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Oklahoma City Thunder select Kevin Hervey from UT Arlington with 57th pick

The Mavericks star is headed to the Thunder.

NCAA Basketball: Texas-Arlington at St. Mary’s Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder have drafted UT Arlington forward Kevin Hervey with the 57th overall pick.

Hervey was productive from the jump for the Mavericks, averaging 15.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game over his four-year career. He tore his left ACL midway through his sophomore season, but came back and earned Sun Belt Player of the Year honors as a junior. Overall, the athletic forward helped lead the Mavericks to three 20-win campaigns.

Injury concerns have bubbled up for Hervey during the draft process, as he also tore his right ACL in high school. But it’s all about upside with Hervey, as his versatility and 7-foot-4 inch wingspan made him an intriguing prospect.

The Thunder are apparently banking on that potential. Hervey is a natural leader who showed an ability to will the Mavericks to wins this season. He was a thrill to watch in the Sun Belt, never lacking for confidence and being able to do a little bit of everything.