Dominique Ferguson: FIU Player Enters Draft After Blocked Transfer

Alex KayCorrespondent IApril 25, 2012

Photo Courtesy: Richard Lewis/
Photo Courtesy: Richard Lewis/

Isiah Thomas is one of the best basketball players ever, but his tenures as a coach and GM have been marked by monumental failures and ridiculous situations.

Even after being fired, the man cannot escape controversy.

It just makes sense that after he was finally let go from Florida International University, his Golden Panther players have been unable to find a way to transfer away from the program.

According to a report by the Associated Press:

Dominique Ferguson said that his request to be released from his scholarship was denied by Pete Garcia, the school's executive director of sports and entertainment. A subsequent appeal process that Ferguson said included a meeting with university President Mark Rosenberg also did not bring the release he sought.

Several other FIU players are apparently seeking transfers as well now that Richard Pitino has been hired as the head coach in Thomas’ stead.

Ferguson isn’t going to be among them if they are finally approved, as he has hired representation and elected to turn pro.

"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 6’9”, 210-pound sophomore was able to put up 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game during his two years in the Miami area.

While it was smart for him—and possibly his cronies on the team—to stick it to the school by declaring professional eligibility, he has to be wary that he may not be selected.

Ferguson isn’t in the Top 60 of most major mock drafts and not exactly what you would consider a hot prospect.

While he should never have returned to FIU, perhaps a lawsuit against the program would have been wiser.

Regardless, Ferguson should be applauded for sticking up for his rights and sticking it to a school that would not listen to him.