Bruno Fernando makes first career start for Atlanta Hawks

Forward Bruno Fernando blocks a shot during No. 24 Maryland's 66-65 win over No. 21 Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Feb. 19, 2019. (Courtesy of David Harmantas/The Daily Iowan)

On the same night that marked the low point of Maryland men’s basketball’s season thus far, one of their former players had a night he’ll never forget in Atlanta.

Former Maryland star and current Atlanta Hawks rookie Bruno Fernando received his first NBA start on Thursday night against the Utah Jazz.

While Fernando didn’t dazzle in his 17 minutes on the court, he did have four points, six rebounds and one assist in the 111-106 loss. The Hawks rookie also had three turnovers and four personal fouls while matched up against Utah’s all-NBA center Rudy Gobert.

Both of Fernando’s baskets came in the first quarter. The first was a dunk in the opening minute of the game, and the second was an 11-foot jump shot at the end of the quarter. Fernando’s assist also came in the first quarter on a Kevin Huerter jump shot.

Damian Jones had been starting at center for the 6-23 Hawks before head coach Lloyd Pierce chose to give Fernando the starting nod on Thursday night.

It’s unknown whether Fernando will start for the Hawks’ next game Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets.

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