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Maryland standouts Bruno Fernando, Jalen Smith get first-round grades in NBA mock drafts

Maryland standouts Bruno Fernando, Jalen Smith get first-round grades in NBA mock drafts

In its latest poll of the top 100 NBA prospects, ESPN lists Maryland big men Jalen Smith and Bruno Fernando at Nos. 31 and No. 75, respectively.

It doesn’t mean that ESPN doesn’t think the 6-foot-10, 215-pound freshman from Baltimore and the 6-10, 245-pound sophomore from Angola wouldn’t be drafted if they decide to enter the 2019 draft.

Smith is the ninth power forward listed and Fernando is the 12th center. It should be noted that ESPN lists Smith as an inch shorter and nearly 20 pounds lighter than he is listed on the Maryland roster.

Several mock drafts have...

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