The 6-foot-7, 190-pound small forward from Dallas API informed announced his commitment to Scout.
Scout’s 13th ranked prospect in the class, Ferguson gives UA a wing with size, shooting ability and defensive versatility.
It’s hard to find guys who can both shoot and defend at a high level and that’s what Ferguson is.
He’s a player who is a real threat to hit from distance, given his smooth stroke and size. Due to the fact that he’ll also be able to defend most college twos, threes and fours, Ferguson can be used at all three of those spots on offense as well.
Ferguson will need to continue to get stronger to fully maximize his defensive potential, but his lateral quickness, size and feel will likely make him a successful defender right away in college.
Offensively, even though Ferguson is a terrific athlete, he’s not a huge threat to score off the dribble attacking the basket in half court. He can score off catch and shoot jumpers from three and midrange, while he’s also capable as a one or two dribble pull-up guy.
The more Ferguson adds to his handle and ability to get to the line the better, but he’s a very good shooter whose worst case scenario offensively has always been as a knockdown shooter.
With Arizona handing a shoot-first point guard in Kobi Simmons and an aggressive wing scorer in Rawle Alkins, Ferguson’s unselfishness and specialties on both offense and defense will complement the others in UA’s 2016 class very well.
Arizona also landed an elite shooting post in Finland’s Lauri Markkanen, giving Sean Miller two serious perimeter options in its incoming class.