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Oklahoma City Thunder select Daniel Hamilton with 56th pick of 2016 NBA Draft

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The Thunder bought their second round pick back from the Denver Nuggets to select the forward from UConn.

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

After trading Serge Ibaka for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and the rights to the number 11 overall selection, Domantas Sabonis, Sam Presti wasn't done maneuvering.

The Oklahoma City Thunder jumped back into the draft in the second round by buying the 56th overall pick from the Denver Nuggets. The same pick that was part of the trade that brought Randy Foye to OKC mid season last year.

With the selection, the Thunder drafted Daniel Hamilton of the University of Connecticut. Hamilton is a 20-year-old sophomore that measures in at a lean 6'8" and 197 pounds according to DraftExpress.

Hamilton played mostly on the wing and as a swing forward during his two years at UCONN and was one of only two Division I players in the country (also LSU’s Ben Simmons) with 450 points, 300 rebounds, and 150 assists--posted a triple double, 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assits, December 23 against CCSU.

Hamilton showed potential while playing with the Huskies and head coach Kevin Ollie has deep ties with the Thunder organization so management should be very well informed on who Hamilton is as both a player and a person.

But, there's also a chance that Presti recently saw the infamous Broadway play, Hamilton, and just said "what the heck" before sending the draft card in.

Watch highlights from Hamilton at UCONN below: