Maryland's Fernando, Cowan declare early entry in NBA draft

The Associated Press
Maryland 's Bruno Fernando (23) celebrates during the final moments of the second half of a first round men's college basketball game against Belmont in the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday, March 21, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Maryland's Fernando, Cowan declare early entry in NBA draft

Maryland 's Bruno Fernando (23) celebrates during the final moments of the second half of a first round men's college basketball game against Belmont in the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday, March 21, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland sophomore forward Bruno Fernando and junior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. intend to declare for early entry into the 2019 NBA draft.

Coach Mark Turgeon says both players intend to sign with agents who will work with the Maryland coaching staff throughout the process before deciding whether to return to the school.

Under newly adopted NCAA rules, college players are allowed to retain the services of an agent during the evaluation process. If players choose to return to school, they must end the relationship with the agent and they will not lose any eligibility.

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The 6-foot-10 Fernando had 22 double-doubles in 2018-19 and earned First Team All-Big Ten honors. He said playing in the NBA ''has long been my dream'' but intends to make ''an informed decision'' before fully committing to the draft.

Cowan led the Terrapins in scoring, assists and minutes the last two seasons.

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