Dez Wells will be Maryland's biggest returning asset in 2014-15, arranged around him five key freshman who will all likely have important holes to fill.
But before a game is played, there's one small detail to get used to about Wells. He changed his jersey number in the offseason.
The Baltimore Sun reported in June that Wells would change the number to honor a former AAU teammate who was killed in a car crash. Wells was unable to wear No. 44 during his first two seasons at Maryland, as it was occupied by center Shaquille Cleare.
With Cleare transferring to Texas this offseason, it cleared the way for Wells to change his number.