The Arizona Wildcats are making good use of their early offseason this week, hosting five-star guard Terrance Ferguson of Dallas for an official visit that begins today.
Ferguson announced his arrival via Twitter, with a little nod to "Bear Down."
I'm Here🐻⬇️— #ripGma❤️ (@the2kferguson) March 24, 2016
Ferguson began reconsidering Arizona once he decommitted from Alabama earlier this month, and the Wildcats are now considered a slight favorite to land him, according to 24/7's Crystal Ball.
Ferguson played for the USA Basketball team that Sean Miller coached to the FIBA U19 World Championship gold medal last summer, and said afterward that he'd love to be coached by Miller.
While UA already has commitments from guards Rawle Alkins and Kobi Simmons, Ferguson is a different player, a lightweight, athletic shooter who excels in transition while Alkins is more of a power guard in the mold of Stanley Johnson and Simmons is a combo guard.
Jerry Meyer, 24/7 recruiting analyst, said Simmons, Alkins and Ferguson could all play together, though there isn't a true point guard in the bunch. In fact, he said Alkins and Ferguson are opposites.
"Alkins can play point and Simmons can play it, but I think they're better and more valuable not playing point guard," Meyer said. "And you can go small and play Rawle at the four. He’s a big, strong, physical guy.
Ferguson "is a spot shooter, not the best ball handler or passer, not the best at creating but he's more catch and shoot and he's good in transition. He's really athletic and fast and finishes well in transition."
UA signee Lauri Markkanen was named today to World team at April 9 Hoop Summit in Portland, meaning he'll face Ferguson and Jackson of USA Basketball.
There weren't any Arizona players named on the Pac-12 All-Academic teams.
On the first team were Oregon's Casey Benson, Washington State's Josh Hawkinson and Junior Longrus, Stanford's Dorian Pickens and Utah's Brandon Taylor.
Players need an overall GPA of 3.0 and must be either a starter or major contributor to qualify.
Steve Kerr said Cuonzo Martin has been an "incredible mentor" for his son, a walk-on for the Bears.
Here's Oregon's official game notes.