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Choose the correct word for the blank in this sentence: Because of his strength, speed, and skills on the field, Dwayne ____ a perfect candidate for the NBA draft when he graduated from college.

A was

The verb was is of the same tense as graduated that occurs later in the sentence. It completes the thought logically. The word wasn't isn't a good choice because Dwayne seems to be a great candidate. The words is and isn't are in the wrong tense, and isn't also has the same negative connotation as wasn't.