Thunder Take Oklahoma Native With 21st Pick
By Randy Renner, Senior Writer
19-year-old shooting guard Terrance Ferguson played in Australia last season, the first U.S. high schooler to do so, but he’s coming home now.
Home to Oklahoma.
Ferguson was born in Tulsa then he and his family moved to Dallas when he was in middle school. He became a star at Prime Prep Academy and Advance Prep International where he became a McDonald’s High School All-American.
He had committed to Arizona but then decided to sign an offer from the Adelaide 36ers in Australia where he played against pros.
Ferguson has good size for a shooting guard, 6-7, 185 with a 6-9 wingspan.
In his one season in the Aussie league he played 15.1 minutes per game and averaged 4.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting on twos and 31.3 percent on threes.
He’s won three gold medals with USA Basketball at the youth and junior national levels.
Scouts say Ferguson has outstanding mechanics and deep range on his jump shot. He’s comfortable in catch-and-shoot situations and is a solid defender who uses his length and quickness to contest shoots on the perimeter.
ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla called Ferguson “the ultimate 3 and D guy down the road.” Ferguson could end up being a replacement for Andre Roberson if OKC can’t resign him.