his game winner, Wells had a sensational week leading the Terrapins to a pair of critical conference victories. The guard averaged 20.0 points in two games, in addition to shooting 81 percent from the field (13-of-16) and 93 percent from the free throw line (13-of-14).
Wells’ final act against Miami should not overshadow his overall performance. After playing just five minutes in the first half and not attempting a single shot due to foul trouble, Wells scored 21 points on 7-of-7 shooting (6-of-6 FT) in the second half.
He followed with a 19-point performance on 6-of-9 shooting in the victory at Virginia Tech. Wells has also made 15 consecutive free throws dating back to Jan. 25 against Pitt.
Whatever the situation may be, Wells feels he is up for the task.
“Two hours before every game I work out; I’ve practiced taking those shots a million times since pre-season,” Wells said after the Miami game. “I just felt comfortable shooting it; I have confidence in my shot, I have confidence in my team, my team has confidence in me and so does Turgeon. In that type of situation I’m smiling, I don’t feel any pressure.”