At the start of each season in any sport, fans must learn new names as players cycle in and out of the program. This year, however, spectators will learn a new identity that a star is now going by.
“My name is now Dewan Antonio Hernandez,” said the junior forward who was previously known as Dewan Huell.
Hernandez said at media day the change is to honor his mother, Christina Fernandez, who kept her maiden name.
“My mom,” Hernandez said, “has always been there for me, whenever I needed her, since I was born.”
The 6-11 post player from Norland High School states that he had wanted to make the change for a while, but “didn’t know the process” until now.
Hernandez had originally declared for the 2018 NBA Draft after last season but did not sign with an agent and is returning to UM for the 2018-19 campaign.
Multiple NBA scouts reportedly told Hernandez that if he “worked his butt off,” he has first round potential for the upcoming 2019 draft.
Hernandez is coming off a stellar 2017-18 season where he averaged 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. The Dade County native also achieved five double-doubles last year, including a career outing against Duke when he recorded 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Hernandez is the cousin of former UM running back and current Cleveland Browns player Duke Johnson.