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Four-star big man Bruno Fernando is first to commit to Terps' Class of 2017

Fernando is ranked No. 62 overall by 247Sports.com and the No. 6 center prospect.

The Maryland men's basketball team received its first oral commitment in the Class of 2017 from four-star recruit Bruno Fernando, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound big man from Angola who plays at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Fernando, who was a member of the Angolan junior national team that won the African championships this year and also played on the men's national team that played in the Olympic qualifying event, committed after taking an official visit to College Park this weekend.

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John Mahoney, the coach at IMG Academy and a former assistant under John Beilein at Michigan and West Virginia, confirmed Fernando's decision to play at Maryland, saying the Terps are a "good fit."

Fernando is ranked No. 62 overall by 247Sports.com and the No. 6 center prospect, though Mahoney said Fernando is more of a stretch-4, a power forward who can play on the perimeter. He was ESPN's No. 71 prospect in the Class of 2016 before reclassifying.

Mahoney said he plans to use Fernando mostly on the perimeter for his senior year at IMG. Fernando played the past couple of years at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla.

Fernando originally committed to Southern Methodist but decommitted after Larry Brown resigned. Given the close relationship between Maryland coach Mark Turgeon and Brown, his college coach at Kansas, the Terps didn't start recruiting Fernando until after he decommitted.

Mahoney said Fernando is "an extraordinary young man, and everybody who comes into contact with him says the same thing. I keep telling people that I haven't been around a young man like this as high profile as he is in a long time.

"Plus, his work ethic is second to none. He comes to work every day and every drill going hard. Everything we do, he has a high motor. I think that's why he's as successful as he is right now. He handles it pretty good and shoots it well [outside]."

Fernando was joined on his official visit this weekend by Mount Saint Joseph guard Darryl Morsell, who also is reportedly considering Villanova, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Dayton. Morsell is the first guard Maryland has had in for an official visit this fall.

The Terps are also still pursuing Ikechukwu Obiagu, a 7-foot, 240-pound center who is playing at Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy in Decatur, Ga.  Obiagu is the No. 54 overall prospect and the fifth-rated center in the country, according to 247Sports.com.

Maryland will be in need of big men next season after senior center Damonte Dodd and graduate transfer L.G. Gill are gone. Michal Cekovsky, the 7-footer from Slovakia, will be a senior next season.

In accordance with NCAA rules, Turgeon is not allow to comment on players until they sign a national letter of intent.

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