Last week we had the controversy surrounding Bo Ryan & Wisconsin blocking a player’s transfer request to nearly 30 schools across the country. This week, we learn that FIU has decided not to go the route of Bo Ryan, but they’re flat out blocking Dominique Ferguson’s transfer request entirely.
Ferguson was once a top high school recruit & initially committed to Kentucky. Citing the desire to play for Isiah Thomas, Ferguson went to FIU and has since requested a transfer after the University fired Thomas.
Ferguson said he cited academic, family and basketball reasons for wanting to transfer to a school closer to home. A native of Indianapolis, Ferguson said he had seen his family five times in the past three years and that he told the appeals board he needed “a better support system.”
“After much discussion with my family and support base we have decided to hire an agent and attempt to play professionally in the states or overseas,” Ferguson wrote in a news release announcing the decision.
The University denied his initial request & then denied his appeal as well. Ferguson has decided to enter the NBA Draft rather than being forced to attend school & play for a University that he has no desire to play for.
It’s already ridiculous that the NCAA allows coaches to block specific schools & entire conferences. But for a University to flat out deny a student to transfer? Anywhere? That’s criminal in my opinion.