Arizona head coach Sean Miller announced in a statement released on Thursday that incoming freshman Terrance Ferguson will not play for Arizona this season.
“Terrance Ferguson informed me earlier this week that he has decided to pursue professional opportunities instead of attending the University of Arizona this fall,” Miller said in a statement released by the school.” I hope this next chapter of his basketball career goes well, and his goal of one day becoming an NBA player is realized.”
Ferguson spent his high school career at Prime Prep, the high school that Emmanuel Mudiay attended, and API, which is the remnants of Prime Prep. Like Mudiay, there was a real doubt that Ferguson would ever end up finding a way to get himself eligible for college basketball.
A 6-foot-6 sharpshooter, Ferguson has the length and athleticism to have been a real asset for Arizona. The team is loaded with talented perimeter players — Allonzo Trier, Kobi Simmons, Ray Smith, Rawle Alkins — but Ferguson is the only member of that quintet that was known for his ability to known down perimeter jumpers. He was a valuable piece for the Wildcats.
Ferguson will play for the Adelaide 36ers of the Australian professional league.