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Led by Bruno Fernando, three Maryland men's basketball players earn All-Big Ten honors

A year after being named to the league’s All-Freshmen team, sophomore center Bruno Fernando was named Monday to the All-Big Ten first team and All-Defensive team by both the conference’s coaches and the media.

Fernando, who is averaging 14 points per game, finished the regular season tied for first in the Big Ten with Purdue center Matt Haarms in field goal percentage (.624), second in rebounding (10.5 per game) behind Minnesota forward Jordan Murphy and tied for third in blocks (1.9 a game).

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“I think Bruno’s one of the most improved players in the league. We’re really proud of that, how hard he worked over the spring and summer and fall. He’s had a great winter,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said on a Big Ten coaches’ teleconference earlier in the day.

Junior guard Anthony Cowan Jr., who earned All-Big Ten third-team honors and All-Defensive team honors last season, was named to the league’s second team by both the coaches and media.

Forward Jalen Smith (Mount Saint Joseph), who was named the Big Ten’s Rookie of the Week on Monday, was named to the All-Freshmen team for the Terps, who rose to No. 21 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll Monday.

Cowan, who leads the Terps in scoring for the second straight year (15.9 per game) and is eighth in the Big Ten, was second in minutes played (34.6) to Penn State’s Lamar Stevens, fourth in free-throw percentage (.829) and tied for fourth in assists per game (4.3). Smith averaged 11.5 points and 6.7 rebounds.

“Anthony’s had a lot on his plate. He’s our only upperclassmen who’s really in the rotation. He’s had to do a lot of things for us, offensively and defensively,” Turgeon said. “And this freshman [Big Ten] class is loaded, there’s a lot of really good players. Jalen did some nice things. Those three have done a great job for us this season.”

The announcement of the all-Big Ten teams was made on the Big Ten Network.

Fernando was one of 14 players named by the Big Ten as sportsmanship honorees. The 6-foot-10 Angolan also received honorable mention All-America honors by Sporting News.

Maryland, which opens the Big Ten tournament Thursday in Chicago as the No. 5 seed, was the only team to place players on the All-Big Ten first and second teams.

Michigan State guard Cassius Winston, who along with Purdue guard Carsen Edwards was a unanimous first-team selections by the media and coaches, was named the league’s Player of the Year.

Purdue’s Matt Painter, whose Boilermakers shared the conference regular-season title with Michigan State, was named the league’s Coach of the Year.

Michigan’s Ignas Brazdeikis was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year.

Surprisingly, no Wolverines were named to the league’s first team, though junior guard Zavier Simpson was named to the second team by the coaches and the media.

Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy and Indiana’s Romeo Langford received second-team honors by the coaches, while Penn State’s Lamar Stevens and Iowa’s Tyler Cook were named to the second team by the media.

Penn State’s Josh Reaves was picked Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches.

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