Fernando Named Sporting News All-American; Smith Named B1G Freshman of the Week

From UMTerps.com

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball forward Bruno Fernando has been named Sporting News Honorable Mention All-America, while freshman Jalen Smith has earned his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor of the season.

Fernando is Maryland’s first Sporting News All-American since Greivis Vasquez earned first team honors in 2010. Maryland’s last All-American was Melo Trimle, who was named Associated Press Honorable Mention in 2016 and 2017.

The Luanda, Angola, native ranks seventh nationally and third in the Big Ten with 20 double-doubles on the season, while also leading the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.624). He also ranks second in the Big Ten in both rebounds/g (10.5) and offensive rebounds/g (3.1), while ranking third in blocks/g (1.9).

Smith is the first Terrapin to win a conference’s freshman of the week award three times since Melo Trimble (2014-15). The only other Terps to win it at least three times were Joe Smith (1993-94), Johnny Rhodes (1992-93), Jerrod Mustaf (1988-89), Derrick Lewis (1984-85), Adrian Branch (1981-82), Brad Davis (1974-75) and Tom McMillen (1971-72).

Smith was tremendous in the Terrapins’ win over the Gophers, scoring 19 points on a career-best three 3-pointers and adding 11 rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

It marked Smith’s fourth double-double of the season, which is tied for the third-most in program history by a freshman since 1989-90. The others to achieve the feat were Joe Smith (20 – 1993-94), Jordan Williams (8 – 2009-10) and Diamond Stone (4 – 2015-16).

Fernando, Smith and the Terrapins return to action Thursday afternoon when they face either Nebraska or Rutgers in the second round of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Chicago.

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