Bruno Fernando

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Bruno Fernando
No. 24 – Atlanta Hawks
PositionPower forward
Personal information
Born (1998-08-15) August 15, 1998 (age 21)
Luanda, Angola
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeMaryland (2017–2019)
NBA draft2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentAtlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Big Ten (2019)
  • Big Ten All-Defensive team (2019)
  • Big Ten All-Freshman team (2018)
Stats at
Stats at

Bruno Afonso David Fernandes (born August 15, 1998), known as Bruno Fernando, is an Angolan professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Maryland Terrapins.

High school career[edit]

A native of Luanda, Angola, Bruno Fernando started playing basketball in his hometown.[1] While playing the 2014 FIBA Under-17 World Championship with the Angolan national team, he caught the eye of scouts in the US.[1] In early 2015, he joined the Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida.[2] He committed to Southern Methodist University in April 2016,[3] but decided the following month to reclassify into the Class of 2017. He spent the 2016-17 season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.[4] In October 2016, Bruno Fernando committed to the University of Maryland, after also considering Auburn, Alabama and Florida State, among others.[5]

College career[edit]

Fernando made his debut for Maryland on November 10, 2017, against Stony Brook. Coming off the bench, he scored ten points to go along with two rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 13 minutes of playing time.[6] He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on January 8, 2018, after posting 17 points and 11 rebounds against Penn State and a career-high 21 points in a 91-73 win versus Iowa.[7] He had a strong freshman season as he averaged 10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, and earned All-Big Ten Freshman honors. After the season, Fernando declared for the 2018 NBA draft and participated in the NBA Draft Combine that year, but withdrew from the draft and returned to Maryland.[8]

Professional career[edit]

Atlanta Hawks (2019–present)[edit]

Fernando was selected as the 34th pick of the 2019 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Fernando became the first Angolan player to be selected in the NBA draft.[9] He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks.[10] On July 7, 2019, the Hawks announced that they had signed Fernando.[11]

National team career[edit]

Participating in the 2014 FIBA Under-17 World Championship in Dubai, he averaged 9.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per contest for the Angolan national team. In 2016, Bruno Fernando made his debut with Angola’s men’s national team and participated in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade.[12] Averaging 18.3 points, 6.6 boards, 2.1 assists as well 1.6 blocks per outing, he led Angola to gold at the 2016 FIBA Africa Under-18 Championship, while receiving All-African Championships U18 Best Player honors.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


2017–18 Maryland 30 20 22.4 .578 .333 .740 6.6 .7 .4 1.2 10.3
2018–19 Maryland 34 33 30.0 .607 .300 .779 10.6 2.0 .6 1.9 13.6
Career 64 53 26.4 .595 .308 .763 8.7 1.4 .5 1.6 12.0


  1. ^ a b Markus, Don. "Basketball grew quickly on Maryland recruit Bruno Fernando". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  2. ^ Stubbs, Roman (2016-10-02). "Angolan Bruno Fernando becomes Maryland basketball's first commit of 2017 class". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  3. ^ "Four-star center Bruno Fernando commits to SMU". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  4. ^ "Maryland Basketball: Former SMU Bruno Fernando chooses Terps". Busting Brackets. 2016-10-02. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  5. ^ Stubbs, Roman (2016-11-10). "Maryland basketball officially signs 2017 prospects Bruno Fernando, Darryl Morsell". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  6. ^ "Stats - Maryland Terrapins". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  7. ^ "Maryland, Ohio State Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors: Buckeyes' Keita Bates-Diop earns Player of the Week award; Terrapins' Bruno Fernando named Freshman of the Week". CBS Interactive. January 8, 2018. Archived from the original on January 9, 2018. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Phillips, Scott (May 28, 2018). "Maryland big man Bruno Fernando withdraws from 2018 NBA Draft". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  9. ^ "Maryland's Bruno Fernando drafted 34th overall, will be traded to the Hawks". Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "Atlanta Hawks Acquire Draft Rights To Bruno Fernando From 76ers". July 6, 2019.
  11. ^ "Atlanta Hawks Sign Bruno Fernando". July 7, 2019. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  12. ^ "Angola set to face endless challenges at FIBA AfroBasket 2017". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  13. ^ "EUROBASKET NEWS". Retrieved 2017-12-30.

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