Bruno Fernando, who ranks as the No. 100 in Scout’s 2016 top 100, didn’t put up eye popping numbers in Montverde (Fla.) Academy’s 13-point win over Spain Park (Ala.) High at the City of Palms Classic on Saturday, but he proved himself as one of the best available post players in the class.
Fernando finished with 10 points on 3-for-5 shooting, snagged four rebounds and swatted a pair of shots in 18 minutes of play.
“I think I played good, not great, like I should, but I did fine,” Fernando said after the game. “I know I can help my team a lot more. What I did today, I’m OK with that. I just got to keep working and keep it up.”
Fernando is among the best post prospects still on the board. At 6-foot-10, he obviously has good size, but he’s mobile, active, aggressive and takes pride in his effort on the defensive end of the floor.
“I can play in the post, but I’m still developing my game in the post,” he said. “I can play outside the paint too, but I really don’t do it a lot because of my team, I’m the guy that’s got to play inside. I can play D on anybody. I trust myself and I know I can play D on anybody.”
With Saturday having a full slate of college games there weren’t many coaches in attendance, but Alabama dispatched an assistant to watch him on Saturday. Fernando has a handful of high-major suitors that are keeping in touch.
“I feel like it’s no pressure for me,” he added. “It’s a blessing with all the schools and knowing what I came from, I’ve been here for six months and it’s just a blessing.”
The interest from the Blue Devils certainly caught Fernando’s eye.
“I mean that’s great,” he said of their interest. “When I heard about Duke, I was excited. I mean, that’s Duke. Not everybody can get Duke. I feel good about it.”
There has been talk that Fernando could return to Montverde and do a post-graduate season, but he said he’d prefer to go to school this year.
“I’m not thinking about staying at Montverde for another year,” he said. “I’m trying to get focused on school to get it done so I can get eligible to go to college.”
Fernando is currently regarded as the No. 22 center prospect in 2016.