Maryland Basketball’s Cowan, Fernando, Huerter Earn All-Big Ten Honors Amid Dark Times

Maryland basketball stars Anthony Cowan and Bruno Fernando receive All-Big Ten honors in a somber year for Terps basketball.

Following the close of Maryland basketball‘s regular season schedule, the Big Ten Conference revealed their All-Big Ten honors, which included three Maryland players: Anthony Cowan, Bruno Fernando and Kevin Huerter.

Most noteworthy, Cowan received Third Team All-Big Ten selection from both the media and Big Ten coaches, while also earning Big Ten All-Defensive team. The sophomore point guard blossomed into the Terps leader this season and finished among the top of numerous statistical categories including scoring (15.7 per game), free throw percentage (84.6 percent) and assists (5.2 per game).

His lockdown defense earned him All-Defensive honors by conference coaches. Cowan finished third for steals in the Big Ten, averaging 1.5 per game behind Penn State’s Josh Reaves and Illinois’ Trent Frazier.

A four-star recruit, Fernando had an impact more like a five-star recruit in his freshman season at Maryland. Fernando averaged 10.2 points and his 6.8 boards per game finished just outside the top 10 among conference leaders.

The freshman showed his potential, scoring a career-high 21 points twice in games against Iowa and Nebraska. Furthermore, he finished the regular season with three double-doubles including a monstrous 18 points and 16 rebounds in Maryland’s win over Rutgers on Feb 17.

Huerter received honorable mention and completed the regular season averaging 14.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and a team-high 42 percent from beyond the arc. The Terps sharp-shooter finished No. 8 in the conference for 3-point field goals made and like Cowan, Huerter finished among the top leaders for minutes played at 34.3.

Cowan, Fernando and Huerter all bring much-needed optimism and excitement for a program going through dark times with the involvement of former Maryland star Diamond Stone in the college basketball scandal. All three Maryland Terrapins basketball players are expected to return next season pending the 2018 NBA draft.

Lastly, Maryland senior center Michal Cekovsky is among the honorees for the 2017-18 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.