Thursday, October 8, 2009

'CP3' Coach Tony Edwards on 2011 Recruit Dez Wells

A few days ago we had the chance to speak with Tony Edwards, the head coach of CP3, one of the elite AAU teams in the nation. CP3 is also the summer team of Wolfpack recruit Dezmine Wells (2011) and future prospect Rodney Purvis (2013). In this segment, we talk to Coach Ewards about Dezmine Wells as a person, a player and a recruit and ask where the Wolfpack stands in their recruitment of the local star.

WPH: Tell us about Dezmine Wells.

TE: I've know Dez since he was 10 years old. He's always been extremely athletic, active, playing multiple sports. He's always loved the gym. He actually started playing with me as a PG, then hit a big growth spurt and moved to the forward spot. He's just a really well mannered kid. He loves to get better, he loves to compete. He's just really good to be around. He asks a lot of questions, he's not afraid to ask questions. He's just very inquisitive. 

WPH: You said he started as PG and moved to the forward positions. Where do you see him playing this year, and how do you feel he projects at the next level?

TE: I see him as a combo. This year I played him at point, but offensively I think he's best suited for the wing positions, but he really surprised us at the point. We needed him to slot in at point for us and he did a great job. He's one of those hybrid players, but you just let him play and he'll put up great numbers for you.

WPH: We've had the opportunity to speak with and watch Dez on numerous occasions, and while he's well mannered and well spoken, one thing you really notice is how enthusiastic he is. Tell us how you feel his enthusiasm and passion pay off on the defensive side of the ball.

TE: Oh he definitely brings it. He steps right in and wants to guard the best guy on the other team. He loves a challenge.   His energy 9 times out of 10 is what we fed off of this past year. He's very emotional and passionate on the floor. You'll hear him yelling, see him attacking the rim, urging guys on, you know, he's very aggressive on both sides of the ball.

WPH: His game has really developed a lot this last year. How do you feel Dez has improved the most over the past year?

TE: I'd say his discipline. He's added more discipline to his game. Before he used to try to force a lot of stuff but he's a lot more patient now. His basketball IQ has also jumped way up this past year. 

WPH: You've seen and coached a lot of talented players (Reggie Bullock, John Wall, etc...) and I think as a coach you can see a player and say "he just has 'it'" and sometimes even when analysts and recruiting websites don't see it right away. One thing we saw happen this year was Dezmine go from a recruit that maybe 'has potential' to all of the sudden, its like the light bulb came on to a lot of these analysts and all of the sudden it hit them that Dezmine Wells was a force to be reckoned with. Is that something you saw from the beginning, and what do you feel it was about this summer that made Dez start getting more recognition?

TE: With Dez the lights been on. I feel like I have a really good eye for talent. Something I like to do, when I first get a kid, is run him through one of my workouts, which is very intense. Thye come back or they show certain things, I dont exactly know how to say it, but it's certain things they do on the floor and a certain attitude in a game that show me what kind of kid we're working with and what kind of player I think they can be. I feel Dez has always had 'it.' It's a fight, an aggressiveness and a competitiveness. I've coached all these kids when they were small, and I've known they had it. Reggie Bullock, Rodney Purvis, Mevlin Tabb...I just knew they had it. It's just something when I see someone like's like "He's got it."

WPH: This summer was big for Dezmine, and I think it's because people got to see him handle the ball a lot more. At Word of God he was stuck down at the forward position, something Dez told us, and people didn't get to see what he could really do. This summer I think you got to see him at the guard more, handling the ball, and you got to see him create, which I think opened a lot of peoples eyes. 

TE: Oh yeah, yeah, he's always had those skills and you would've seen it last year when he was a rising sophomore, but he broke his leg in the first play of the first tournament last year and no one saw him the rest of the summer. We had started putting the ball in his hands all spring, and no one saw him all summer. During his rehab when he came back to Word of God, they already had John (Wall) over there and he didn't really get to handle the ball a lot and nobody knew it. So when they saw him this summer it was like "Oh my God!", but that skill has always been there. Now, it really improved this past year with his IQ and making better decisions, but it's always been there but he broke his leg.

WPH: From watching him, I'll say that I'd want no part in guarding him. When you get a guard with that type of body and that type of physicality it's intimidating.

TE: Yeah, he's very strong. He's going to go up and finish against anybody and they'll bounce off him. Unless you're 6'10 and carrying some major weight, he'll go up and try you. 

WPH: Now, this summer Coach Lowe and NC State took notice of Dezmine and started recruiting him a little bit. What have you heard from Coach Lowe and what type of interest is NC State expressing?

TE: He said he definitely wants Dez and he checks up on Dez through me. He does things the right way, and he's definitely a Dezmine Wells fan, a big one. 

WPH: There's also been a lot of confusion and talk on whether Dez has actually been offered a scholarship. Is that something you can confirm or talk about?

TE: I know they said they are going to offer, that's if they haven't already, but I'm confidently saying that they have offered him.

