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Arizona basketball recruiting: Terrance Ferguson may be considering playing overseas instead of enrolling at the UA

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New commit Terrance Ferguson shoots the ball during a high school basketball game in his hometown, Dallas. Ferguson committed to Arizona on Wednesday and brings a quality 3-point shot.

Five-star basketball recruit Terrance Ferguson is considering playing professionally overseas instead of enrolling at the UA, sources told 247Sports.com

There is concern about whether or not Ferguson, a product of Advanced Preparatory International in Dallas, Texas, would academically qualify to play Arizona, and SportsNet New York reports that Arizona and Ferguson will receive clarity on the situation sometime this week. Ferguson has been taking NCAA-approved online classes.

If Ferguson fails to qualify, “then he is going overseas,” a source told SportsNet New York.

Yet, it remains possible that Ferguson decides to play overseas even if he qualifies.

Ferguson is ranked as the No.11 recruit in the nation by ESPN, and is one of four five-star recruits that UA head coach Sean Miller has landed as part of Arizona’s top-5 2016 recruiting class.

The 6-foot-7 forward, known for his shooting ability and athleticism, committed to Arizona on April 13 and officially signed with the Wildcats in May, according to Miller.

However, Miller said in a press conference last week that Ferguson had not signed a National Letter of Intent, but rather another document — likely financial aid paperwork — that officially made him a Wildcat, and perhaps making it easier for Ferguson to renege on his commitment to Arizona if he chooses to do so.

If Ferguson does decide to play overseas, the likely destination is Australia, and it’s assumed he would play there for one year before becoming NBA Draft-eligible in 2017. Ferguson is projected as a first-round draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, according to NBADraft.net

A source also told 247Sports.com that, should Ferguson skip college, he’s expected to sign an endorsement deal with Under Armour.


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