Fernando, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound prospect, made his pledge while on his official visit to Maryland. Fernando was at one time committed to SMU, but he backed off the commitment last year.
"It came quick," IMG Academy prep coach John Mahoney told Scout. "They came down to see him. Coach Turgeon was very impressed with him. He was impressed with how he worked out and more impressed with what kind of person he was. That expedited everything."
"I asked him what he thought and asked him before he left and he said 'no I’m not looking to do it.' Then he called me last night and said 'I just feel really comfortable here. I like what they got and the kids.' Normally I’d say come home, but kids today are instant. I said if you like the kids and like the coaches, that’s the main thing. Obviously it’s a good conference for you.
Fernando, who ranks No. 57 overall, is known for his physical play, but according to his coach he is expanding his game, adding to his ball skills and extending the range on his jump shot.
"I’m very impressed with him," Mahoney said. "I’ve been around some great plays and he’s just a different kid. Everyone that comes in contact is impressed with how he speaks and what kind of person he is. He’s never let us down."
"On the court, what I liked about him is he’s a worker," he said. "He has a high motor and he’s fairly skilled. I’m excited about his skill level."
Fernando played high school basketball at Monteverde (Fla.) Academy last season. He transferred to Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy for his final season of high school basketball.
This marks the first commitment of Maryland's 2017 recruiting class.