Five-star Terrance Ferguson will play overseas next season and not at Arizona

Five-star Terrance Ferguson will play overseas next season and not at Arizona

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Five-star Terrance Ferguson will play overseas next season and not at Arizona

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Terrance Ferguson's HS coach says he's not headed overseas. Photo: USA Basketball)

Terrance Ferguson will play overseas and not for Arizona. (Photo: USA Basketball)

In April, Advanced Prep International (Dallas) shooting guard lit the World Select Team up for 21 points, all on three-pointers, to help the USA Junior National Select Team roll to a 101-67 win at the Nike Hoop Summit.

Turns out that dominant experience against foreign competition will come in handy for the 6-foot-7 marksman.

Ferguson has decided to play overseas instead of enrolling at Arizona, where he committed in April, according to the school. He is pursuing an opportunity with the Adelaide 36ers in Australia, according to reports.

API coach Ray Forsett has been adamant that Ferguson’s decision would be “strictly in the best interest of his family” and had nothing to do with eligibility issues at Arizona. Ferguson was in the process of appealing a recent NCAA decision not to accept classes at API.

“We’re 100 percent committed to taking care of our kids like we always have been.,” Forsett recently told USA TODAY High School Sports. “We’ve been transparent with the NCAA the whole way.”

Two years ago, Emmanuel Mudiay, who played at Dallas’ Prime Prep, played a season overseas in China rather than spending a season at SMU. Forsett coached Mudiay at Prime Prep before the school closed its doors.

Arizona has been burned in this manner before, too, as Brandon Jennings signed with the Wildcats before opting to play overseas in 2008.

Ferguson will be eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft and could be a top 10 pick.

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