Terrance Ferguson: Sophomore Sampler

Plenty of states can claim recent success producing prized recruits, but Texas has been extraordinary. Ferguson is yet another who could make an early impact.

One of these days, Terrance Ferguson is going to be the star of the show. He has shared time with top-five senior Emmanuel Mudiay at both Dallas (Texas) Prime Prep and on the travel circuit with Texas Pro, and he generally must defer in a state that has become a revolving door of McDonald's All-Americans — five more from the Class of 2014.

But Ferguson's presence will draw more eyeballs this spring and summer, now that Mudiay and other elder contemporaries are making their way to college. I watched the slender guard two months ago, and he has made clear strides since last summer.

Yes, he remains very three-point reliant. Ferguson lacks consistent offensive balance, a deficiency he must improve over the next couple years. But despite that, his tools are easy to recognize. The fact that he's a good shooter ameliorates some concern about his eagerness to hoist jumpers, as for him they typically comprise pretty good shots.

Meanwhile, he finishes well on the break and occasionally driving through the lane to showcase impressive leaping ability. As he gains strength — Ferguson is very thin — he should develop greater comfort as a slasher and finish better through contact.

He's also an above-average dribbler who, with his quickness and length, should be able to defend shooting guards or wing forwards at the next level. Back on offense, he utilizes some dribble moves that occasionally fool opponents playing him for his jumper. And again, he needs to instill greater discipline from range because he can thwart his own overall effectiveness, but young players frequently need time to establish a longstanding identity. There's no disputing the talent.

Ferguson's recruitment naturally has become a subject of great interest to coaches and fans alike. The sophomore claims offers from SMU (where Mudiay signed last fall), Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and others.

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