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Arizona Set Up For Success with Ferguson

April 12th, 2016 News No Comments

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Jason Thai

With Terrance Ferguson’s commitment to Arizona, the Wildcats have a young, talented roster heading into next season. Ferguson is a 6’7” prototypical athletic wing with a 6’10” wingspan who can really shoot the three and play defense. He won’t turn 18 years old until May 17th, and will surely fill out and get much stronger with the help of Chris Rounds and the strength and conditioning program.

It has been a busy six weeks for Ferguson, below is a breakdown:

March 1st – decommitted from Alabama
March 24th – official visit to Arizona
March 30th – McDonald’s All American game in Chicago
April 9th – Nike Hoop Summit in Portland

Although it would have been nice to get Josh Jackson, Ferguson could very well end up being a better fit. Jackson has a tremendous motor and toughness, but lacks the outside shooting of Ferguson. In Saturday’s Nike Hoop Summit game, Ferguson scored 21 points and was 7-11 from deep and made six in a four-minute stretch in the first half. The past several Arizona teams have sorely needed reliable outside shooting and Ferguson along with Allonzo Trier should be deadly from long range next year.

Here’s an updated list of players and positions they could play next season:

Returning
Parker Jackson-Cartwright
Kadeem Allen
Allonzo Trier
Ray Smith
Chance Comanche
Dusan Ristic

Newcomers
Kobi Simmons (ranked 21 via 247 Sports)
Rawle Alkins (ranked 18 via 247 Sports)
Terrance Ferguson (ranked 15 via 247 Sports)
Lauri Markannen (ranked 24 via 247 Sports)

Next year’s team will have an abundance of length and versatility and Coach Miller could still add two or three more players. What this past year’s team lacked was toughness and athleticism, particularly on the wing and Arizona has definitely improved on that weakness and made it a strength. With the influx of new talent along with a healthy Ray Smith and return of Allonzo Trier, Arizona looks primed to again be the team to beat in the Pac-12 and make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.

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