The Adidas May Classic began today at 7:00 in Bloomington, Indiana. The first couple of games weren’t short on action, just short on UK prospects. The late game did not disappoint in either aspect though. Dominique Ferguson and the SYF Players took on the Southern California All-Stars Black Team led by Anthony Brown, one of the nations top shooting guard prospects.
From a scouting standpoint, Ferguson was a bit underwhelming. He began the game with a three pointer from the wing but followed that up with misses from three point range, short range and directly under the basket. He seemed to lack aggression at the start which led to bad decisions and turnovers. After the half, there was a period of around five minutes where Ferguson shined. First he cleaned up the boards with a put back followed by a lob dunk on an in bounding play. A burst of energy led to a transition basket where Ferguson showed his dribbling ability as well as his ability to finish while at full speed. He quickly faded though, mostly because of having to man up with Anthony Brown who had a marvelous showing in his first game at the Classic, leading his team to a buzzer beating win in overtime. When asked about his performance, Ferguson noted that he had not seen live action in over three weeks because of nagging back spasms which would explain why he seemed a little out of shape and winded during most of his appearances.
On the recruiting front it seems that Coach Crean and Indiana are making Ferguson a top priority. When asked about coaches that have been in contact with him recently he said that, of all the coaches, Coach Crean and IU have “definitely shown the most enthusiasm.” UL was mentioned as well, with Ferguson stating that both Coaches McCarty and Pitino had attended his last open gym session and that McCarty has contacted him on many occasions to express interest in him attending Louisville.
Calipari and his coaching staff have also been in contact. Ferguson said that, although he wasn’t totally familiar with the DDM offense, he had heard that Coach Calipari’s style would be the type of offense that would let him play and suit his abilities well.
Parts of the former UK coaching regime have contacted Dominique also. Ferguson said that Coach Webster, now a part of the Depaul coaching staff, had contacted him many times recently. As a result Depaul can be added to his list of suitors that includes Indiana, UCLA, Kentucky, Arizona, Texas, Louisville and Florida. After going overseas to France with Adidas Nation, he hopes to find time to visit Indiana again followed by trips to UCLA, Texas, Arizona, and Florida. Tomorrow is jam packed with basketball action so expect a few more updates through the course of the day.