Ferguson Building Relationship With Duke?

After committing to Kentucky before the program made a coaching change, five star power forward Dominique Ferguson has re-opened his recruitment. After hearing from Duke early on the Spring, the Indiana prospect says he's developing quite a relationship with Coach K's program.

As with any prospect who re-opens his recruitment, the interest from other programs begins coming in waves. However, Dominique Ferguson says one program in particular has shown much more interest that before.

"There's only been one school who has been more active in the last couple weeks, and that's Duke. Ever since the Adidas May Classic a while back they've been talking to me a lot more through email and phone calls. They've always been a school that has recruited me at a high level."

Despite focusing heavily on players such as Harrison Barnes on the wing and the four high major floor generals for the point guard position, the versatile Ferguson remains a fixture on the recruiting radar thanks to a game that the head Blue Devil seems to have taken notice of.

"Coach K told me he really likes me as a player and that both he and his staff are looking forward to watching me play in July. He said he sees me fitting in at Duke kind of like a more athletic version of Kyle Singler. I do really like their offense with the four out and one in and how they would let me post up and go around the perimeter."

Despite the interest coming from Durham, Ferguson admits that it's a two way street as he goes about the second lap of the recruiting process.

"They talk to my coaches a lot and I call them a lot - especially me and Coach Nate [James]. We've got a really close relationship. With other schools I'll get an email asking to call them and I will, but I don't really call too many schools on my own just because it's irritating to call people all the time. So, unless i have to call them I don't. Duke is one of the only schools I will call a good amount."

Other schools jumping in with Ferguson include Arizona, DePaul, Florida, Indiana, Ketucky, Tennessee, Texas, and UCLA. All of which have different approaches that the five star forward seems to appreciate.

"Honestly the different approaches are good. The most important thing is that the schools are real with me. I'm big on being able to trust people, and I always want to know what people are telling me is accurate."

After leaving the NBA Camp, Ferguson will head back to the AAU and camp circuit with eyes on setting up various visits. Aside from the shoe camps, he's already making plans for one visit for sure.

"I plan on going to Duke's Elite Camp for sure. I don't really know of any other schools I'm planning on checking out soon. It's possible, for sure, but it's just a lot of other schools to look at. If I'm going to visit I have to find a flight to get on, and all the arrangements. It makes it hard on me and my family. I do want to take some visits though, that's for sure."

Measuring out at 6-foot-7 and 210 pounds, Ferguson is rated as a five star prospect and the nation's number three power forward by Scout.com although he projects as a combo forward in college.

"I see versatility as a strength. This week I've been working on my offensive rebounding and finishing around the rim. But I can also get on the perimeter as well. [In college] I see myself doing both. I want to be able to use all my abilities."

Interview conducted by Steve Clark at the 2009 NBAPA Camp


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