Arizona landed a huge commitment from one of the top players in the class of 2016 in shooting guard Terrance Ferguson. At 6-7, Ferguson is an electric athlete and spectacular dunker but he’s also a deadeye three point shooter. Ferguson gives Arizona instant offense and an enormous boost to the 2016-17 roster.
Originally from Dallas, TX, Ferguson first committed to Alabama but later opened up his recruitment. Ferguson ultimately chose Arizona over Kansas, North Carolina, and a litany of other offers, and was coveted by virtually every big time program in the country.
After visiting Arizona in March, Ferguson ultimately felt comfortable enough to choose the Wildcats.
“Arizona is a great program, one of the top basketball schools in the entire country,” Ferguson said. “I wanted to make the right decision for me and that was Arizona.”
Ferguson has ties with head coach Sean Miller, who coached him in international play with the Team USA U19 squad. That relationship was a huge factor in Ferguson’s comfort level with Arizona.
“He’s a great coach and teacher,” Ferguson said of Miller. “I got to experience that firsthand and I’m just excited to work on my game with the coaching staff we have.”
As one of the elite players in the class of 2016, Ferguson has been pegged as a future pro. But he said he’s focused on other things.
“My main goal is to get better and to win a championship,” Ferguson said. “We have a really bright future as a group.”
Ferguson gives Arizona something that Miller era teams have typically lacked — elite shooting from the backcourt. With his ability to shoot from distance and his top flight athleticism, Ferguson could be the element to put Arizona’s offense over the top.
“It’s a really good fit for me,” Ferguson said, “I can do a lot of things that can help the team and the coaching staff really knows how to put players in a position to succeed.”
Ferguson is a gem in what is turning out to be a star-studded recruiting class for Arizona, who also welcomed commitments from top 25 players in 6-5 point guard Kobi Simmons and 6-5 small forward Rawle Alkins. The Wildcats also landed a commitment from 7 foot center Lauri Markkanen, a five star prospect out of Finland.
All four of those players are capable of contributing next season, which gives Arizona a very promising roster with hopes of a National Championship.
“We have a lot of talent on this roster, a lot of guys who can do different things and contribute,” Ferguson said. “Our potential is through the roof and I’m just excited to get to work.”
Ferguson is sure to be a future fan favorite at McKale Center with his ability to throw down dazzling dunks, and he had some words for Arizona fans that are eagerly awaiting his arrival in Tucson.
“The fans at Arizona are amazing, they support the team as much as any fanbase out there,” he said. “Bear Down.”
Check out some highlights of Ferguson’s high school career below: