Earlier this week, multiple reports surfaced with some disappointing news for fans of the Maryland Terrapins. Fans learned that two star players in Anthony Cowan and Bruno Fernando would be declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. Considering the contributions these two made for the Terps last season, it was substantial news for the program moving forward.
As I wrote a few weeks back, Fernando seemed likely to take his chances at the next level after flirting with the NBA last season. And Cowan was in an interesting place as well after putting up three stellar seasons with the Terps. Both opted to hire agents, but could return with the new rules for NBA prospects.
During his three years with Maryland, Cowan played in a total of 99 games, starting more than 30 in each of the last three seasons. He finished last season averaging 15.6 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per game. Cowan was a high usage player that showed an ability to get to the free throw line and convert and get teammates involved.
Fernando only had two seasons with the Terps, but played in 64 games over the last two seasons. Notably, he averaged 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game last season. Fernando was an absolute monster on the boards and is projected by many as a solid first round prospect in this year’s NBA Draft.
There’s little debating that losing either of these two would be a significant hit to Maryland heading into next season. The Terps are widely regarded as one of the favorites in next year’s Big Ten, but a lot of that rides on returning at least one of these two. Should these two depart, it would fall on players like Eric Ayala and Jalen Smith to step up and replace some of the lost contributions.
There’s no telling what Cowan and Fernando will end up doing, but BTPowerhouse will keep you posted as the NBA Draft draws nearer.