DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Atlanta Hawks
About Bruno Fernando
Bruno Fernando is a long, athletic big man who ranked among the most productive, efficient big men in college basketball for much of his sophomore season. Emerging as a prospect averaging 9.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per game as a 15-year-old at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, the Luanda, Angola native subsequently made the jump to play at the prep level in the United States. Making his Senior National Team debut in 2016, Fernando finished his high school career at IMG Academy ranked among the consensus top-75 prospects in the high school class of 2017. Carving out a major role as a true freshman for Mark Turgeon at Maryland, Fernando exceeded expectations and flirted with the 2018 NBA Draft before opting to return to school after the Combine. Averaging 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, the imposing big man showed improvement this season earning All-Big Ten 1st Team honors as he led the Terrapins to the NCAA Tournament.
Possesses a tremendous combination of size, length and athleticism measured at 6’10.25 in shoes with a 7’3.25 wingspan and a 237-pound frame at this year’s Draft Combine. Powerful athlete with impressive agility.
Filled a key role for a Maryland team that leaned quite heavily on his ability to make things happen out of the post both in terms of scoring and passing. Showed a bit of improvement as a decision-maker and jump shooter, but continued to do much of his best work as a finisher and rebounder making use of his physical tools inside.
Productive rebounder with great feet and the length to be an impact player defensively. Blocks quite a few shots, but is capable of more. Has done a good job staying out of foul trouble for the most part this season but is still early in his development on the perimeter and off the ball.
Allowed only 0.756 points per Post Up possession [62nd percentile] showing better fundamentals on the ball some times than others, but has the length and leaping ability to make up for it in spots in impressive fashion.
- One of five finalists for the 2018-19 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award (nation’s best center).
- Only player named to 2018-19 All-Big Ten First Team and All-Defensive Team.
- 2018-19 Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year Watch List top 15 selection.
- 2017-18 Big Ten All-Freshman Team choice.
- Second in school history in career field goal percentage (59.5).
- Member of Angolan National Team that participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics qualifying tournament.
- Averaged 13.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.
- Ranked second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (60.7).
- Tied for second nationally in double-doubles (22).
- Posted seven straight double-doubles from Jan. 18 to Feb. 12.
- Notched 12 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high six blocks vs. No. 9 Michigan (March 3) and hauled in a career-best 19 rebounds with 13 points at Nebraska (Feb. 6).
- Elite physical specimen.
- Explosive and athletic around the rim.
- Has improved his skill level in the post.
- Imposing defensive presence.
- Favorite all-time NBA player is Kevin Garnett.
- One of eight children (has four brothers and three sisters).