GARDEN GROVE, Calif – Terrance Ferguson is known for his athletic exploits and deadly three-point shooting. These strengths are why Roy Williams and the rest of the Tar Heel coaching staff has been in hot pursuit of the talented wing from Texas.
“I’ve been talking to them,” said Ferguson. “Roy has been calling every day, Hubert has been calling every day, so they really want me. Roy actually compared me to Justin Jackson and I actually played against him when I was in high school. He was home schooled, we’re both home schooled. He probably went for about 40 on us. But he just said I’m Justin Jackson, with more athleticism, so just being like him would be great.”
While Jackson prefers to do his damage inside the arc, Ferguson prefers to rise high above the rim for an alley-oop dunk or spot up from wing for a picture perfect jumper where he can let shots fly with his quick release. This past weekend at the prestigious adidas Nations tournament Ferguson averaged 15.3 points per game. Over half of his shots were three-pointers, which he converted at a 46.3 percent clip.
“My shooting and athleticism are my strengths, but now I’m working on my post game, just as a taller guard,” said Ferguson. “That way when shorter guards guard me it’ll be easier to make plays and get shots.”
With Ferguson’s senior year on the horizon, he will have time to rest up for a few weeks after a long and grueling summer.
“It was bittersweet,” said Ferguson. “This was the best AAU season I ever had. We made it to the final four in about every tournament we played in. We had some tough losses at the end but we all came together as family and came together at the end.”
“We’re all tired, but we are pushing through it,” noted Ferguson. “It’s just great to play with some of the great players. Against some of the best players. It helps me on both offense and defense. It’s starting to break down, but I’m not letting it. I’m just pushing through. I’ve had a long summer with USA Basketball, camp, then Under Armour. I’m just trying to push through it.”
To kick things off in the summer, Ferguson was one of four high school players named to the USA U19 team that travelled to Greece for the FIBA World Championships. Having played previously on the U16 and U17 teams, Ferguson was familiar with the international style of play, but he still needed to get used to playing against the older competition.
“Man, that was way different than any experience,” said Ferguson. “It’s hard to explain, but that experience was unbelievable. Just playing with the college guys, and future NBA players overseas. Even someone on Argentina got drafted (Juan Pablo Vaulet was drafted No. 39). We scrimmaged them first and then before we played them again he got drafted to the NBA, so we actually played against him. It was unbelievable.
During the trip to Greece Ferguson started in six out of the seven games and averaged 6.1 points per game while helping the U.S. win the gold medal. After watching his performance with the U.S. team one NBA executive noted that Ferguson was a future lottery pick.
Given all of the accolades, the 6-7 wing has numerous potential suitors. Prior to adidas Nations, some recruiting writers speculated he was on the verge of deciding between Kansas and Alabama.
“No, no, no,” Ferguson said shaking his head. “Not at all. I read the same thing. I wanted to reply, but I had to leave it. I’m looking at all my schools. I’m trying to. It’s hard. It’s like the hardest decision you can ever make to cut your list. I thought committing would be hard, but just cutting your list is hard.”
“First of I want to visit the school, then talk to recent players and past players to see how they like the school and then the pros and cons from the school and then take all that information and go from there.
“I’m pretty much open to all schools. Just trying to find the best fit, match my playing style with their playing style. I’m looking at playing style and the best coaching staff I can be around. I want run and gun. Getting up and down, up and down. That what I like. It just helps me, my athleticism and shooting on the break. I just fit into that style well.”
Schools such as Kansas, Texas, Alabama, SMU, and Baylor have prioritized Ferguson; however he said he is intrigued by the latest interest from North Carolina.
“Oh, most definitely,” Ferguson said of UNC. “I’m most definitely going to visit. I’m trying to find an open date. I’m always busy, so just trying to find an open date.”
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