Maryland center Bruno Fernando, who made ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 for the third time Saturday after a monstrous dunk, was named the Big Ten’s freshman of the week for the second time Monday.
The 6-foot-10 Angolan followed up a 21-point, nine-rebound, five-assist performance Tuesday in a loss at Nebraska with an 18-point, 16-rebound outing in Saturday’s home win over Rutgers.
Included in the offensive showing was an alley-oop dunk by Fernando off an inbounds pass from fellow freshman Darryl Morsell (Mount Saint Joseph) that earned him the No. 2 spot on ESPN’s Top 10. Fernando also made his first career 3-point shot after missing two attempts earlier in the season.
Fernando’s 16 rebounds were the most this season by a Terp, eclipsing sophomore guard Kevin Huerter’s 15 against Fairleigh Dickinson. His 21 points against the Cornhuskers tied his career and his five assists were a career-high.
In the two games, Fernando made 17 of 23 shots, including 8-for-9 against the Scarlet Knights. Fernando was also named the Big Ten’s freshman of the week on Jan. 8 after posting 17 points and 11 rebounds against Penn State and 21 points and 17 rebounds against Iowa.
Fernando has three double-doubles this season. He also had 20 points and 10 rebounds in a Jan. 31 loss at Purdue playing mostly against 7-foot-2, 290-pound senior Isaac Haas.
Fernando wound up with just nine points and six rebounds in 21 minutes in Monday night’s 71-64 win at Northwestern, but backup center Michal Cekovsky finished with eight points and five rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench.