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Ferguson pledges to Arizona

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Five-star 2016 small forward Terrance Ferguson has committed to Arizona, he announced Wednesday evening.

A one-time Alabama commit, the 6-foot-7 wing is a consensus top-20 player in his class chose the Wildcats over Baylor, Kansas, Maryland, N.C. State and North Carolina.

Arizona’s Sean Miller, who coached Ferguson on Team USA, has another sterling recruiting class that has three other top-25 commits in Lauri Markkanen, Rawle Alkins and Kobi Simmons, which will make the Wildcats a Pac-12 favorite and potentially a preseason top-10 team with Allonzo Trier deciding to forestall the NBA at least one year.

Ferguson is regarded as an elite athlete that excels in transition who is also a superior defender. He recently was a top performer at the Nike Hoop Summit game where he went off for 21 points on seven made 3-pointers.

Josh Jackson wins Elite 24 dunk contest with off-the-backboard, between-the-legs dunk

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Josh Jackson, rated the top player in the Class of 2016 by Rivals, won the Under Armour Elite 24 Dunk Contest on Friday night at Pier 2 in Brooklyn with an off-the-backboard, between-the-legs dunk for his second perfect score of the night. Jackson defeated Baylor commit Mark Vital in the finals.

Terrance Ferguson, the five-star wing who committed to Alabama on Monday, won the 3-point contest.

The 6-foot-7 Jackson added to an impressive summer. In July, the rising high school senior started on USA Basketball U19 team that won the FIBA World Championships in Greece. After averaging 19.2 points per game for 1 Nation in the Under Armour Association, Jackson broke the scoring record at the Big Strick Classic with a 50-point performance earlier this month.

Jackson will look to build on Friday night’s showing on Saturday night in the 10th annual Under Armour Elite 24.

Avery Johnson lands commitment from five-star wing at Alabama

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Terrance Ferguson has committed to Alabama, he announced on Monday.

“I am proud to announce that I will be furthering my education and basketball career at The University of Alabama,” he wrote on twitter.

Ferguson is a 6-foot-6 wing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, that has played for Prime Prep the past three years. A five-star prospect ranked No. 11 in the class, according to Rivals, Ferguson has a reputation for being one of the best shooters in all of high school basketball. He’s an elite athlete that has played for Team USA at multiple levels throughout high school. He needs to add some strength to his frame at some point, but players with his size, athleticism and shooting ability are hard to come by.

Ferguson visited the Tuscaloosa campus two weeks ago. He picked the Crimson Tide over Kansas, who was long-considered the leader for Ferguson. The connection between a kid from Oklahoma who went to high school in Texas is his AAU program. Ferguson played for MWA Elite, a program run by former Alabama star and current NBA player Mo Williams.

This is the second five-star commitment in the span of two days for the state of Alabama, as top 25 recruit Mustapha Heron made his pledge to Auburn on Sunday. The two commitments have continued a trend, as the SEC continues to get stronger on the recruiting trail. Last season, it was LSU landing talents like Ben Simmons and Antonio Blakeney, while Mississippi State brought in Malik Newman. Throw in the addition of coaches like Ben Howland, Rick Barnes, Bruce Pearl and Johnson, and the grip Kentucky has on the conference is not as strong as it was two years ago.

High-flying 2016 guard Terrance Ferguson has a new highlight video

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While Terrance Ferguson is a guard of many talents, the 2016 prospect is undoubtedly one of the top dunkers in the class. More often than not Ferguson jumps high enough to reach eye level with the rim, resulting in some incredible finishes. Saturday Courtside Films released Ferguson’s latest mixtape, full of highlights from his summer playing with the Mo Williams Academy grassroots program.

While Ferguson hasn’t narrowed down his list of schools, he did take an unofficial visit to Alabama earlier this week and holds a number of offers from high-major programs.

Video credit: Courtside Films

Highlights from 2015 adidas Nations

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Team Rose, which included Lonzo Ball, Kobi Simmons, Edrice Adebayo, Rawle Alkins, and Mustapha Heron, defeated Team Wall, 113-93 on Monday night at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California to win the 2015 adidas Nations.

Alkins, the five-star guard down to 10 schools, scored a game-high 26 points. Markelle Fultz led Team Wall with 14.

The field at the 2015 adidas Nations also included the nation’s top point guard, Dennis Smith Jr., who averaged 16.0 points and 7.6 assists per game in the showcase, as well as Wenyen Gabriel, July’s biggest stock-riser, wh helped Team Africa finish third.

Frank Jackson and Terrance Ferguson, ranked Nos. 10 and 11 by Rivals, played in the same back court for Team Wall, the runner-up in the event.

Ball is Life offers a unique look at the Under Armour Association, road to Elite 24, in new video

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With the grassroots circuit winding down and camp season in place, Ball is Life did a really cool documentary-style look at the Under Armour Association and some of its star players going to the Elite 24 in New York later this month. The mixtape maker took interviews and highlights of five-star prospects like Josh Jackson, Terrance Ferguson, Dennis Smith and Trevon Duval in this video that lasts a little bit over 15 minutes.

This gives a fun account of what some of the grassroots circuit is like during the spring and this is a cool video of some of the best players in the country.