Dominique Ferguson arrived at the NY2LA Summer Jam in Mequon, Wisconsin on Sunday fresh off his performance at the Lebron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio to play in the AAU tournament. The 6-8 forward from Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis plays for the SYF Players based out of Indiana.
Ferguson has been impressive so far in Wisconsin. Through today's games, Ferguson and the SYF Players are 3-0 with wins over Hoop Planet from Georgia, All Iowa Attack Red, and the ICAN All-Stars from California.
Before going to Akron, Dominique and his family travelled to Chicago to take an unofficial visit to DePaul's Lincoln Park campus. The visit went well for the Fergusons.
"It was good," said Dominique. "It's a nice school and everything. I hung out with the coaches and talked with Coach (Jerry) Wainwright. Just going to a school and seeing the campus is always a good experience."
Ferguson also liked the school's urban setting. "I liked the north side of Chicago," Dominique said. "There's a lot of stuff going on right by Wrigley Field and everything. There were a lot of people walking the streets. With all the restaurants it seemed like there's a lot of stuff to do there. I mean you can't get bored down there it seemed to me."
Ferguson has known DePaul assistant coach Tracy Webster since he first verbally committed to play for Kentucky when Webster worked for the Wildcats. Yet this was the first time that he met the Blue Demons head coach.
"He's a real down-to-earth guy," Dominique said of Wainwright. "I thought he was going to be kind of strict and all about business. He's all business, but he also joked around. That's why my parents liked him a lot. I liked him a lot too. I think he's a good coach and knows what he's doing. I think all he needs is good players to turn around that school."
Dominique dropped a bombshell when he indicated that he was leaving the state of Indiana and Lawrence North to attend an unnamed prep school for his senior year.
"I don't think I'm going to be returning to that school next year," Ferguson said. "It's nothing against Coach (Jack) Keefer or anything. It's just a personal thing with me leaving."
Besides DePaul, Ferguson is receiving interest from Arizona, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.
Dominique has plans to do some more campus visits before reaching a decision on where he will play in 2010. "In August, I'm thinking of visiting Arizona or Florida," Ferguson said.
Ferguson does know what style of play he prefers. "I want to get up and down. I don't mind playing halfcourt, but it's got to be a team that gets up and down. That's just a good way to play right now."
The 6-8, 209 lb. forward is receiving interest from at least one school in each of the BCS conferences. Two conferences in particular stand out for Ferguson. "If you can play in the Big East or the Big 12, those are the conferences that have players that have good teams and players that are lottery picks every year in the draft," Dominique said. "With the Big East you've got the tournament in Madison Square Garden and the Big 12 is a football conference that's turning into a basketball conference more and more every year."
The draft is on Ferguson's mind, because he is a possibly one-and-done candidate in college. Dominique has a realistic grasp on whether he'd turn pro after just one season.
"Hopefully I'd like to do that, but I'm not going to force the issue if I feel like I'm not ready yet," Dominique said. "I'm not going to go in and average 10 or 11 points and then enter the draft. I have high expectations for myself. I don't want to just do average and leave. I want to do really good and then leave."
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