"NC State got in contact with me, I went on the visit, and I loved it. I committed to coach Phelps, and he was happy about it."
Ferguson was in Raleigh this past weekend for his official visit, touring the NC State campus and even watched the Wolfpack pick up a huge ACC win against Miami.
"The visit was just great," he said. "It was amazing. It was everything that I was looking for. The players were real cool. You could tell that coach Sendek recruits a good group of guys. Coach Sendek does a great job, and the game was awesome.
"I wasn't surprised, but I just knew that Miami was a real explosive team with Diaz and Robert Hite. I didn't know what was going to happen, but State shot the ball really well."
NC State's pursuit of Ferguson increased after watching him post a double-double in a tournament game against local junior colleges. With Wolfpack assistant Mark Phelps in the stands, Ferguson, who averaged 24 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists for New Creations, showcased the versatile game that NC State covets.
"Coach Phelps came out and saw me at a junior college tournament over in Illinois," Ferguson said. "I played good in that game. I had 22 points and I think 10 assists. I didn't shoot the ball as well as I can, but I think I played good.
"NC State offered me after the junior college tournament, and I just wanted to get out there and visit. I never took a visit to Pittsburgh, so I wanted to see the campus and meet the players before I made my decision."
Other programs were in the mix, but after his official visit to NC State and because he wanted to enroll in the spring semester, Ferguson realized his decision wasn't hard.
"Kentucky, Florida, Baylor, and Nebraska were really the other main schools," he said. "But once NC State came in, and I saw the campus, that was it. It's the ideal situation for me."
Under NCAA rules Ferguson is considered a transfer, therefore he must sit out a full year of competition, and will be eligible to play for NC State next December. However, the early enrollment allows him to practice with the Wolfpack, adjust to college life, and add strength to his 6-foot-5, 180-pound frame.
"I think I have to sit a year of residency, so I'll be eligible the second semester of next year," Ferguson said. "I'm going to begin classes right after Christmas break.
"The last thing I have to do is get my transcripts from Pitt, and they should be sent up tomorrow. After that, I'll be at NC State on December 26th.
"Enrolling early was big for me. I'll be able to hit the weights for a year and get stronger. I can learn the system and be able to come in as a freshman with a year under my belt. That's going to benefit me and the team."
New Creations head coach Tony Cole spoke highly of his star player, and he believes that Ferguson can be an impact performer for the Wolfpack.
"I think the kid is a star," Cole said. "He's a high-energy kid who can do everything well on the court. We've had 15 Division-1 kids here in the past four years, and he's the best we've had, without a doubt."