One of the best big men in the B1G last season is pursuing his dream to play in the NBA.
Wednesday afternoon, Maryland star Bruno Fernando issued a statement via Twitter, announcing his intentions to keep his name in the NBA Draft. He leaves College Park after averaging a double-double as a sophomore.
“To all the fans, I want to tell you how much I love you,” Fernando wrote. “You’ve made such a big impact on my life on and off the basketball court. I will forever cherish every moment I had here and will proudly wear Maryland’s colors wherever the big man above takes me next.
“After further consideration, I have decided to remain in the NBA Draft and begin my professional career. Terp Nation will always be a piece of me and I look forward to representing you forever.”
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 averaged 13.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in 2018-19. Maryland finished the season 23-11 and earned a trip to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. With Fernando and Jalen Smith in the post, the Terrapins had one of the most menacing front courts in the B1G.
As a freshman, Fernando also produced at a high level. He averaged 10.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He showed improvement in every statistical category from his freshman season to his sophomore campaign.