COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland forward Bruno Fernando has elected to return for his sophomore season as announced by head coach Mark Turgeon today.
“I’m happy that Bruno went through the process and was able to gather the necessary feedback to make an informed decision on his future,” said Turgeon. “I think Bruno learned a lot during this process, and it will only make him a better basketball player. We’re really excited to have his energy and passion in our locker room next year.”
A rising sophomore, Fernando was named to the All-Big Ten Freshmen Team after a breakout first-year campaign on the court for the Terrapins. The Luanda, Angola native averaged 10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game for the Terps, and was twice named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week during his rookie campaign. Fernando’s 6.5 rebounds per game and 57.8% shooting percentage led all Big Ten freshmen, while his 1.2 blocks per game ranked third among all first year players in the conference.
“I’m appreciative for the opportunity to go through the NBA draft process,” said Fernando. “I received a great deal of feedback over the past six weeks that has been beneficial in making this decision. After significant discussions with my family and Coach Turgeon, I have decided to return to Maryland for my sophomore year. I’m excited to continue my education and look forward to a great season. I can’t wait to get back on campus, see my teammates and play in front of the great fans at XFINITY Center this fall.”
Fernando’s electrifying dunks turned heads nationally throughout the year, with three of them earning a spot in the SportsCenter Top-10 from December to February. Fernando became the third Terp to be selected to the All-Freshmen team since Maryland joined the Big Ten in 2014-15.