The Spurs’ latest hidden gem is a 27-year-old center who learned to play basketball at 18 after leaving the Jehovah’s Witness

Dedmon’s mother, Gail, was a member of Jehovah’s Witness and raised Dewayne and his two sisters under the same faith.

As Sports Illustrated’s Chris Ballard wrote in 2011, under the religion, “allegiance to anyone or anything but Jehovah is forbidden.” According to Ballard, while playing on a sports team was not “expressly forbidden,” to play on a team might encourage allegiance to an external factor. Additionally, the Dedmons dedicated multiple hours per week to studies, meetings, and solicitations on Sundays.

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