Late last weekend, Bruno Fernando announced that he would be declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft without hiring an agent. It was major news for the Maryland Terrapins and head coach Mark Turgeon as the program prepares to move into next season.
During his lone season in College Park, Fernando was a beast down low. He averaged 10.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and put up a monstrous 24.7 defensive rebounding rate, which ranked fourth among Big Ten players. He also closed the season with some momentum, scoring 10 points or more in four of the team’s final five games.
None of this came as a surprise to those who followed Fernando on the recruiting trail, though. He was rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports and 87th nationally. Most figured he could make an early impact and he did just that as a true freshman.
This is certainly big news for a Maryland program hoping to get back on track after a down year. The Terps missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014 after a slew of injuries and an underwhelming 19-13 overall record.
Of course, Fernando will still have a chance to return, considering he didn’t hire an agent. The deadline to withdraw and return to school is May 30, 2018, so fans will have to hold tight until then. In the meantime, fans will have to hold on to their seats.