ESPN.com – Like every other college basketball player with a lick of talent, Dominique Ferguson has one goal: to play in the NBA. So when it came to picking his college, Ferguson decided to go with a coach who played, coached and evaluated talent in the NBA.
In a decision sure to stun many in the basketball community, Ferguson, rated the No. 8 rising senior in the ESPN 100, gave a verbal commitment to Florida International on Friday.
“It’s just about the tremendous respect I have for Coach [Isiah] Thomas,” Ferguson said. “Everybody wants to get to the next level and when you make a commitment it’s about who you think can get you there. A lot of coaches can and do, but he’s been there.”
Adding Ferguson to the FIU roster next year counts as a huge get for Thomas, about to embark on his rookie season at the collegiate level. Ferguson, who will attend Hargrave Military Academy this year, is a 6-foot-8 power forward who is equally comfortable on the arc as at the rim.
The Indianapolis native was considering Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana and UCLA.
FIU never factored on any of his lists.
Even Ferguson contends his choice came somewhat out of left field.
“I had kind of forgotten he was coaching there,” Ferguson said. “Then when we talked on the phone after they were allowed to make phone calls. Coach Thomas, his entire staff, the city, it was an easy choice for me.”
Courtesy of Dana O’Neil of ESPN.com
Not really much to say here. The fact that this came out of left field is a little bit of an understatement. I think we all can agree that we thought Isiah Thomas would create a better recruiting landscape at Florida International. But, I do not think anyone expected him to be scooping up Top Ten recruits.