Add five-star shooting guard Terrence Ferguson to the growing list of players taking alternate routes to the pros in lieu of college. According to 247 Sports’ Jerry Meyer, the Arizona commit is expected to play overseas for a season instead of enrolling at Arizona this fall. If you’re looking for some hints why Ferguson wants to go this route, he apparently already has an endorsement deal lined up with Under Armour, which sponsored his travel team.
Kentucky never offered Ferguson, who committed to Alabama last August before decommitting in March and pledging himself to Sean Miller at Arizona in April. Interestingly, he played for Advanced Preparatory International in Dallas, an offshoot of the former Prime Prep Academy that Emmanuel Mudiay attended. (Mudiay also bypassed his freshman year at SMU to play in China after eligibility concerns; Prime Prep closed in January 2015 due to financial insolvency.)
After a year overseas (Australia is his rumored destination), Ferguson will be eligible for the 2017 Draft, for which NBADraft.net projects has him as the 20th pick. Crazy enough, this is the second elite commit Arizona has lost to the overseas-to-the-pros route. In 2008, Brandon Jennings went to Italy instead of playing for Arizona before being selected 10th in the 2009 NBA Draft. Despite being a top ten draft pick, most point to Jennings as a cautionary tale for players going overseas before the draft instead of college.