The Oklahoma City Thunder‘s night was quiet but overall they did make a selection, drafting Terrance Ferguson with No. 21 in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The Thunder were mentioned multiple times throughout Thursday as a team that could make some noise in the draft but ended up getting a quality shooting guard that recently played in Australia.
Born in Tulsa, Okla., Ferguson decided to forego the college lifestyle and head down under and played for the Adelaide 36ers this season in the Australian Basketball League. His statistics are not going to wow you but he shows real upside for someone who’s only 19 years old.
He averaged only 4.6 points in 15 game minutes for the 36ers and only 31.3 percent from beyond the three-point line. However, he showed flashes of what made him so special coming out of high school.
Ranked No. 11 in the 2017 ESPN Top 150 out of Advanced Preparatory International. The NCAA ruled API’s courses weren’t qualified and those who attended would not meet the certificates by the NCAA Clearinghouse. The NCAA had suspicion API was not a prep academy, nor an advanced school. It was considered to be a basketball factory. Ferguson, who originally committed to Arizona, spent last season in Australia due to the issue.
Ferguson went down under but he’s come back stateside. He says he’s coming home and excited to play for the Thunder.
He’s already said he’s going to wear No. 23. Yes, the Thunder did not retire it after Dion Waiters left.
Ferguson was a great shooter in high school and continued to impress in the Nike Hoops Summit, hitting seven three pointers in a row for Team USA. He has a strong dribble pull-up and is great in transition.
Ferguson is a great defender and has unlimited potential on that side of the ball. He could develop into a nice “3-and-D” player in the NBA. He is extremely athletic and has nice bounce.
He isn’t worried about his shot attempt numbers and looks to make the extra pass. He has a lot of confidence and is only 19 years old which means unlimited potential. He gets nice elevation on his jumper that would allow him to shoot over the top of defenders.
Ferguson is not a great ball handler and can be a little out of control. He at times doesn’t go anywhere with his dribble. He has a ton of athleticism but sometimes looks lost on the court like he doesn’t know how to use the ball.
Ferguson has a super smooth jumper but it is also very streaky. He doesn’t really have another dimension to his game besides spot-up shooting and crazy athleticism/defense. He struggles to create his own shot sometimes and isn’t a huge play maker.
He is only 186 pounds which generates concern, as he’s not as bulky as most NBA shooting guards. Right now, he is limited to mostly catch-and-shoot jumpers, but he definitely has room and time for improvement.
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