Bruno Fernando could become NBA’s first player from Angola

Bruno Fernando. [Image Credit: Sports Illustrated]

Bruno Fernando, a Maryland Terrapins forward from Angola has declared for the NBA draft on Monday. If he’s selected, he’ll become the first player in the NBA from Angola.

According to Yahoo Sports, Fernando was dominant as a sophomore at Maryland with 13.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. The big man was one of seven Power Five players to average a double-double with rebounds, and he was named first-team All-Big Ten and selected to the Big Ten All-Defensive team.

He also showed impressive shooting touch for his 6-foot-10 frame, going 60.6 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the line. Although Fernando only attempted 10 threes on the season, his high free throw percentage portends well.

Fernando was first noticed at the 2014 FIBA U-17 World Championship and eventually moved stateside to Montverde Academy. He also led Angola to the 2016 FIBA Africa U-18 Championship and earned Best Player honors.

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