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Bruno Fernando Returns for Sophomore Season

May 29, 2018 - 11:10 am

By Joe Schiller 

Mark Turgeon and the Maryland Men’s Basketball team received fantastic news over the Memorial Day weekend. With the NBA Draft in just less than a month, a key big-man is returning back to College Park.

Bruno Fernando declared for the NBA draft in April but did not hire an agent, allowing him to go through the combine process with the option to return back to school. After careful consideration, the 6’10” center is back with the Terps for his sophomore season.

Fernando was impressive as a freshman, averaging 10.3 points per game and earning a Big-Ten All-Freshman Team selection. Maryland struggled and missed out on the NCAA tournament with a 19-13 record but Fernando’s length and ability on both ends of the floor thrust his draft stock following the season.

This is a huge addition for the Terps, who will look a lot different this year. Redshirt senior Dion Wiley announced his intent to transfer this offseason while juniors Justin Jackson and Kevin Huerter declared for the draft. Like Fernando, Huerter did not hire an agent and has until tomorrow to make his final decision.

Turgeon will hope for a quick turnaround this season and Maryland should dominate the low post with Fernando’s return and the addition of five-star center Jalen Smith. The Baltimore native will provide an immediate impact as a freshman and the duo could be a dominant pair in the paint for the Terps.

Fernando slots back into the starting lineup and a strong sophomore season could propel him into first-round consideration come 2019.