After averaging 15.4 points and 7.2 boards as a sophomore at Georgia Southern, Eric Ferguson was looked at by many as one of the best mid-major players in the country.
But those numbers dipped during his junior campaign, particularly late in the season, as Ferguson battled through a knee injury that he said left him playing at 50% during the Southern Conference Tournament last March.
The injury was bad enough that Ferguson underwent surgery in April, and since he’s not yet healthy, the rising senior has opted to redshirt during the 2013-2014 season, according to reports.
Ferguson will turn 24 this October, meaning that he’ll be 25 years old by the time that he’s playing his final year. One thing to keep an eye: if Ferguson graduates after this academic year, he’d be a candidate for the graduate transfer rule.
There are plenty of high-major programs out there that could use Ferguson as a role player for one season.
This is pretty nice from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who has made a habit out of getting themselves on the highlight reel.
Here’s another angle of the dunk:
The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.
The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.
They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.
That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.
So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.
Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me: