Future Watch: Terrance Ferguson Rookie Basketball Cards, Thunder – With the NBA Playoffs officially underway, this year’s crop of Future Watch profiles is starting to wind down. All the top rookies in the playoffs have been covered so far. From Jayson Tatum of the Celtics to Donovan Mitchell of the Jazz. Zach Collins even saw significant minutes for the Trail Blazers when Jusuf Nurkic went down in game two against the Pelicans. These high minute contributors are being seen by tons of NBA fans on a nightly basis in the playoffs. But there are still a few rookies out there who could help their teams off the bench. One of those is Terrance Ferguson, guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Ferguson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to Dallas, Texas as a youth. He played for Prime Prep Academy as a freshman and sophomore, helping lead the school to a 2013 NACA Division 1 title as a freshman. That year, he earned NACA All-Tournament Team and NACA Tournament MVP honors.
In 2013, Terrance Ferguson was a member of the USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team. That team posted a 5-0 record at the 2013 FIBA Americas U-16 Championships and won a gold medal. Ferguson would continue to play for Team USA in 2014. He joined the U17 team at the 2014 FIBA Under-17 World Championships and helped the team to a 7-0 record and a gold medal. Ferguson would go three-for-three as a member of Team USA when he played for the U19 team at the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championships where they won a gold medal.
After a scandal involving Prime Prep that led to the school shuttering their doors, Ferguson joined a new program in 2015-16. Heading into his senior year, he was ranked 11th overall in the Class of 2016’s ESPN 100. That year, he averaged 17 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. That earned him a trip to that year’s McDonald’s All-American Game. Ferguson started for the East team and scored 10 points in a loss to the West.
Ferguson was heavily recruited in high school. Coaches from Louisville, Kansas, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Arizona, North Carolina and many more had their eyes on his talents. He would unofficially commit to Alabama and Arizona at different points, but eventually elected to skip college and play overseas for one year before becoming eligible for the NBA draft. Ferguson would sign with the NBL Adelaide 36ers of the Australian League for the 2016-17 season.
In Australia, Ferguson appeared in 30 of Adelaide’s 31 games. He would average 4.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game. Those aren’t world beating numbers by any means, but he did get quality minutes against professionals. Following the 2016-17 NBL season, he returned to the United States to prepare for the 2017 Draft.
Despite less than pedestrian numbers in Australia, Ferguson put some intriguing footage on tape for scouts to analyze. Most impressive was his maturity and ability to stay within his comfort zone instead of trying to do much on the court. Ferguson showed the ability to make the extra pass to help his teammates rather than force an inefficient shot. His ball handing and ability to take on defenders in a straight line would need some work at the NBA level.
On draft night, Ferguson was taken 21st overall by the Thunder. Over the years, team GM Sam Presti has done a fantastic job finding talent no matter where the team picks. The team’s roster saw a big overhaul during the summer of 2017, but the team saw a role for Ferguson heading into the 2017-18 season. This year he played in 61 games, averaging 12.5 minutes. His best game came on January 23rd when he scored 24 points in a win against the Lakers. Other than that, his contributions have been sporadic. In one playoff appearance, he played two minutes and committed two personal fouls.
The way the Thunder are currently playing, it’s tough for Ferguson to find minutes in their current playoff rotation. But all it takes is an injury or an exploitable match-up and there could be an opportunity for him to shine. There’s a good chance the Thunder roster experiences another shakeup this offseason, which could benefit Ferguson in the long run.
Terrance Ferguson already has some great autographed rookie cards in the market. They can be found in 2017 Panini Contenders Collegiate Draft Picks Basketball. As a top draft pick, collectors can be assured to find NBA licensed rookie cards of Ferguson in the complete portfolio of 2017-18 Panini NBA basketball card products during the 2017-18 NBA season.
Future Watch: Terrance Ferguson Rookie Basketball Cards, Thunder – Other Resources
- NBA.com Player Profile – Terrance Ferguson
- Terrance Ferguson – Secondary Market Pricing
- Future Watch: 2017 NBA Draft Recap, Most NBA-Ready Players
- Future Watch: 2017 NBA Summer League Top Rookie Players
Future Watch: Terrance Ferguson Rookie Basketball Cards, Thunder – Image Gallery
Here’s a look at cards featuring Terrance Ferguson in his Oklahoma City Thunder uniform.
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