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Cards jump in the mix for '16 star Ferguson
Already a top-20 prospect in the Class of 2016, Dallas Prime Prep shooting guard Terrance Ferguson has played well enough this spring and early summer to pick up even more attention on the recruiting trail. The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Ferguson has been lighting it up for MWA Elite and was a top performer at the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp last weekend. Ferguson, who is ranked as the No. 17 player in the '16 class and No. 4 shooting guard by Scout.com, has seen his recruitment pick up a great deal. "It's crazy now," Ferguson said. "It's been crazy since June 15, just crazy. A lot of phone calls and a lot of new offers." Ferguson said the new offers since the coaches could contact juniors – on June 15 – have come from Louisville, Kansas and Wake Forest and has fielded calls from North Carolina and "a whole lot of other" schools." Ferguson said U of L assistant coach Wyking Jones was the first to call at midnight on June 15 and said he was "a good and funny guy." While he's still learning more about the situation at U of L and the program, Ferguson said he understands the history of the program and knows that U of L coach Rick Pitino is "one of the best best." "It's one of the greatest programs in the country, has been for a long time," he said. "I love the pace of the game and the coaches. I like them." Ferguson said Arkansas, SMU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Baylor were showing him the most interest, while also listing Texas and Texas A&M. But he said he's "nowhere near" ready to make a decision, but he is ready to try and keep improving his game and he's working on it this summer. He was solid at the NBPA top 100 camp and has a busy slate the rest of the summer. "Playing against the best and against older kids is making me tougher mentally and physically," Ferguson said. "It's really helped me out a lot with toughness." Ferguson said he felt his toughness was the biggest question mark that some college coaches and scouts had about him coming into the summer. "Oh yeah, that's the one thing they told me I really needed to work on," he said. "There's different ways to get tougher, like when you make a mistake and just keep your head in it. Go to the next play after the mistake. "So, that's one way and another is just playing better competition, tough competition, very good competition."
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