Maryland’s Bruno Fernando says he’ll stay in 2019 NBA draft

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Maryland sophomore center Bruno Fernando declared for the NBA draft.

He’s not turning back.


Fernando is a borderline first-round pick.

The 6-foot-10 center has a wide frame and a 7-foot-4 wingspan. He’s an active rim runner with nice touch with both hands. His passing ability allows him to take advantage when defenses collapse on him.

But he’s also way behind in defensive recognition. Though he has potential as a mid-range shooter, he’s still limited to the interior offensively right now. And turning 21 in August, he’s old for his class.

In a previous era, Fernando might be a lottery pick. With limited centers deemphasized now, he’ll have to be great at what he does or expand his game to thrive in the NBA.