Bloomington – Dominique Ferguson is planning four visits next month, and he intends to make one of those trips to Indiana.
The 6'9" Indianapolis Lawrence North junior said this weekend that his current plans are to make the visit to IU during the Hoosiers' June elite camp. He had hoped to use this past weekend's appearance in the Adidas May Classic as an opportunity to visit to the IU program, but NCAA rules kept him from being able to make that happen.
But he's clearly showing significant interest in the Hoosier program, making him one of two top-10 juniors that IU is in good standing with along with eighth-ranked Kyrie Irving.
"(IU Coach Tom Crean's) probably one of the most energetic guys I've talked to," Ferguson said. "The way he talks to me, you can hear in his voice that he wants me to get to the next level no matter where I go."
Ferguson clearly has plenty of options about where to go to prepare himself for a shot at the next level. He said new UK coach John Calipari has told him he's his No. 1 priority for the 2010 class, and that he's been getting plenty of interest from Florida, Wake Forest, Louisville, DePaul, Texas, UCLA, Arizona and Tennessee since re-opening his recruitment. He also heard from Duke for the first time last week, and he plans to hear what Coach Mike Krzyzewski's staff has in mind as well.
His current plan is to take four visits next month, one of which will be to IU. He said he'll pick the other three trips from a group of four schools – Florida, Texas, Arizona and UCLA.
"I'm only going to get to three of those schools, so I'm trying to decide which one of those I'm not going to make it to," Ferguson said.
Whichever program ends up getting Ferguson will be getting a very special talent. While he's ranked as Scout.com's third-best power forward in the 2010 class, he has an interest in playing on the wing in college. In leading SYF to the 17-and-under title at the Adidas May Classic Ferguson showed that's far from a stretch of the imagination. He's particularly good at getting the ball at the top of key and beating his man off the dribble and finishing with authority.
"I want to be a 3," Ferguson said. "I put up 500-700 shots three days a week. In order for me to be a wing player, I need to be able to knock it down because they can easily sag off me if I'm not."
College coaches seem open to the idea of Ferguson playing away from the basket as well. It could be as a straight-up wing or potentially as a power forward who looks to attack bigger defenders off the dribble. That's an idea Ferguson says he's open to as well.
"I don't mind playing the 4, and if I have someone big on me they can put me at the 3 and let me take them one-on-one," Ferguson said. "If I'm playing the 3 and I have someone small on me I can take them in the post."
That sort of versatility is one of the traits Crean covets in recruits, and he's told Ferguson that he'll do whatever he can to showcase his skills and get him ready to make a big impact in college and beyond.
"He lets me know if I come here, he's going to work as hard as he can to get my wing skills down and get me ready for the next level," Ferguson said.
Ferguson Says IU Will Be One of Four Visits
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