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Report claiming Maryland basketball’s Bruno Fernando has signed with an agent is false

The big man can still return to College Park if he so chooses.

Bruno Fernando Sung Min Kim/Testudo Times

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted under the assumption that the report had been confirmed. We have since confirmed the report was false and have updated this story to reflect that. We deeply regret this error and will work to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

After a report emerged that Bruno Fernando has signed with an agent, sources around him were quick to push back. Testudo Times has since been able to confirm with Fernando that he has not signed.

Fernando was the second Terp to announce his draft intentions, at first opting to enter without an agent after Justin Jackson entered with one. The 6’10 Angolan was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team, averaging 10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game and displaying glimpses of what his polished game would look like on both ends.

He’ll now have a chance to impress scouts in a controlled environment. The combine is just the type of place Fernando should thrive. He’s athletic in a way that should translate to testing, and plays hard enough that he could do well in the competitive portions. The biggest learning point for Fernando during the season was playing smart, so scrimmages could go either way.

Regardless of how he does, Fernando should give quality feedback on his game during the combine. Terps fans will have to wait until a week after the combine to hear whether or not he’ll return. Jackson and Trimble both took the entire week to decide; there’s no reason to believe Fernando won’t do the same.

Fernando has also stayed visible on campus, attending classes and the Capital Classic last weekend, and it’s believed that he’ll return unless he gets a first-round grade. Turgeon’s also going to have to wait out Kevin Huerter’s decision, as the sophomore guard was also invited to the combine.