The Oklahoma City Thunder have selected Terrance Ferguson, the 19 year-old shooting guard from Australia, with the 21st overall pick in the NBA Draft.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 23, 2017
As a shooting guard for the Adelaide 36ers, Ferguson posted per game averages of 4.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 15 minutes of play. Ferguson shot 38 percent from the field and 31% from three-point range.
Although Ferguson played professionally in Australia, he hails from a familiar place to most Thunder fans: Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ferguson played his high school ball at Advanced Prep International in Dallas.
He seems to be excited about coming to Oklahoma City:
— Terrance Ferguson (@the2kferguson) June 23, 2017
Ferguson decided to forgo a college career to play professionally in Australia.
Ferguson, despite his limited play in the Australian NBL, exhibited deep range and solid mechanics on his jump shot. He especially excelled at catch-and-shoot situations. He’s also a plus defender who showed great lateral quickness. Ferguson is also a high flyer, able to use his leaping ability to get to the rim and throw it down.
On the other hand, Ferguson is slight at 185 lbs. considering his 6’7″ frame. He also struggles to get to the line, averaging just two attempts per 40 minutes. He also struggled to create his shot at times.
On the surface, Ferguson shows a lot of promise, but he is a raw prospect who may need several seasons to reach an impactful level of play.