- Good size for his position
- Exceptional athleticism allows him to potentially become a versatile defender
- Very solid perimeter defender
- Always displays confident body language on the court
- Lack of ball handling skills holds him back from creating on offense, also limits the positions he can play
- Slight frame needs to continue filling out. Weak interior defense, and ability to take contact will improve as he gets stronger
- Streaky shooter due to inconsistent jump shot. Repetition will be key to mastering this skill.
NBA projection: The downside with Ferguson is that whichever team drafts him will have to develop him from the ground up. The upside is that his raw skills combined with the physical attributes make him a prospect with a serious amount of potential down the road. He will likely see a large chunk of time in the D-league next season.
Ferguson made headlines last summer when he decided to end his commitment to the University of Arizona and take a nice salary to join Adelaide in Australia. He lost out on possibly playing double the amount of minutes he could have if he had played at Arizona, as he competed against professionals in a strong overseas league. His role on the team was that of a bench player, and even though his stats aren’t so sexy, most believe he has solid potential. His team made it to the playoff semi-finals.
Key Statistics: 30 GP, 15.1 MPG, 4.6 PPG, 44% 2P, 31% 3P, 60% FT, 1.2 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.3 BPG, 1.0 TPG, (NBL Australia)
Career Highlights: Has won three gold medals with USA Basketball at the youth and junior national levels. A 2016 McDonald’s High School All-American. Verbally committed to the University of Alabama the summer after his high school junior year before re-opening his recruitment in the spring of his senior campaign and verbally committing to Arizona. Following a scintillating performance in the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit, was recruited by the Adelaide 36ers of Australia’s NBL. Elected to turn pro in June and sign with the 36ers rather than attend college.
Cool Statistic: Ferguson has always been an accomplished international athlete, being part of 1st place teams at the U-19 and U-17 World Championships and the U-16 FIBA Americas Championships with Team USA.
Reminds me of: Maurice Harkless
What Insiders Say
Chris Denker, NetScouts Basketball
“This is the one player in the 2017 draft that will test the system. Can a player who is raw, needs major skill development, but has athletic potential, work his way through NBA Summer League, the NBADL, and a couple seasons of coaching to become a legitimate NBA player? Somebody will roll the dice and hope their staff can help Ferguson pass that test.”
Neil Johnson, ESPN Analytics
“The reality is, when looking at how Ferguson compares to peers, nothing sticks out as particularly exceptional. Only time will tell whether some of the more alarming metrics can be chalked up to a lack of experience. GMs will have to weigh the numbers versus Ferguson's potential, and hope they find the right balance.”
Carl Berman, NetScouts Basketball
“The NBA draft is all about potential and Ferguson is all that. 15 minutes a game in Australia really doesn't say a lot about Fergusons current abilities. He appears to be a spot-up shooter with good size and a good attitude. He's a risky first round pick but the potential is there. He's likely at least a year or two away from making any impact in the NBA."
Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report
“His athleticism and jumper are suited for the open-gym setting. Ferguson should force teams to look past his off year shooting from three, particularly since he drilled seven triples at the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit. His 18 total assists in 17 games highlight minimal playmaking skills, which damages his value, especially if he plans on playing 2-guard.”
Carl Berman and Chris Denker are Managing Partners of NetScouts Basketball, ‘The International Basketball Connection.’ You can follow NetScouts Basketball on Twitter, or follow Chris and Carl. Thanks to Ronnie Levi of our staff for his work on these profiles.