2019 NBA Draft Profile: 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.
- Emerged as one of the more productive back to the basket scorers in the country. 48% of his possessions came on Post Ups, but he converted for an improved 0.829 points per Post Up possession [53rd percentile] despite facing regular double teams. Not the most instinctive scorer, but has too much strength and quickness for most big men at this level to be contained when he’s aggressive. Likes to fake to his right shoulder and come back quickly to his left. Lacks a degree of touch, but still shoots a very good percentage going one-on-one. Will face up and use his speed a bit off the dribble, but left hand and floor game are still developing. Not the most natural playmaker from the block, but has really done an nice job of seeing double teams, and getting the ball back out to the perimeter.
- Did his best work in catch and finish situations both this season and last. Has a ton of pop off two feet, dunking the ball emphatically when he gets the chance. Scored an absurd 1.550 points per shot around the rim in the half court [98th percentile]. Got around 35% of his shots in catch and finish situations, but also showed the ability to attack the rim from the perimeter with straight-line drives against slower footed bigmen on occasion. Finished lobs impressively and can be a major factor on the offensive glass.
- Has flashed some jump shooting ability in limited attempts. 9% of his shots in the half court were jumpers which he converted for 1.000 points per jump shot in the half court [67th percentile]. Has long been a capable free throw shooter, and is translating that a bit this season. Has a somewhat mechanical stroke with limited touch, but is nonetheless growing into a mid-range weapon.
- Ranked 2nd in the Big Ten in points created by passes out of Post Ups (4.9 ppg)
- Ranked 4th in the Big Ten in Put Back scoring (2.4 ppg)
- 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.