Maryland Basketball received great news Monday as Bruno Fernando has decided to forego the 2018 NBA Draft to return to Maryland for his sophomore year.
As a freshman, Fernando averaged 10.3 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game and shot 58 percent from the field.
This gives Maryland more clarity in the frontcourt because they lost Michal Cekovsky to graduation and they are still waiting on Kevin Huerter’s NBA draft decision. The Terps get him back and their roster will largely remain intact.
In watching him last season, he brought an energy to the team that was needed. When he was on, he was on and the Terps were able to get the best out of him. When things weren’t going so well, you would have liked to see him rise above adversity and lead as a young player.
This comes with time so another season or two will do him some good. He wasn’t ready to be drafted yet. That’s not a knock on his game or anything, there is more development he needs at the college level.
Maryland also has Jalen Smith and Schnider Herard (Grad Transfer from Mississippi State) coming to bolster the frontcourt which will be nice to see. If those three mesh well together next season, Maryland could be dangerous and stouter defensively and on the glass.
Bruno Fernando can do two things by coming back: make the Terps better and boost his draft stock should he choose to declare again for the 2019 NBA Draft.
Now, Maryland Fans await the decision of Kevin Huerter, another guy who was an integral part of the success that Maryland did have at times during the season.