Maryland hoops in College Park could look drastically different next winter. Sophomore Bruno Fernando and junior Anthony Cowan have declared for the 2019 NBA draft, the team announced Monday.
Declaring during the early entry period and signing with an agent, as both players intend to do, makes both Fernando and Cowan eligible to return to school should they have other ideas before the draft.
Fernando, the 6-foot-10 forward from Angola, popped off for 22 double-doubles during the 2019-19 season while finishing with averages of 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. The 20-year-old is expected to be a first-round draft pick.
Dear Angola,— Bruno Fernando™ (@BrunoFernandoMV) April 15, 2019
I GOT YOU JUST STICK WITH ME.
I Have Officially Declared For The 2019 NBA DRAFT.
Thank You #TerpsNation For your continuous love and Support. 🐢❤️#CWM#FreeSilvio pic.twitter.com/hnvGgUComi
Fernando is reportedly being represented by Priority Sports, per NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig.
Cowan led the way for Maryland last season, finishing with his team-leading 15.6 points and 4.4 assists per game.
The Bowie, Md. guard currently ranks t-10th in program history in assists (437) and 23rd in points (1376). He's started in every game since arriving in College Park for the 2016-17 season.
Although the 21-year-old isn't expected to draw serious NBA attention, he's still testing the waters for professional reasons.
Here are upcoming dates to be on the lookout for:
April 21 - Early Entry Draft Deadline
May 14-19 - NBA Combine
May 29 - NCAA Withdrawal Deadline
June 20 - NBA Draft
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