On Thursday afternoon in a radio interview on 1070 – The Fan in Indianapolis, Dominique Ferguson was asked to list his top schools. The 6-9, 210 lb. forward rattled off his top nine – Arizona, DePaul, Duke, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, and UCLA.
The Lawrence North forward originally committed to the University of Kentucky in April of 2008. Following the firing of UK coach Billy Gillespie in March, Ferguson decided to re-open his recruitment.
Ferguson's father, Deon Ferguson, cited the "real close relationship with Tracy Webster" as a reason why his son had committed to the Wildcats. With Webster now taking up residence in Lincoln Park as an assistant coach at DePaul, it's no surprise that the Blue Demons are pursuing Dominique.
"Once you get to know him, he's a very personable kind of guy," Deon said of Webster. "He's a nice person, honest, he's always 100% with you about everything. That's what you want with anybody who's recruiting your child. You want him to be honest with you and straightforward with your child. Dominique loves him. He treats him like his own."
With Dominique back on the market, his father has a pretty good idea of what they are looking for in a collegiate program. "(What's important is) the relationship with the coaching staff, the system that he plays in," said Deon. "For me personally, it's going to be the learning factor. It's not just that he's playing. It's that he's learning the game too. He needs to be made accountable both on and off the court. That's the type of program that I'll look for him to go to."
If Ferguson were to come to DePaul, he would be following in the footsteps of past DePaul forwards who have departed early for successful careers in the NBA. Quentin Richardson and Wilson Chandler, who are both currently with the New York Knicks, each left after playing two years for the Blue Demons.
Dominique has had a busy week and is about to get busier. He was recently named to the upcoming NBA Players Association Top 100 camp. Before that though, Ferguson will be hopping on a plane for France. Dominique was named to the 2K Sports Preseason All-American Team which will compete next week in the World Basketball Tournament in Douai, France. The tournament will feature the best under-19 talent from across the globe.
Ferguson has been out on the AAU Circuit this spring with the SYF Players. While Scout.com has Ferguson ranked as the third best power forward in the nation, Dominique is versatile enough to play either forward position.
"He's got some big time talent," said SYF coach Wayne Brumm. "He's long, he's very athletic. He's a really good defender. He creates problems on the defensive end as much as he does offensively, just because he's so long and agile. Offensively, he's basically another guard out there. He can take guys off the bounce. He can hit the three. He can take it in and dunk it on you. Those are some pretty good attributes."
Stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com for the very latest on Ferguson and other Class of 2010 prospects.
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