In early August, Tulsa native and five-star guard Terrance Ferguson uttered that one word that Kansas fans hoped to avoid hearing throughout his recruitment: “Alabama.” Terrance “2K” Ferguson, the No. 13 recruit in the class of 2016 according to ESPN, decided to commit to the Crimson Tide. Other teams in the mix included Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and North Carolina.After countless weeks of anticipation and curiosity in all of recruiting nationwide, it was ‘Bama that appealed to Ferguson the most.
Before his decision, the 18-year-old, 6’5″, 180 lbs. wing went through an up-and-down recruitment. Kansas was originally considered to be a heavy favorite to land Ferguson, but Alabama was the final choice, a decision that surprised some people. Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson did a good job of getting him interested in the rising Alabama program.
Several recruiting analysts agreed that Ferguson’s foundation with Alabama wasn’t solid during his period of commitment, and he even posted a tweet referencing Kansas’ 12th straight Big 12 title on Saturday. It was no surprise that Ferguson wasn’t steady with the Crimson Tide. After all, it Ferguson hesitated signing his LOI (letter of intent), even in the months after committing to Alabama.
It is also only a matter of time until other schools attempt to pounce on the five-star guard. It’s hard not to want him. With his incredible speed and unlimited range, Ferguson would be a deadly threat for any Division I school in 2017. Baylor, shockingly, is the current lead on Ferguson’s crystal ball. Ferguson was in attendance at the Baylor vs. Kansas game in the Ferrell Center last week. The Jayhawks were able to handle the Bears on Tuesday night in Waco, winning 66-60. After the game, Ferguson spent time in the KU locker room with the team.
As of now, the Bears have the upper hand on 247 Sports’ Crystal Ball, holding steady at about 60% of the projections. Kansas holds the second-place slot with about 30% of the votes. Based on the events that took place last fall, Mr. Ferguson is going to take his time on this one and think it through. I guess we will see in a matter of time where he will wind up attending, but the Jayhawk faithful remains hopeful that Kansas can cap off its recruiting with a five-star land in Ferguson.