Maryland freshman forward Bruno Fernando, who suffered a low right ankle sprain during a win against Ohio Dec. 7, practiced Dec. 18-19 and will likely play against Fairleigh Dickinson Dec. 21, Terps head coach Mark Turgeon said on a conference call Dec. 20.
"He's practiced the last two days," Turgeon said. "We're just kind of bringing him along slowly. We'll see. He's definitely not 100 percent, but he's practiced pretty much three-fourths of the practice the last couple days, and … most likely, he'll play tomorrow, but we'll see if he doesn't have a setback between now and then."
Fernando is averaging 10.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 19.2 minutes per game. He is responsible for the biggest play of the Terps' season thus far, a put-back in the waning seconds of regulation at Illinois Dec. 3. The tip-in sent the game to overtime, during which Maryland earned its first Big Ten win of the season.