One of the best college basketball players from the Big Ten this year won’t be coming back to school.
After announcing his plans to enter the NBA draft, Maryland’s Bruno Fernando revealed he’s keeping his name in the draft and will be headed to the NBA.
Fernando released a statement on the decision:
“After further consideration, I have decided to place my entire focus on the NBA Draft as I pursue my dream of playing basketball at the highest level,” Fernando said.
“I want to thank every member of the Maryland community, especially my teammates, Coach Turgeon and the coaching staff, for making my time here special and everything my family and I could have hoped for. I will always consider Maryland a home away from home.”
THANK YOU MARYLAND FOR EVERYTHING. ❤️❤️🐢🙏🏾.
I LOVE YOU GUYS FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. pic.twitter.com/DNZ48IQ34m
— Bruno Fernando™ (@BrunoFernandoMV) May 1, 2019
Fernando produced a stellar sophomore season. He led the Big Ten in double-doubles and field goal percentage while grabbing the fourth-most rebounds in Maryland history.
He earned First Team All-Big Ten and All-Defensive team honors during the 2018-19 season.
Fernando finished the season with 13.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He led the Terrapins to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before announcing his decision to leave the program.
He projects as a first-round pick in the upcoming NBA draft.