Maryland sophomore center Bruno Fernando and junior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. announced Monday that they will make themselves eligible for the NBA draft, but both are leaving the door open for a possible return to College Park next season.
Both sophomore center Bruno Fernando and freshman forward Jalen Smith said Saturday that they have yet to make up their minds about whether to continue their college careers, though indications are that Saturday's 79-77 loss to LSU in the NCAA tournament Round of 32 was Fernando's last with Terps.
A talk earlier in the season with Maryland coach Mark Turgeon returned sophomore guard Darryl Morsell to the starting lineup. But one more recently was the impetus for the former Mount Saint Joseph standout to be a key figure in the Terps beating Belmont to reach the NCAA tournament Round of 32.
Freshman forward Jalen Smith led Maryland to a 79-77 win over 11th seed Belmont with 19 points and 12 rebounds in a Round of 64 game in Jacksonville, breaking the Terps' five-game postseason losing streak.
The Maryland men’s basketball team received a No. 6 seed and will play the winner of No. 11 seed Belmont and No. 11 seed Temple in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the selection committee announced Sunday.
No. 21 Maryland's loss to 13th-seeded Nebraska Thursday at the United Center marked the third straight year the Terps have lost their opening game in the Big Ten tournament and was one of the worst defeats in Mark Turgeon's eight seasons.
Sophomore center Bruno Fernando was named to the All-Big ten first and defensive teams, while junior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. earned second-team recognition and forward Jalen Smith was named to the league's All-Freshman team.
Following a surprise pregame proposal by forward Ivan Bender on senior night, No. 24 Maryland beats Minnesota, 69-60, Friday at Xfinity Center behind junior guard Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 21 points and freshman forward Jalen Smith's second double double in a Big Ten game this season.