Hungry Jack's NBL
Ferguson ready for full-time basketball
Recent high school graduate Terrance Ferguson says he's ready to swap over from student and part-time athlete to full-time basketball player and prepare himself for the NBA Draft with a year in the NBL. “Man, I’m ready. I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready. I’m already getting chills imagining coming through that tunnel, wearing that jersey, hearing the crowd get excited. I can’t wait to show out. I’ve been working out three times a day trying to get my body in shape, pushing myself past my limits. I’m working nonstop on my off-the-dribble game, bringing the ball off screens, honing my one and two-dribble pull-ups, everything that’ll help me be successful in Australia. I can’t be scared, and I’ve got to be prepared," he said. Ferguson from Dallas, Texas is a 6’7” guard and is just under 190 lbs with a wing span of 6’9.5”. He participated in the McDonalds’s All-American Game and the Nike Hoop Summit representing the USA and winning a gold medal in Crete. “It was at the Nike Hoop Summit when the 36ers approached me. They really liked how I played, and started talking about how they could develop me even further. That’s what really got my attention.” “It was intriguing, really intriguing. At first I was going to turn them down, even though it sounded so good. But I wasn’t going to make a decision without my family. My mom, my brother and my sister have been there for me through everything. “So I gathered everyone together, and we talked. It was a long night. We discussed everything, the good and bad, pros and cons of both decisions. Moving half a world away from everything you know isn’t something you take lightly. Looking back, though, I don’t know how it took us so long to decide. “In terms of development, players from overseas are further along than players here. Just look at the last NBA Draft. In college, you have time limits on your workouts, you have class, you have so many other things taking up your time. Overseas, you’re on your own, playing in a grown man’s league. You’re working out twice a day, just focusing on basketball." Head Coach Joey Wright is excited to have the young star join the 36ers roster. "Terrance is considered by most NBA scouts as a future lottery pick because of his tenacious defence and accurate shooting ability. Terrance's athletic ability is by far superior to anything we have seen in a long time. “I see him fitting right in to our up-tempo offence and leading the charge on our full court pressure. It's always going to be an adjustment from high school to pro but if anyone can close that gap quickly, it's this young man.