NBPA: Ferguson holds elite offers

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Some players don a uniform, surround the jump circle awaiting the opening tip, then proceed immediately to jump out at coaches, scouts and fans.

Terrance Ferguson always has been one of those guys. The slender wing forward boasts top-shelf physical attributes and combines those with an advanced skill level.

Ferguson, who currently ranks No. 17 in the Class of 2016, possesses excellent length and athleticism for the wing. He's a graceful, yet explosive one-footed leaper who excels on the break or catching lobs in the halfcourt game. His speed and finishing ability make him one of the most fearsome fullcourt prospects in the class.

"Run and gun, that's my game," Ferguson told Scout.com. "That's what I'm looking for in a college."

Ferguson slots as far more than an athlete. He wields a feathery jump shot with 23-foot range and a fearlessness about how or when to squeeze the trigger. In fact, he's so gifted from long-range that at times his game becomes unbalanced and he neglects his athletic tools.

On day one at NBPA Camp, however, he has been a more enthusiastic slasher alternating between hammer slams and long bombs. And Ferguson himself realizes that he must round out the rough edges.

"Coaches don't care, but I care about my size and need to get bigger," he said.

But evidently he's right: College coaches don't appear to share his concerns about his body or much else.

"I have offers from Louisville, Wake Forest, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, OU (Oklahoma), Texas A&M and SMU," he said.

He added that the Jayhawks, Longhorns, Razorbacks, Cowboys and Mustangs are pursuing him most ardently.

When asked by another reporter about the biggest name he'd talked to so far, Ferguson had a quick answer at the ready:

"Bill Self called me," he said. "He talked to me like it was friends to friends."

After festivities in Charlottesville conclude, Ferguson will attend the LeBron James Skills Academy, Under Armour team event in Atlanta and compete with USA Basketball in the late summer.

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