"It was a blessing," said the 6-7 wing from Dallas. "I’ve always liked that college since I was kid. To get that offer and hear from Coach Roy was a blessing."
The Tar Heel staff had shown some interest in Ferguson over the past couple years, but it was limited. That changed on Wednesday night.
Ferguson explained that the offer held extra significance because he grew up a Carolina fan.
"That’s always been my favorite school so I like it," he said. "But now I know it’s not about who your favorite is, but about where you can produce."
There's no question he can produce. He's been on the national scouting radar since his freshman season, with mixtape videos highlighting his athleticism and scouts gravitating toward his jumpshot.
"Ferguson knows what he is, even if it isn’t exactly what others may want him to be," according to Scout's Rob Harrington, who ranks Ferguson the No. 18 prospect in the 2016 class. "He’s without question an excellent shooter with an NBA-quality release, range and easy mechanics. All he needs is repetition and strength, because his form can carry him in basketball for a long time.
"But he doesn’t need to always rely on his threes. Ferguson is a long wing with explosive leaping ability off one foot, and occasionally he’ll surprise a big man expecting him to be a below the rim player. Although his game primarily relies on finesse, he’s capable of alpha-athletic plays as well."
And there's no question he's a fit for Roy Williams's up-tempo offensive system.
"He’s particularly deadly in transition due to his speed and leap, and of course he’ll always be formidable as a trailing jump shooter," Harrington added. "Get him into the open floor, whether he’s ahead of the pack or lagging just behind, and watch the points pile up."
Ferguson has thus far visited Kansas, Louisville, Texas, Texas A&M, and Baylor. He said he's prioritizing a trip to Chapel Hill in the near future.
"I’m going to try and visit all my schools, especially North Carolina since I just got that offer," he said. "I’m going to try and go up there early next month.
"They haven’t talked to me about a date, but they probably will soon."