Freshman Bruno Fernando (23) jumps up, slamming the ball into the hoop during Maryland’s 91-73 win over Iowa on Jan. 8, at the Xfinity Center. (Lila Bromberg/ The Left Bench)

Bruno Fernando will return for sophomore year

Maryland announced on Monday that forward Bruno Fernando will return for his sophomore year with the program.

“After significant discussions with my family and Coach Turgeon, I have decided to return to Maryland for my sophomore year,” Fernando said in the press release. “I’m excited to continue my education and I look forward to a great season. I can’t wait to get back on campus, see my teammates and play in front of the great fans at Xfinity Center this fall.”

Fernando, who was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team for his efforts during the 2017-18 season, had declared for the NBA Draft without hiring an agent, making him eligible to return to school.

The Luanda, Angola, native tested the waters of the NBA a few weeks ago in Chicago, attending the NBA Draft Combine from May 16-20 to get feedback from league executives and coaches.

Fernando’s return for the Terps is a big one, as the former four-star recruit who averaged 10.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game during his freshman year will join a strong incoming recruiting class that features five-star recruit Jalen Smith and four-star shooting guard Aaron Wiggins.

The Terps will now wait for one more draft decision, as junior guard Kevin Huerter, who also declared for the draft without an agent, has yet to announce his future plans. Huerter averaged 14.8 points per game during the 2017-18 season, and earned some high praise from NBA personnel during his showing Chicago.