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Canes Hoops: Dewan Huell Is Returning

The Canes’ interior anchor has decided to exit the draft and rejoin the team for his junior season.

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Virginia Tech Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports

Canes Hoops offseason started off looking very dire. After months of speculation, both Lonnie Walker IV and Bruce Brown Jr. declared for the NBA Draft. While the decision may not have been the worst for both players, it was tough for the Canes, as they had no recruits in the 2018 class. Then on April 2nd, this shoe fell:

While many assumed Huell was just testing the waters, there was no way to know for sure. Huell was not invited to the NBA Combine, but did workout for a handful of teams. Later on, the Canes addressed the departures in the backcourt by reeling in 3 highly touted transfers, but Huell remained in the draft. His departure would have left the frontcourt extremely thin, as Ebuka Izundu, Sam Waardenburg, Rodney Miller and likely Anthony Lawrence II would have made up the group. All have some experience, but only Izundu and Lawrence have played extended roles thus far. After making us sweat for almost 2 months, Huell relieved Canes fans with this announcement:

The 2018-19 Canes Hoops team may not have as much preseason hype as last year’s squad, but with the return of Huell, Miami should be in a position to at least compete in the ACC if not possibly advance further in the tournament. Huell’s junior season will give him the opportunity to develop more of a consistent offensive game around the basket, which would raise his stock for next year’s draft. Welcome back Dewan Huell, #Butterflyszn is upon us.