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H: 6' 8"|
W: 209 lbs
|RSCI: 53||Agent: Brian Samuels ||
High School: Hargrave Military Academy
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
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|2009 National Prep Showcase: Elite Prospects|
November 24, 2009
Isiah Thomas appears to have gotten a very good recruit relative to the competition FIU faces, and Dominique Ferguson (#35 Scout, #40 Rivals, #46 ESPN) showed some of his intrigue here. Ferguson is very long and fairly athletic, with a solidly built frame for his size. He's a bit stiff in some of his movements, but still shows good ability to elevate and is a rangy athlete with his offensive moves.
On the offensive end, he shows flashes from everywhere on the floor, hitting some perimeter shots, facing up with the ball, and doing damage in the post. His shooting form is decent, while he shows range to three-point land, but it still appears like this is an area of his game that could improve. Taking his man off the dribble, he uses long strides and can switch hands with the ball when finishing, but he doesn't appear to have much in terms of advanced moves and probably isn't much of an isolation threat.
In the post is where Ferguson shows the most potential for the college level, but he's simply not assertive enough with the ball, playing soft at times, despite showing the strength to establish great position on occasion. He shows flashes of hook shots and up-and-under moves, but he just isn't as effective as he could be here due to his lack of toughness and aggression.
On defense, Ferguson is a very capable shot blocker with his length and athleticism, sending back quite a few shots in his two games this weekend. His awareness looks questionable at times, but he has tools to make up for some of his lapses, and he should be a good interior defender against FIU's competition.
As an NBA prospect, there really isn't a great deal to say about Ferguson at this point. He may not have the elite explosiveness, skill level, or aggressive mentality to make it as an undersized four in his current state, and doesn't appear to have the shot creating skills or perimeter defense to be viewed at as a small forward prospect. That said, he's obviously still incredibly young and there's no telling what can change in the next few years. For now he looks like a phenomenal prospect for the Sun Belt Conference.
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Initial High School Player Scouting Reports, Part Two
August 22, 2009
Dominique Ferguson (#16 Scout, #40 Rivals, #46 ESPN) created quite a buzz last week when he decided to commit to Florida International and their extremely high-profile head coach Isiah Thomas. Thatís obviously a huge get for Thomas and certainly a commitment worth following to see how things shake out.
Fergusonís lofty recruiting rankings stem mostly from his upside from what we can tell, as he was not all that productive in the games we took in. He has average size for the power forward position, but seems to have a good frame, long arms and nice athleticism.
Offensively, Ferguson likes to face the basket, where he can make shots from the perimeter on occasion, but is better served using his physical tools around the rim at this point in time. He plays pretty hard in the paint, is a presence on the offensive glass and seems to have solid touch on his short-range shots, not possessing great strength or very advanced post-moves, but still being capable of making his presence felt from time to time.
Ferguson seems to fancy himself as a bit of a small forward, which is something weíll have to continue to study over time. Despite showing a very nice first step slashing to the basket in a straight line, his ball-handling skills look very raw and he clearly lacks experience and polish. He makes quite a few unforced errors, seemingly lacking some focus and not really knowing his limitations at this point. He struggled in particular on the defensive end, looking out of place and not very fundamentally sound, even if he was able to change some shots around the rim with his length.
Ferguson should be able to dominate the Sun Belt conference with his superior physical gifts, but he needs to be coached up significantly before he can be discussed further.
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