After a slow start to the recruiting process, Arizona has certainly picked it up in the late period.
Coming off of setting a record for 3-pointers in the Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday, five-star wing Terrence Ferguson committed to the Wildcats on Wednesday night.
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Ferguson is one of the premier wings in the Class of 2016. He profiles well as a 3-and-D player, as he’s a solid (albeit streaky) shooter who also has terrific quickness and a great motor on the other end. He’ll also likely throw down quite a few highlight reel dunks, as his explosiveness and leaping ability are elite. He needs to improve as a ball-handler and shot creator, but there’s a chance Ferguson could be a one-and-done player by the time things are done.
He joins what is now a terrific recruiting class at Arizona that includes shooting guard Rawle Alkins, Finnish forward Lauri Markkanen and combo guard Kobi Simmons. The Wildcats now have the No. 3 recruiting class in the country according to 247Sports’ composite ranking, and given where they were entering the 2015-16 season, that’s pretty remarkable.
When preseason tipped for Arizona this season, Arizona had zero players committed to play for them and looked like it could be relatively left out of the loaded 2016 recruiting class. Then Markkanen committed, followed by Simmons in January, Alkins in March and now Ferguson to give them four five-star prospects in the class. Not a bad recovery by Sean Miller and staff, huh?
Ferguson adds to what is a loaded backcourt for Arizona next season. Along with Alkins and Simmons, the Wildcats still have rising sophomore Allonzo Trier, point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright and combo guard Kadeem Allen. Given their strength there and relative weakness in the frontcourt, it might not be crazy to see Arizona run four small players in the lineup at the same time occasionally.
The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 9 in the Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and One).