Dewan Hernandez’s career at the University of Miami is over.
A ruling put out by the NCAA said that in order to regain eligibility, the forward would have to sit out the remainder of the year, and 40 percent of next year as well.
Hernandez has withdrawn from UM and made the following statement regarding his future.
Everyone has their own route... Trust The Process pic.twitter.com/jYjStvyhNr— Dewan Hernandez (@DewanGoesFor_20) January 28, 2019
Jason Setchen, Hernandez’s attorney, also put out a statement.
The @NCAA has ruled in Dewan Hernandez’s case. The ruling is harsh and unacceptable. The NCAA is punishing the student-athletes for their involvement. But, who is punishing the NCAA for allowing corruption to be so rampant in college basketball that the FBI intervened? #ncaa— Jason Setchen (@AthleteDefender) January 28, 2019
UM athletic director Blake James had some words to say as well.
My statement regarding the Dewan Hernandez decision: pic.twitter.com/VVL3oJFvEm— Blake James (@CanesAllAccess) January 28, 2019
Jim Larrañaga had the following comment.
Jim Larrañaga on @560WQAM about Dewan Hernandez: "I love the young man...Someone I just really enjoyed being around...It's a very, very sad day for me and our basketball program to lose a person of his caliber."— Josh White (@_JoshRWhite) January 28, 2019
The ruling puts UM squarely with eight scholarship players moving forward, following the awarding of a scholarship to Wille Herenton. While Herenton may be able to provide the Hurricanes with some much-needed depth, Hernandez’s absence makes Ebuka Izundu the sole true big man on Larrañaga’s team.
Hernandez will make a second attempt at the NBA after initially declaring for the draft under a year ago.