CINCINNATI - Xavier University announced Tuesday that sophomore Dezmine Wells has been expelled from the school.
Xavier says Wells was responsible for a serious violation of the code of student conduct, but did not release exactly what the violation was, citing Federal privacy law. CBSSports.com reports that the violation was a sexual incident, but Wells has not been charged with a crime.
Wells, a 6'5" guard/forward for the men's basketball team and member of the 2012 Atlantic 10 All-Rooke Team, started 32 games as a freshman in the 2011-12 season, helping XU reach the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament. He finished fourth on the team in scoring with 9.8 points per game and third on the team in rebounding with 4.9 rebounds per game.
Wells was suspended in the 2011-12 season for four games for his involvement in the December 2011 Crosstown Shootout brawl with the University of Cincinnati. Wells could be seen throwing punches at UC players during the fray. Six other players were also suspended.
Wells was the promising building block and arguably the best talent that Xavier basketball had going forward with the loss of four players from last season's squad.
Xavier now has no returning starters, and only two guards on the roster that have any collegiate experience in Brad Redford and Dee Davis. Forward Travis Taylor is now the returning leading scorer on the team with 4.5 points per game in the 2011-12 season.
Wells is originally from Raleigh, N.C.
Xavier University released the following statement about the expulsion:
"The Xavier University Conduct Board (UCB), made up of faculty, students and administrators, found Xavier sophomore and basketball player Dezmine Wells responsible for a serious violation of the Code of Student Conduct. The punishment for the violation is expulsion from the University.
"While we understand there is heightened interest in this situation because it involves a student-athlete, we must reiterate that first and foremost Xavier's interest and responsibility to all of our students is to provide a quality education in a safe and nurturing environment.
"A serious violation of Xavier's Code of Student Conduct will not be tolerated. All Xavier students are subject to the same protections and consequences.
"Because of Federal privacy law restrictions, no additional comments may be made in order to protect the privacy of those involved, and to honor the integrity of the UCB process."