2017 recruit Bruno Fernando had a strong showing at the National Prep Showcase, which was held on the campus of Albertus Magnus College.
Fernando, who committed to Maryland in the fall, showed a more polished and developed offensive game, scoring 18 points and 14 points in Brandenton (Fla.) IMG Academy’s two games at the event.
Standing 6-foot-10, Fernando has an impressive frame, which will continue to fill out, and long arms. Fernando seemed more mobile, running the floor with ease. He also showed improved footwork when he had opportunities in the post.
Perhaps the most notable improvement from Fernando came on the offensive, where he showed versatility and comfort, both in the post and also facing the rim.
Ferando showed good form on his jump shot and made catch and shoot shots from mid-range and three. On the block, he was aggressive, and although he didn’t finish consistently, he displayed hooks and finishing ability with both hands around the basket.
Q&A with Bruno Fernando
When youre at your best what are you doing?
I’m just playing as hard as I can. I rebound the ball a lot, helping my teammates on D, talking to them, letting them know where they have to be and other stuff and on the offensive glass all the time. Playing just my offensive game, letting it come to me and not trying to force anything and other stuff. I think I got a lot better playing the perimeter and other stuff, so I think my shot has come along so just let the game come to me.
You seem a lot more comfortable on offense?
I mean definitely, it’s something I’ve been working on a lot and at IMG. My coach believes in me a lot and he puts a lot of confidence in me so that’s definitely helps me a lot. I love being around them and other stuff. He would rather see me doing my best than forcing. He always tell me to just let the game come to me and he motivates me and all this stuff so that’s the stuff that really matters a lot to me. Just when a coach tells you to do things he allows you to do but at the same time he gives you confidence.
What do you need to get better at before you get to Maryland?
Before I get to Maryland, I think I’m a really good post-player since I go to IMG, I’ve been playing on the perimeter more than I’ve been playing in the post. I feel like my post game is not going up, I think it’s like kind of not as good as it was last year when I was playing just in the post but I think I just got to keep working on it and other stuff and everything will be okay.
What was it about Maryland that led you to go there?
I love the coaches, the coaching staff, I love the guys and my official visit was great. I mean, it was just time for me to like get along with the guys and like I said before I was just like looking for a spot that I can go fit in right away and I think Maryland is the best spot for me.