Bruno Drafted 34th By The Hawks

Note: My heart was breaking for the big guy who was just fantastic for the Terps, as he was passed by in the 1st round. But landing with the Hawks could be a blessing in disguise. Bruno will join Kevin Huerter in Atlanta. I’m not sure what the 15-20 NBA Scouts who attended so many of the Terps home games didn’t see with Bruno.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland center Bruno Fernando was selected 34th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2019 NBA Draft Thursday evening. Fernando was drafted as the fourth pick of the second round by the Hawks to become the 60th all-time draft choice in program history.  

Fernando is now the first Angolan national to ever be selected in the NBA Draft. He is the sixth player at Maryland drafted under head coach Mark Turgeon, and will join fellow Terps Kevin Huerter and Alex Len in Atlanta.
The 34th pick was made by the Philadelphia 76ers, but had been acquired by Atlanta in a trade.  

“I’m thrilled for Bruno that his dreams of being drafted into the NBA have become a reality,” said Turgeon. “The Hawks are getting one of the hardest working players I have ever had the pleasure of coaching, and Bruno has an incredible opportunity in front of him. This is a special night for Bruno and his family, especially being the first Angolan to be drafted in the NBA’s history. I can’t wait to see what he achieves at the next level.”         

Fernando had a sensational sophomore season in 2018-19, leading the Big Ten Conference in double-doubles (22) and field goal percentage (.607), while posting the fourth-most rebounds in Maryland single-season history (362). He was Maryland’s first-ever finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award and was the only Big Ten player to earn First Team All-Big Ten and All-Defensive team honors.

Fernando capped his career ranking second in program history in field goal percentage (.595), t-8th in blocks/g (1.6), t-9th in double-doubles (25) and 10th in rebounds/g (8.7). He appeared in 64 career games, making 53 starts.

Below is a list of Maryland all-time draft selections.
Year                   Selection (Round/Team)
1954                 Gene Shue (1st , #3 overall/Philadelphia)
1955                 Bob Kessler (2nd/Fort Wayne)
1958                 John Nacincik (3rd/Syracuse)
                          Nick Davis (11th/Philadelphia)
1960                 Al Bunge (1st, #7 overall/Philadelphia
                          Charlie McNeil (6th/New York)
                          Jerry Bechtle (16th/New York)
1963                 Jerry Greenspan (3rd/Syracuse)
1966             Gary Ward (6th/Boston)
1967                 Jay McMillen (9th/L.A. Lakers)
                          Joe Harrington (11th/Boston)
1970                 Will Hetzel (9th/Baltimore)
1971                 Barry Yates (8th/Philadelphia)
1973                 Jim O’Brien (3rd/Portland)
                          Bob Bodell (10th/Seattle)
                          Howard White (14th/Washington)
1974                 Tom McMillen (1st, #9 overall/Buffalo)
                          Len Elmore (1st/#13 overall/Washington)
1975                 Tom Roy (3rd/Portland)
                          Owen Brown (9th/Phoenix)
1976                 John Lucas (1st, #1 overall/Houston)
                          Maurice Howard (2nd/Cleveland)
1977                 Brad Davis (1st, #15 overall/L.A. Lakers)
1978                 Larry Boston (4th/Washington)
1979                 Larry Gibson (3rd/Milwaukee)
1981                 Buck Williams (1st, #3 overall/New Jersey)
                          Albert King (1st, #10 overall/New Jersey)
                          Ernest Graham (3rd/Philadelphia)
                          Greg Manning (7th/Denver)
1982                 Charles Pittman (3rd/Phoenix)
1984                 Ben Coleman (2nd/Chicago)
                          Herman Veal (6th/Phoenix)
                          Mark Fothergill (8th/Phoenix)
1985                 Adrian Branch (2nd/Chicago)
1986                 Len Bias (1st, #2 overall/Boston)
1988                 Derrick Lewis (3rd/Chicago)
1990                 Jerrod Mustaf (1st, #17 overall/New York)
                          Tony Massenburg (2nd/San Antonio)
1992                 Walt Williams (1st, #7 overall/Sacramento)
1993                 Evers Burns (2nd/Sacramento)
1995                 Joe Smith (1st, #1 overall/Golden State)
1997                 Keith Booth (1st, #28 overall/Chicago)
1999                 Steve Francis (1st, #2 overall/Vancouver)
                          Obinna Ekezie (2nd/Vancouver)
                          Laron Profit (2nd/Orlando)
2001                 Terence Morris (2nd/Atlanta)
2002                 Chris Wilcox (1st, #8 overall /L. A. Clippers)
                      Juan Dixon (1st, #17 overall/Washington)
                          Lonny Baxter (2nd/Chicago)
2003                 Steve Blake (2nd/Washington)
2007                 D.J. Strawberry (2nd/Phoenix)
2008                 James Gist (2nd/San Antonio)
2010                 Greivis Vasquez (1st, #28 overall/Memphis)
2011                 Jordan Williams (2nd/New Jersey)
2013                 Alex Len (1st, #5 overall/Phoenix)
2016                 Diamond Stone (2nd, #40 overall/New Orleans)
                          Jake Layman (2nd, #47 overall/Orlando)
2018                 Kevin Huerter (1st, #19 overall/Atlanta)
                          Justin Jackson (2nd, #43 overall/Denver)
2019                 Bruno Fernando (2nd, /#34 overall/Philadelphia)

Terps Drafted By Round                
First Round     19
Second Round 18
Third Round     8
Fourth Round 1
Fifth Round     0
Sixth Round     3
Seventh Round 1
Eighth Round 2
Ninth Round   3
10th Round     1
11th Round     2
14th Round     1
16th Round     1


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