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Posted On: 09/22/15 10:00 PM
Belleville Althoff 2016 combo guard Tarkus Ferguson has a busy fall lineup! The senior is playing with half of a potential state championship basketball team on the gridiron this fall. He is also one of the more coveted uncommitted prospects in the state and is in the process of taking official visits. We caught up with him to discuss his first two trips beginning with Tennessee State.
“Tennessee State was good to me. Well-rounded coaches and really care about the players. You can tell they really want me to come to the school. They took us on a tour of the school, went out to a big restaurant for dinner. I was able to hang out with the players and play with them as well.”
Ferguson’s host was friend and former metro east standout and Southwest Jets program mate Darreon Reddick. He says that they players bond stood out to him.
“I would have to say the players were outstanding to me. They treat each other like brothers exactly what we do with my high school team.”
His most recent official was to Missouri Valley program Indiana State.
“I went on a Sunday so I really didn’t get to do anything. When we arrived there we went out to eat for dinner then afterwards I went to go hangout with the teammates. The next day on Monday we did a tour of the school of course. We met with the academic counselor that caught my parents and I attention. And afterwards as well I played basketball with the team.”
What was most memorable part about the visit to the Sycamores?
“I would have to say the coaches and players stood out to me. The coaches care not only for having me on the team, but for my academics as well. I said the players because I was comfortable with them like I was at my school playing with my guys.”
Ferguson talked about the next step in the recruiting process.
“Visiting UIC this weekend on official visit. And that’s all I’m aware of for right now.”
He doesn’t have a timetable for when he wants to make his decision, but knows what he is looking for when trying to separate the schools he is considering.
“Basically somewhere I can feel comfortable like my high school team. Somewhere that isn’t just trying to help their basketball team, but help push myself make it to the next level and get through academics as well.”
Ferguson is a big combo guard at 6’3” that is rangy and angular. The Belleville Althoff standout has long arms and plus athleticism which give him a chance to be a standout on the defensive end. When locked in and engaged on that side of the ball he can be a monster with his physical gifts and lateral quickness. Offensively he does a little bit of everything. Ferguson has improved as a perimeter shooter hitting catch and shoot shots with more consistency. He handles it well for his size and shows flashes of lead guard skills although he usually isn’t the primary ball handler for either his high school or travel team.
He ran with the Southwest Jets on the grassroots circuit.