Miami received some positive news on Saturday afternoon as the school announced the return of forward Dewan Huell for his junior season.
After testing the NBA draft waters without an agent, the 6-foot-11 Huell will be back for the Hurricanes. Starting all 32 games for the program last season, Huell averaged 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while shooting 57 percent from the floor.
“After getting feedback from NBA teams and talking it over with my family and coaches, I would like to announce that I will be returning to Miami for my junior season,” Huell said in the release. “I’m really excited to get back to work with my brothers so we can accomplish more than ever during the 2018-19 season.”
A former McDonald’s All-American coming out of high school, Huell’s return gives the Hurricanes stability in the front court for next season as he’ll play with other returning players like Sam Waardenburg and Ebuka Izundu. With Miami losing both Lonnie Walker and Bruce Brown early to the 2018 NBA Draft, Huell could be expected to provide more offensive production as a junior.
A breakout sophomore season has Dewan Huell looking at his professional options.
The Miami big man will declare for the NBA draft, but not hire an agent, he announced Monday via social media.
“After talking to my coaches and family, I would like to announce that I will be declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft,” Huell wrote. “I will not hire an agent so I can keep my eligibility as a college athlete. I would like to thank the man above for this opportunity, Canes fans and to all those who supported me through the ups and downs.”
After averaging fewer than 20 minutes per game as a freshman, the 6-foot-11 Miami native averaged 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game this past season while shooting 57.6 percent from the floor. In a particularly strong big man draft, Huell may be looking at a less-than-ideal draft situation, but, as has so often been noted, it doesn’t cost anything to go find out.
Miami picked up its second commitment of the day on Wednesday, this time landing in-state, five-star power forward Dewan Huell. The native of Miami joins four-star guard Bruce Brown as the second player of the day who pledged to the Hurricanes.
The 6-foot-9 Huell is a monster grab for head coach Jim Larranaga because he’s keeping a talented local prospect home and Huell is the type of forward who could be immediately productive. An active big man who can rebound or score running the floor or in the post, Huell is regarded as the No. 23 overall prospect in the Class of 2016.
By adding Huell, Brown and four-star big man Rodney Miller, Miami has put themselves in position to be very competitive in the ACC the next few seasons and they’re doing everything they can to stay in the conference’s arms race.
Class of 2016 forward Dewan Huell is one of the most productive big men in the country and the five-star forward was very good this summer with Team Breakdown. The Florida native is currently regarded as the No. 22 overall player in the latest Rivals national class rankings and the 6-foot-9 Huell can play above the rim or impact the game with his activity.
Here’s a mixtape of Huell this summer from Courtside Films.