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NBA Draft 2019: Who is Dewan Hernandez? Fast facts about the Toronto Raptors' draft pick

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The reigning NBA champion Toronto Raptors had one pick in the 2019 NBA draft, selecting Dewan Hernandez from the University of Miami.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Hernandez and the Raptors have agreed to a partially-guaranteed three-year rookie deal.

In drafting the 6-foot-11 centre, the Raptors add an athletic big man to their rotation, with the tools to become a solid two-way player at the next level.

So who is Dewan Hernandez?

Background

Dewan Hernandez (born Dewan Huell) was born on December 9, 1996 (22-years-old) and is from Miami, Florida.

In October 2018 he legally changed his name to Dewan Hernandez to honour his mother, Christina Hernandez.

College experience

The McDonald's All-American did not play college basketball last season for the Hurricanes after being ruled ineligible by the NCAA.

In his Sophomore season in 2017/18, Hernandez averaged 11.4 points per game, 6.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks, shooting 57.6 percent from the field, starting all 32 games for a Miami.

Skill set

Hernandez turned heads at the NBA G League Elite Camp, earning an invitation to the NBA combine, where his impressive display helped build his draft stock

The big man ranked second among centres in max vertical leap (35.5 inches) at the combine was second among centres in the three-quarter court sprint (3.30 seconds).

With his combination of size and speed, Hernandez gets up and down the court well and has the requisite athleticism to make an impact in the NBA, initially as a rim-running big, catching lobs and finishing in the pick-and-roll

The Raptors will look at Hernandez as somewhat of a project, as he continues to develop his shooting, especially from the three-point line. In 2017/18 he only attempted three three-pointers, but continues to make strides shooting the ball.

He will likely play as a power forward in the NBA, spending some time as a small ball centre.

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