The change of heart will raise issue to the possibility of eligibility concerns stemming from Ferguson’s original high school, Prime Prep Academy, which shut down in January of last year under pressure of debts and lawsuits. Ferguson graduated from Advance Preparatory International, an offshoot of Prime Prep where he played alongside five-star 2017 prospects Trevon Duval and Billy Preston. Prime Prep was the same high school that produced Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who decided to play in China rather than honoring in his commitment to SMU in 2014.
Ferguson would also be the second top-tier player Arizona has lost to an early professional career in the last 10 years. Former commit Brandon Jennings went to Italy in 2008 en route to being selected No. 10 in the 2009 draft.