Longtime veteran NBA point guard Avery Johnson, who won an NBA Title with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999, and new head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide has made his first big splash in recruiting, luring electric shooting guard Terrence Ferguson to commit to the Tide for the ’16-’17 season.
The 6-foot-7 wing that plays his high school ball at Prime Prep in Dallas,Texas, chose the Crimson Tide over a long list of high level schools that included Kansas, Louisville, Baylor and North Carolina.
Ferguson is known as one of the most exciting players in all of the nation for his freakish athleticism and video game-like dunks that earned him the nickname “2K” after the legendary series “NBA 2K”.
He was one of 4 players playing for Team USA in the U19 World Championships this Summer, and averaged 11.7 ppg on the Under Armor Elite AAU circuit this Spring and Summer.
Ferguson is a legitimate Top 15 rated recruit in the 2016 Class per ESPN, and a potential one-and-done type talent.
The rising senior is a prototype wing player that the NBA drools over in the modern NBA, one that oozes athleticism, is a above average long range shooter, and strong defender in the mold of Indiana Pacers star Paul George. While an elite prospect, he still has some weaknesses like ball-handling, scoring off the dribble, and adding bulk to a thin frame.
Adding Ferguson could be just the start of things for Johnson at Alabama, who despite just making the NCAA Tournament 3 times in the past decade, could now be in the running for other top uncommitted recruits from the Dallas area like 6-10 Marques Bolden(#15 in 2016), who might wish to “team up”, in an attempt to challenge in the Kentucky dominated SEC.
There’s no doubt that Johnson’s NBA pedigree as a former player and coach will go along way in recruiting as most all elite high school recruits have a long term goal of one day playing in the Association.
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.