Maryland basketball’s 2017 signees Darryl Morsell and Bruno Fernando will be suiting up for the same team this weekend as part of the 44th annual Capital Classic. They’ll lace up for the United States All-Americans, as they get ready to face the best players from around the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area. This game tips off Saturday at 1 p.m. from the Verizon Center in D.C.
The longest-running high school all-star game picks the best players from schools around D.C., Maryland and Virginia against players from around the country. Though Morsell is from Baltimore, he’ll play for the U.S. team with Fernando.
Morsell made his All-American case by leading Mount St. Joseph’s to a 37-4 record, as well as both a conference title and a Baltimore Catholic League championship. He finished the season averaging 16 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists a night. The four-star recruit will come in next season to bolster a backcourt that is losing Melo Trimble to the NBA Draft.
Congrats to Darryl Morsell on being selected to play on the U.S. All-American team in the 2017 Capital Classic !! pic.twitter.com/GfmIS8fPA1— The Capital Classic (@TheCapClassic) March 18, 2017
Morsell personally campaigned to get Fernando in the event, telling Scout he convinced the game’s operators to put them on the same team. Fernando will join the U.S. team after a 26-2 campaign with IMG Academy in Florida. The 6’10 forward was a two-way force, averaging 21.5 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and almost two steals per game. Fernando will join a slim crop of Maryland centers next season and this game could give us a glimpse at how the two recruits play together.
Playing for the Capital All-Americans in the longest running high school all-star game are notable DMV recruits like Miami commit Chris Lykes, Notre Dame commit DJ Harvey and Luka Garza - an Iowa commit who Fernando and Morsell will see again next season in Big Ten action.
Prior to this game, incoming Maryland preferred walk-on Reese Mona will play in the District vs Suburban All-Stars game at 11 a.m. The 6’2 guard is a former teammate of Anthony Cowan’s at St. John’s and will play for the District squad.