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FIU Hoops Gets No. 8 Player In The Nation (Updated)

Dominique Ferguson, the No. 8 player in the nation for 2010 (ESPN), has committed to FIU today.Df

Ferguson is a 6-8, 210-pound power forward from Indiana that was being recruited by Kentucky, Duke, Indiana, UCLA and Arizona.

Ferguson is also ranked as the No. 9 player in the nation by scout.com and the No. 5 forward for 2010.

After talking with DF, here's a story running in Saturday's MH:


   Dominique Ferguson, the No. 8 player in the nation according to ESPN, is being recruited by traditional college basketball powers Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana and UCLA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       

   However, none of those schools have an NBA Hall of Famer as their head coach so Ferguson is taking his basketball talent to FIU to play for Golden Panthers coach Isiah Thomas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

   Ferguson, a five-star 6-8, 210-pound power forward from Lawrence (Ind.) North High, verbally committed to FIU on Friday morning while taking an unofficial visit to the school.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

   “When I heard Coach Thomas got the job at FIU in April my eyes opened up,” Ferguson, 18, said. “The main thing in my decision to come to FIU is Coach Thomas's past success in the NBA as a player and coach. He knows what it takes to get to the next level and that's what I eventually want to do.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                       

   Scout.com ranks Ferguson the No. 9 player overall and No. 5 forward in the nation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       

   Last season at Lawrence, Ferguson averaged 15 points and nine rebounds while playing several positions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

   "I don't really have a position,” Ferguson said. “I can play anywhere on the court. I guess you can say I'm a little bit like [Lakers forward] Lamar Odom, who plays anywhere on the court.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

   Ferguson joins a couple of other highly-touted recruits to commit to FIU in the last month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

   Chris Coleman, the No. 5 center for 2011, bypassed Connecticut and West Virginia for FIU. Phil Taylor, the No. 37 guard for 2010, turned down Southern Cal and North Carolina State, to join FIU.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

   For this coming season, Thomas signed the nation's leading junior college scorer in Marvin Roberts and his JUCO teammate Antoine Watson, who was No. 4 in the nation in scoring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

   Ferguson said he has played against Coleman and Taylor before and is eager to join his future teammates when he signs a letter of intent with FIU in November.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

   "Playing with [Coleman and Taylor] at FIU is going to be a great opportunity to turn the program into a consistent winner and shock the world,” Ferguson said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

   Ferguson tore his right knee when he was in eighth grade and plans on studying physical therapy at FIU before eventually trying for the NBA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  

   “My injury put me out for a while,” Ferguson said. “I realized how hard it is getting back and that basketball is not the only thing in life. I want to learn physical therapy to help others. I want to get my degree and then make it to the next level no matter how long it takes and Coach Thomas is the person that can help me get there.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                      

  

 

 

 

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