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The Oklahoma City Thunder have selected Devon Hall with the 53rd pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Hall, 21, has good size at for a two-guard, 6-6. Given he went to Virginia and they literally had no real offense. It was based off just their defense, the fact he shot over 40 percent from three is eye raising. He went to the NBA combine and impressed scouts. He was considered one of the most polished players invited in May.

He wasn’t projected to go too high in the second round. He’s not the best offensive player but he’s a hard nosed worker who learned defensive fundamentals at Virginia. That could go along way in the NBA. He shot over 43 percent from three and in the league where space and pace is key.

“He’s real unselfish,” Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said about Hall. “He has a good way about him, too. I just marvel at that. But his maturity, with his willingness to work and not get too shook if it didn’t happen right away, was remarkable in today’s day and age.”

Hall averaged 11.7 points on 43.4 percent shooting from the floor and 44 percent from three. His real/plus minus was 10.5, one of the best in the nation. His PER was over 20. So, the stats are there but the eye test needs to be met. He’s a real three-and-D type of person.

“Sometimes you have to make sacrifices in certain situations just for the betterment of the team and we won a ton of games, so I think it helped us a lot,” Hall said.

It’s unknown if he’ll be in the immediate plans for Oklahoma City or he’ll be across the street with the Blue. That will be learned at a later day.

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