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Who is the Toronto Raptors no. 59 Pick Dewan Hernandez?

He isn’t Luguentz Dort or Louis King.

He isn’t any other well known prospect in this draft class either for that matter.

As they have done time and time again, the Toronto Raptors went off the board on Thursday night during the 2019 NBA Draft, by selecting center Dewan Hernandez out of Miami. Listed at 6-foot-11, 235 pounds, Hernandez was inactive last season after being unfairly penalized for an NCAA corruption scandal the University of Miami basketball program was involved in during the 2017-18 collegiate campaign.

The junior averaged 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds on 57.6-percent shooting from the field across 32 games in the year prior to his suspension.

The big man may not be a household name, but that did not prevent him from being one of the standouts at the NBA G League combine, intriguing multiple teams in the process. Owning impressive measurables, including a 7’1.175” wingspan (eighth in combine), a standing reach of 8’11” (eighth), and a body fat percentage of 6.10-percent (third lowest among centers), Hernandez is an athletic big man, with good size and massive hands.

He also finished in the top-two among centers in four different agility tests during the combine.

Described as “big, mobile and tough inside”, Hernandez has good instincts, is a terrific athlete for his size, has great length, and should be a viable and effective option on the defensive end and the glass.
It is unclear what his role will be heading into next season, but it can be assumed that a G League stint will be more than probable. That being said, the Raptors have found a prospect with projectable tools and a chance to be a solid backup center on the highest level of basketball.

To this point, his offensive skillset is limited, but he has the length, strength, mobility, and athleticism to continue to improve and develop. At only 22-years of age, the Miami native has plenty of time to come into his own and with the Raptors hoping to continue competing next season, there will be very little pressure on Hernandez to accelerate his development.

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