Skip to main content

NCAA Announces Punishment For Miami 5-Star Dewan Hernandez

a shot of an ncaa basketball before a game

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The NCAA announced this afternoon the punishment for Miami five-star power forward Dewan Hernandez.

The former top recruit must sit the remainder of the 2018-19 college basketball season and will be suspended for 40 percent of the 2019-20 season.

Hernandez, the No. 27 overall recruit in the 2016 class, is being punished for "entering into an agreement with and accepting benefits from an agent," per the NCAA.

Here's the full announcement, from the NCAA:

University of Miami men’s basketball student-athlete Dewan Hernandez must sit the remainder of the 2018-19 season and 40 percent of next season for entering into an agreement with and accepting benefits from an agent.

According to the facts of the case, which were agreed upon by the university, Hernandez agreed to receive monthly payments from an agent and accepted other benefits from the individual. According to the guidelines adopted by NCAA membership, the starting point for these violations is permanent ineligibility, but the NCAA staff recognized mitigating circumstances based on the specific facts of the case when making its decision.

When a school discovers an NCAA rules violation has occurred, it must declare the student-athlete ineligible and may request the student-athlete’s eligibility be reinstated. The NCAA staff reviews each student-athlete reinstatement request individually based on its own specific facts. If there is any disagreement on the case facts, it can be appealed to a membership committee. The decision may be appealed to the Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee, which is comprised of representatives from NCAA schools.

Hernandez had not played in a game this season as he awaited final word from the NCAA.

Miami is 9-10 this season, 13th in the ACC.