COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Rising Maryland freshmen Bruno Fernando and Darryl Morsell are set to compete in the 44th annual Capital Classic All-Star game this Saturday, April 8 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Fernando and Morsell are two of 12 players selected to play for the U.S. All-American team, who will face the Capital All-Stars at 8 pm.
A native of Angola, Fernando played for Montverde Academy (Fla.) the past two years and is ranked the 57th-best player in the country by Scout.com. He is currently spending a post-graduate year at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The 6-foot-10 forward starred for various Angolan national teams, most recently averaging 18.2 ppg in leading the U-18 national team to an Afrobasket title. Fernando appeared with the senior national team in the Rio Olympics qualifying tournament.
A four-star recruit, Morsell is rated the 60th-best recruit in the country according to Scout.com. Morsell’s breakout junior season ended with him earning Baltimore Sun First-Team All-Metro and All-Baltimore Catholic League honors. He starred over the summer for his AAU squad, Team Melo. Morsell is the first player from Baltimore to be signed by head coach Mark Turgeon since becoming taking over the program in 2011.
The Capital Classic is the longest running high school basketball All-Star game in the country and since 1974 it has been a beacon in the Washington, DC community, showcasing some of the nation’s top high school basketball talent. The game has become a steppingstone for many college All-Americans, NBA All-Stars and Pro Basketball Hall of Fame recipients, such as Moses Malone, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard.
For more information on the event, head to thecapitalclassic.com