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Terrance Ferguson is a pro basketball player who plies his trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. He was a standout player in high school finishing as one of the most promising prospects of the Class of 2016. Though he received several basketball scholarship offers, he opted to skip college and move overseas to launch his professional career. He returned to the United States after the 2016-17 season and was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft.
Who is Terrance Ferguson?
Terrance Eugene Ferguson was born on May 17, 1998, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At a young age, his family moved to Dallas, Texas where he schooled at Prime Prep Academy. He was an early bloomer as his winning ways started right from his first year on the Prime Prep basketball team. He averaged 10 points per game in his freshman (2012-13) season helping his school clinch the 2013 NACA Division I Tournament title with a 38–2 record. His impressive performance earned him NACA All-Tournament Team designation as well as the NACA Tournament MVP honors.
Despite having started on a high note, Ferguson’s high school career was thwarted in January 2015 when his school Prime Prep was shut down due to alleged misappropriation of funds. The talented youngster, a few of his classmates and their team coach moved to Advanced Preparatory International, a new institution established in place of their former school. There, he had his senior season (2015-16) during which he averaged 17.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He featured in the 2016 editions of the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Nike Hoop Summit earning MVP honors in the latter. He was also the slam dunk champion of the 2016 Ballislife All-American Game.
Terrance Ferguson was the toast of several college recruiters by the time he got out of high school. He received numerous college basketball offers starting from his junior season. He made a verbal commitment to the University of Alabama as early as August 2015, however, he never got to sign a letter of intent with the school. He eventually de-committed from Alabama in March 2016 and a month later, he switched his allegiance to the University of Arizona. His commitment to Arizona only lasted till June 2016 when it was first reported that the talented player was going to skip college entirely. It was eventually confirmed by the end of the month that Ferguson had dropped the possibility of a college career for a chance to start off his professional career at an overseas club.
Terrance Ferguson got signed to the Adelaide 36ers, an Australian professional basketball club on July 1, 2016. He had a successful run with the 36ers his first and only season averaging 4.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game and helping the team to a first-place finish in the 2016-17 regular NBL season. However, the team was only able to make it to the semi-final stage of the 2017 NBL Finals.
Ferguson returned to the United States at the end of the season to get ready for the 2017 NBA Draft. He was eventually selected in the first round by the Oklahoma City Thunder as the 21st overall pick of the draft. He got signed to a rookie contract in July 2017. He was at some point assigned to the Oklahoma City Blue, the G-league affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder, however, the decision was quickly rescinded. He eventually got his fair share of playing time in the NBA making 61 total appearances with 12 starts. For his rookie season, Ferguson recorded a scoring average of 3.1 points in 12.5 minutes per game.
Terrance Ferguson’s parents are Rachelle Holdman and Terrance Ferguson Sr. He grew up with 2 older siblings, a brother named Brandon and a sister Brittany. Growing up, his mother worked multiple jobs to cater for the family as his father was not in the picture. Theirs is a close-knit family and according to the NBA star, his decision to skip college and turn pro straight out of high school was all in a bid to provide a better life for his family
Height and Other Body Stats
Terrance Ferguson is 6 feet 7 inches (201 cm) in height. He keeps his athletic physique at a body weight of 83 kg (184 lbs). Though he has a relatively slight build, Ferguson is quite the well-rounded player as he combines a great defensive ability in addition to his incredible shooting range.