OKC drafts Ferguson; Evans to L.A.

The Oklahoma City Thunder drafted Terrance Ferguson (6-7, 184 pounds) as the No. 21 pick in the June 22 NBA draft.

“He has speed, size, length and athleticism and an ability to shoot the ball with range,” said Thunder Vice President Sam Presti. “He’s also a guy who has a great disposition. He’s a really pleasant kid and a kid that is excited about what is in front of him.”

Ferguson was born in Tulsa  but spent his high school years in Dallas, playing for Prime Prep Academy and Advanced Prep International while being home schooled. He was a 2016 McDonald’s All-American and stood out at the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit and the 2014 Adidas Nations.

Instead of college, Ferguson spent 2016-17 in Australia’s NBL as a part of the Adelaide 36ers. He saw 15.2 minutes per game and scored 4.6 points on 38.1 percent shooting in his adjustment to the professional game.

Since 2013, Ferguson has represented USA Basketball in three different FIBA competitions. His teams won gold medals each time, and went 19-0 overall.

“We’re thrilled to have (Ferguson) and add him to the Thunder,” Presti said. “He’s a very refined player at his age that has the experience that he’s gained by being in different environments.”

The newest member of the Thunder will wear number 23 for his team, and will compete in Summer League in early July in Orlando.

“The first thing you need to do is let him go out and compete and play so I don’t want to put any limitations on him,” Presti explained. “He makes shots, and has great length and speed. Generally those are things that are valued in our building.”