NBADraft.net released its latest mock draft for 2019, and Fernando is listed at No. 2.
We’re not all blessed with the same talent, But we can all have the same grind💯💯🙏🏾
– All men are created equal, some work harder in preseason.
— Bruno Fernando™ (@BrunoFernandoMV) April 30, 2018
Fernando declared for the 2018 draft without hiring an agent, meaning he can return to school without losing his eligibility. In Land of 10’s latest 2018 mock draft, Fernando was not listed.
The center averaged 10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks as a freshman in 2017-18. Perhaps his most impressive performance came Feb 13 when he scored 21 points to go with 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks in the Terps’ 70-66 loss to Nebraska. Maryland didn’t qualify for the NCAA Tournament or the NIT, cutting Fernando’s season short just as he was starting to come into his own.
If Fernando returns for his sophomore season, he’ll be joined by hyped incoming freshman recruits center Jalen Smith and guard Aaron Wiggins. Smith and Wiggins are 5-star and 4-star recruits, respectively, per the 247Sports composite.
His Maryland teammate, Kevin Huerter, ranks No. 39 on the NBADraft.net projection for 2019. Like Fernando, Huerter declared for the 2018 draft without hiring an agent.