Top players who improved 2019 NBA draft stock by returning to NCAA

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Top players who improved 2019 NBA draft stock by returning to NCAA

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Top players who improved 2019 NBA draft stock by returning to NCAA

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Bruno Fernando, Atlanta Hawks

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Aggregate Mock Draft Rank in 2018: 57

Actual NBA Draft Position in 2019: 34

The Angolan-born Bruno Fernando has a massive wingspan and standing reach that will immediately help him on both ends of the court. He was also fairly quick for someone his size, finishing with the fastest shuttle run and three-quarter sprint among all big men at the 2019 NBA combine.

He improved his rebounding rate as a sophomore from 17.5 percent to 20.5 percent, the second-best total mark in his conference. The big dramatically increased his assist rate year-over-year from 6.9 percent to 14.4 percent. He had the best effective field goal percentage (61.2 percent) in the Big 10. His defensive box plus-minus ranked Top 20 in the NCAA.

Fernando was a marvelous player near the basket, ranking second among all players in Power 5 conferences in points created out of the post when also including passes. He will be able to play alongside his former Maryland teammate Kevin Huerter on the Atlanta Hawks.

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