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Thursday / May 24.
  • Maryland Signee Bruno Fernando Looks Impressive at National Prep Showcase

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    NEW HAVEN –– Maryland signee Bruno Fernando looked impressive in his first game with IMG Academy at the National Prep Showcase at Albertus Magnus College.

    Displaying a diversified skillset, including several jumpers, a hook shot and a handful of rim-rattling dunks, the 6-foot-10 Fernando went for 20 points and 3 blocks as IMG Academy (FL) beat St. Thomas More (CT), 75-64.

    “I think I’m a really good post player but since I got to IMG I’ve been playing more on the perimeter,” he said after the win. “I’ve been definitely working on my jumpers a lot. Since I got to IMG, my coach has been doing a great job letting me play outside the paint a little bit. I’ve been playing more outside than inside. I think I can get a lot more better at that. I just have to keep working on it.”

    A native of Angola, Fernando initially committed to SMU in April 2016 before opening up his recruitment and doing a post-grad year at Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy.

    He then committed to Maryland in October.

    “I love the coaches, the coaching staff, I love the guys and my official visit was great,” he said. “It was just time for me to get along with the guys. I was looking for a spot that I can fit in right away and I think Maryland’s the best spot for me.”

    As for what he’ll play at Maryland, he said “Coach [Mark] Turgeon sees me as a stretch four that can shoot jumpers. I can come outside and shoot a three-point shot and can handle the ball. And a great defensive player who talks to teammates.

    “By the time I get to Maryland I’ll only be a freshman on the court, but I think I’ll be a senior like anyone else because of my abilities.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.