Maryland freshmen Fernando and Morsell move new dimension to Terps men’s basketball
October 31, 2017 - Basketballs
As a beginner 3 years ago, Michal Cekovsky frequency spoke any English and frequency seemed prepared to assume a starting purpose on a Maryland men’s basketball team.
Fellow beginner Jared Nickens positively knew a language, though aside from knocking down some purchase 3-pointers, you’d frequency notice he was there.
Now seniors, Cekovsky and Nickens are among a many welcoming players on manager Mark Turgeon’s 2017-18 team. Then again, it doesn’t take most to make dual of this year’s freshmen feel as if they belong.
Fernando concedes that blank time with a damage “has been tough. we hatred being on a sidelines.” But he’s carefree of creation his entrance subsequent week.
From a start of preseason practice, Bruno Fernando and Darryl Morsell (Mount Saint Joseph) have not mostly acted, or played, like college basketball newbies.
“Since day one, those dual guys fit in immediately. It was like they had already been here given final season,” Nickens pronounced during Media Day on Tuesday. “On and off a court, we only have that chemistry, that bond. Everything [with them] feels so natural.”
That was clear during Midnight Madness, when a dual freshmen became a team’s heading dancers in a foe opposite members of a women’s team. It wasn’t given of some hazing protocol identical to NFL teams creation rookies singing their college quarrel song.
“We went out there and danced and didn’t unequivocally caring what people suspicion and showed ourselves,” Morsell pronounced Tuesday. “We consider a same approach on a court.”
The intercourse Fernando and Morsell have began during a recruiting process.
“We met on a central revisit and we clicked right away,” Morsell said.
But it’s some-more than their personalities that have helped a 6-foot-10, 245-pound Fernando, who will play appetite brazen and center, and a 6-4, 205-pound Morsell, who will be used during both ensure spots, make a transition from high school.
While conjunction will have as a large a purpose as former star indicate ensure Melo Trimble had as a freshman, and competence not start each diversion as Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter did final season, both are approaching to be vital contributors.
“Unfortunately guys had to play a lot as freshmen, given guys leave, guys pierce on. It’s unequivocally tough in college basketball to unequivocally build it and keep guys around. It’s only a opposite climate,” Turgeon pronounced Tuesday. “But with that said, we like these dual a lot.”
Said Fernando: “I consider that was one of a things that done me select Maryland, only meaningful how most certainty Coach Turgeon puts in a freshmen once they come in. He only lets them play their game. … He indeed gives we a leisure to do what we can do.”
Joining a group that got bullied out of a NCAA contest in a Round of 64 by Xavier, a dual freshmen along with 6-9, 250-pound connoisseur send Sean Obi are approaching to give a Terps much-needed toughness.
“Darryl gives us a defender on a fringe that we unequivocally needed. He’s got good size, good rebounder. He’s a winner,” Turgeon said. “It’s a male that loves to compete, loves to do a right things to win. He’s not fearful to do a small things that assistance we be successful.”
Morsell pronounced being earthy goes behind to his days personification girl football and in recreational basketball leagues around Baltimore.
“Growing adult we was customarily one of a bigger guys, so we played brazen or large man,” he said. “My father done me play football when we was little, so that kind of instilled some toughness into me. we only try to win. That’s it.”
When Fernando entirely recovers from a left ankle twist he suffered in use dual weeks ago, he could fast turn one of Maryland’s best players during both ends of a floor.
It starts with his energy.
“He’s one of a hardest-playing dudes I’ve ever been around. He’s a hard-playing dude that we unequivocally haven’t had,” Turgeon said. “I theory he’s a 6-10 Dez Wells, plays that hard, that competitive. He plays to exhaustion.”
Said Cekovsky: “He’s really brazen of me when we was a freshman. He’s roughly smooth [in English]. He doesn’t have a problem with that. When we was a beginner we couldn’t talk. His physique doesn’t need a lot of improvements that we indispensable when we came. He’s a clever guy.”
Aside from his earthy tools, Fernando is not fearful to uncover his emotions “in a good way.” That is something a Terps haven’t had from a immature actor given Wells eliminated from Xavier as a sophomore, and even afterwards it took awhile to come out.
Asked about his on-court persona, Fernando joked: “I only consider I’m a really shrill person. Even my teammates contend that. Every time we travel into a room, screaming, yelling, we use that on a justice to try to assistance my teammates, let them know where they are.
“Playing a large male in college, not only in college, in a basketball game, we consider it’s as critical as any other position. we feel it requires a small some-more for we to talk. Under a basket, [you] see things improved than other people. Being outspoken only creates my pursuit and my teammates’ pursuit easier.”
Fernando will expected skip a team’s muster diversion Thursday night opposite Division III Randolph-Macon.
“I wish to have him behind for a opener,” pronounced Turgeon, whose group starts a 2017-18 deteriorate Nov. 10 opposite Stony Brook during a Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.
“I’m only removing improved each singular day, as a pain goes away, we only keep perplexing to use and use and use and use to get behind to a approach we was before, only like explosiveness and being means to pierce and run a approach we used to,” he said.
Given how intent Fernando was dancing, and not playing, during Maryland Madness, it’s tough to picture what he will be like in his debut. Asked what he envisions function when it comes, Fernando smiled broadly.
“I don’t know, though it will be crazy,” he said.