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.
"I think what we’ve learned is that Kevin has a lot more swag than we’ve given him credit for," Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. "Soft-spoken, mild-mannered, and all of sudden he’ll dunk on you. And he’ll whisper something to you after he dunks on you."
According to ESPN, new Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk didn't make a trade with Milwaukee or San Antonio before drafting Kevin Huerter because he thought media picks on social media were correct.
While Kevin Huerter will start his NBA career as a first-round draft pick and Justin Jackson will try to start his after being picked in the second round, both former Maryland players will be part of rebuilding teams at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
One day out, it seems like Maryland guard Kevin Huerter will end up as a mid-to-late first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Forward Justin Jackson, who struggled last season due to injury, is likely to be a second round pick.
Maryland sophomore guard Kevin Huerter and freshman center Bruno Fernando, as well as departing sophomore forward Justin Jackson are reportedly among the players invited to the 2018 NBA combine in Chicago May 16-20.
Maryland freshman center Bruno Fernando has declared for the NBA draft, but will go through the process without hiring an agent in order to maintain his NCAA eligibility in the event he returns to College Park for his sophomore season.