WPH: When we spoke with Dez he said it made him feel good that a school right in his backyard was noticing him and recruiting him. Do you feel like NC State's recruitment really means a lot to Dezmine, to know a school right here in Raleigh wants him to play for them?

TE: It does, it does make him feel good. For him to know that an ACC school right here really wants him, it's good. A school that has tradition and  a Coach that is really trying to get the program turned around. He's going to be watching State. He's been to a few games last year and he'll go to a few games this year. He'll be watching, but really he just wants to play. At practice if you're not going hard, he gets pissed. If you're not coming at him, making him better he's going to let you know, like "Stop wasting my time."


We'd like to thank Coach Tony Edwards for taking time out of his day to talk with us in such great detail. We'll have more with Coach Edwards on 2013 guard Rodney Purvis later in the season, so stay tuned!
Here is a pretty insane Dez Wells mixtape by our friends over at ONE Entertainment, enjoy.


19 Responses to "'CP3' Coach Tony Edwards on 2011 Recruit Dez Wells"
  1. Anonymous said...
    October 8, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    I really like this kid's game. But, from everything I have read it doesn't seem like State is at the top of his list right now. I know things can change though.

    Anyone have any info on where we stand with Wells?

  2. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 8, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    From what I'm hearing Dez is wide open right now. That will all change this season when schools start really turning their focus to 2011 and coming at players like Wells a lot harder.

    State is definitely on his list, but probably not the leader, but I think he's pretty wide open at the moment.

  3. Michael G. said...
    October 8, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    I like the fact that he started out as a PG - I believe Tom Gugliata started out the same way - then hit a growth spurt.

  4. Anonymous said...
    October 8, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    how tall is he?

  5. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 8, 2009 at 12:02 PM


  6. Anonymous said...
    October 8, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    6-3, 215.

  7. Anonymous said...
    October 8, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    TheWolfpacker just broke a story staying that Cothron has named a leader. Any word on this, WPH?

  8. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 8, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    We said this a week ago, and we'll keep saying it. NC State is Luke Cothron's leader. If any other school is going to land the big man they're going to have to play catch up.

  9. GMONNNAAAA said...
    October 8, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    WPH broke this news last week and was being scrutinized on all the message boards for giving out false info. I guess its not so false after all. Just solidifies my stance that this is the place to get info first on pack basketball news. thanks fellas!

  10. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 8, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    haha, GMONNAAA long time no see! Thanks for the kind words!

  11. Erik said...
    October 8, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    The other sites are only reporting what they are told so you can't blame them for being skeptical. It does seem that Cothon does really like us though. He would not be coming to visit week after week if it wasn't so.

  12. GMONNNAAAA said...
    October 8, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    I'm not ripping the other sites, I'm just letting it be known that the negativity towards this website when they break a big story is unwarranted. I guess it just comes along with the territory with being somewhat new on the scene. I was just giving props where props were deserved.

  13. ppack3 said...
    October 8, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    GMONAAAAAAAA! Welcome back Jack!

    Luke, Luke, Luke. You know you want to run with the Pack. C'mon fella. Let those other girls down easy!

    Seriously, WPH's does it again. Good job guys. Way to stay on top of things.

    Go State!

  14. GMONNNAAAA said...
    October 8, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Whats up Ppack! I know everyones been missing me around here its just that i've been so busy as of late. but i've been lurking. I'm back and about to start getting my comment on again. WOOOOO

  15. redfred said...
    October 8, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    ^^Um, I don't really understand why the other sites are so worried about what's said on here? I mean WPH just reports news and facts, they do it well, and without applying any personal slants. What's the problem with that?

    I know some folk's brains cannot process all of the positive commentary on here, but surely this one site can't be offsetting all of their constant negativity enough for them to be that concerned about it.

  16. ppack3 said...
    October 8, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Redfred - Misery loves company. That's why. Oh, and jealousy. Envy? Competitiveness? Boredom? Am I getting close? These are just wild guesses. But, I think that these may be some of the reasons that people take the time to try to discredit ANYTHING on the internet! I almost Yeah, that's it.

  17. Let'sgopack said...
    October 8, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Wolfpack Hoops is gaining because there are many of us who believe it can be done. We know it takes a Coach with commitment and top of the line players. That's what we have in Sidney Lowe. He connects. He is going after the top tier talent and guys like Brown, Harrow, Cothron, etc. are starting to see the opportunity to turn this thing around. If Hurricane fans think it gets loud in the RBC...wait until we put a quality line-up on the floor. The bandwagon will grow. I have been in my seat for every home game since the RBC opened (except 2) and if the negative folks will just get out of the way...we will get there.

  18. wolfranger said...
    October 8, 2009 at 11:38 PM

    People don't like WolfpackHoops because they've already dropped money for year long subscriptions on the other sites and fell that they aren't getting their money's worth. Good thing I didn't do that! ;)

  19. redfred said...
    October 9, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    I'd say people get upset when WPH absolutely SCOOPS them on stories like,...well,...let me think for a moment, uh, like LUKE COTHRON!!! maybe?


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