It’s NBA pre-draft workout season, which means there’s the usual mix of high-profile players refusing to work out for teams, lower- to mid-tier guys fighting to improve their draft stock and a whole lot of dunks in mostly empty gyms.
This one is courtesy of Terrance Ferguson.
Ferguson, 19, was one of six players who worked out for the Denver Nuggets on Thursday. He’s a 6-foot-7, 185-pound wing, who, as this clip indicates, can really get up.
Ferguson played last season for the Adelaire 36ers, an Australian professional team that competes in the National Basketball League. In April 2016, Ferguson committed to play college basketball at Arizona, but two months later he changed course and chose to play a season of pro ball in Australia. Ferguson explained that he wanted to help ease the financial burden on his family as he waited to become NBA eligible. (Players must be 19 during the draft calendar year to be selected.)
If all of this sounds similar to the route Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay took, that’s because it is. Mudiay, who actually was Ferguson’s teammate for two seasons in high school at Prime Prep Academy in Dallas, played one season of pro ball in China in the year between high school and the NBA. Ferguson remains close to Mudiay to this day.
DraftExpress has Ferguson slated to go 23rd overall. The Nuggets own the 13th pick. The NBA Draft is June 22.
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