Maryland’s Fernando selected by Atlanta in second round of NBA draft

June 20, 2019 | WNST Staff


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland center Bruno Fernando was selected 34th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2019 NBA Draft Thursday evening. Fernando was drafted as the fourth pick of the second round by the Hawks to become the 60th all-time draft choice in program history.

Fernando is now the first Angolan national to ever be selected in the NBA Draft. He is the sixth player at Maryland drafted under head coach Mark Turgeon, and will join fellow Terps Kevin Huerter and Alex Len in Atlanta.

The 34th pick was made by the Philadelphia 76ers, but had been acquired by Atlanta in a trade.

“I’m thrilled for Bruno that his dreams of being drafted into the NBA have become a reality,” said Turgeon. “The Hawks are getting one of the hardest working players I have ever had the pleasure of coaching, and Bruno has an incredible opportunity in front of him. This is a special night for Bruno and his family, especially being the first Angolan to be drafted in the NBA’s history. I can’t wait to see what he achieves at the next level.”

Fernando had a sensational sophomore season in 2018-19, leading the Big Ten Conference in double-doubles (22) and field goal percentage (.607), while posting the fourth-most rebounds in Maryland single-season history (362). He was Maryland’s first-ever finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award and was the only Big Ten player to earn First Team All-Big Ten and All-Defensive team honors.

Fernando capped his career ranking second in program history in field goal percentage (.595), t-8th in blocks/g (1.6), t-9th in double-doubles (25) and 10th in rebounds/g (8.7). He appeared in 64 career games, making 53 starts.

Below is a list of Maryland all-time draft selections.
Year Selection (Round/Team)
1954 Gene Shue (1st , #3 overall/Philadelphia)
1955 Bob Kessler (2nd/Fort Wayne)
1958 John Nacincik (3rd/Syracuse)
Nick Davis (11th/Philadelphia)
1960 Al Bunge (1st, #7 overall/Philadelphia
Charlie McNeil (6th/New York)
Jerry Bechtle (16th/New York)
1963 Jerry Greenspan (3rd/Syracuse)
1966 Gary Ward (6th/Boston)
1967 Jay McMillen (9th/L.A. Lakers)
Joe Harrington (11th/Boston)
1970 Will Hetzel (9th/Baltimore)
1971 Barry Yates (8th/Philadelphia)
1973 Jim O’Brien (3rd/Portland)
Bob Bodell (10th/Seattle)
Howard White (14th/Washington)
1974 Tom McMillen (1st, #9 overall/Buffalo)
Len Elmore (1st/#13 overall/Washington)
1975 Tom Roy (3rd/Portland)
Owen Brown (9th/Phoenix)
1976 John Lucas (1st, #1 overall/Houston)
Maurice Howard (2nd/Cleveland)
1977 Brad Davis (1st, #15 overall/L.A. Lakers)
1978 Larry Boston (4th/Washington)
1979 Larry Gibson (3rd/Milwaukee)
1981 Buck Williams (1st, #3 overall/New Jersey)
Albert King (1st, #10 overall/New Jersey)
Ernest Graham (3rd/Philadelphia)
Greg Manning (7th/Denver)
1982 Charles Pittman (3rd/Phoenix)
1984 Ben Coleman (2nd/Chicago)
Herman Veal (6th/Phoenix)
Mark Fothergill (8th/Phoenix)
1985 Adrian Branch (2nd/Chicago)
1986 Len Bias (1st, #2 overall/Boston)
1988 Derrick Lewis (3rd/Chicago)
1990 Jerrod Mustaf (1st, #17 overall/New York)
Tony Massenburg (2nd/San Antonio)
1992 Walt Williams (1st, #7 overall/Sacramento)
1993 Evers Burns (2nd/Sacramento)
1995 Joe Smith (1st, #1 overall/Golden State)
1997 Keith Booth (1st, #28 overall/Chicago)
1999 Steve Francis (1st, #2 overall/Vancouver)
Obinna Ekezie (2nd/Vancouver)
Laron Profit (2nd/Orlando)
2001 Terence Morris (2nd/Atlanta)
2002 Chris Wilcox (1st, #8 overall /L. A. Clippers)
Juan Dixon (1st, #17 overall/Washington)
Lonny Baxter (2nd/Chicago)
2003 Steve Blake (2nd/Washington)
2007 D.J. Strawberry (2nd/Phoenix)
2008 James Gist (2nd/San Antonio)
2010 Greivis Vasquez (1st, #28 overall/Memphis)
2011 Jordan Williams (2nd/New Jersey)
2013 Alex Len (1st, #5 overall/Phoenix)
2016 Diamond Stone (2nd, #40 overall/New Orleans)
Jake Layman (2nd, #47 overall/Orlando)
2018 Kevin Huerter (1st, #19 overall/Atlanta)
Justin Jackson (2nd, #43 overall/Denver)
2019 Bruno Fernando (2nd, /#34 overall/Philadelphia)

Terps Drafted By Round
First Round 19
Second Round 18
Third Round 8
Fourth Round 1
Fifth Round 0
Sixth Round 3
Seventh Round 1
Eighth Round 2
Ninth Round 3
10th Round 1
11th Round 2
14th Round 1
16th Round 1