University of Miami basketball player Dewan Hernandez, who has missed the first nine games of the season while the school and NCAA review his eligibility, has retained an attorney in hopes of returning to competition this season.
Hernandez, a junior, has hired Miami-based attorney Jason Setchen, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Setchen is an advocate for student-athletes involved in NCAA matters.
The NCAA is looking into Hernandez’s involvement with possible improper benefits.
The Hurricanes could use Hernandez’s help more than ever as they have dropped four games in a row and lost backup center Deng Gak for the rest of the season with a knee injury that requires surgery. The Canes are 5-4 heading into Wednesday’s home game against Houston Baptist University.
Hernandez, a Miami Norland grad, is still practicing with the team and remains game-ready in hopes of playing.