Kevin Ferguson has spurred Army basketball’s latest run

By Ken McMillan
Times Herald-Record

WEST POINT – Army senior center Kevin Ferguson has been more surprised with his production of late than his coach, Zach Spiker.
Ferguson produced seven double-double stat efforts in a row and was just two rebounds shy of an eighth in Saturday’s loss to Lehigh.
“Truthfully, we’ve known what he’s been capable of,’’ Spiker said. “He was surging of late … We are thrilled that it’s coming out.’’
Ferguson had 17 points and 10 rebounds against Lafayette, 17 and 14 against Loyola, 24 and 12 against Colgate, 20 and 14 at American, 25 and 13 versus Holy Cross, 22 and 19 against Navy, 18 and 15 versus Boston and 14 and eight against Lehigh. He shot 61 percent from the field during the stretch, which is equal to his season-long numbers.
“I just felt like I was making shots I knew I could make,’’ said Ferguson, who averages 13.4 points and 9.7 rebounds. “We were playing hard and with a lot of energy as a team and I was able to feed off of that and get the ball in easy spots and just finish around the rim.’’
At 6-foot-10 but just 200 pounds, Ferguson says he’s not a “brusier” player who can mix it up physically with opposing centers, so Army’s fast-paced game gives him more opportunities to score in unsettled situations.
“Kevin Ferguson has worked consistently and has improved,’’ Spiker said. “We’re very fortunate that he went to prep school and we got this fifth year with him. I think he has just taken off. I think his work throughout the season with coach Allen as his position coach (has been important) … and his confidence to make plays. I don’t know if the plays are all that different but he’s just making them and he’s had more reps doing it and he has been doing a good job.’’
The late surge by Ferguson certainly caught the eye of the Patriot League coaches, who voted Ferguson to the second-team all-star squad (his first such recognition in four seasons). “When hard work is rewarded, it’s great to see,’’ Spiker said. “This is very well-deserving.’’
Ferguson was also named him to the league’s All-Defensive Team, the honor for which he takes more pride.
“Defense is how I’ve got a lot of my playing time early, so I just try to keep that up’’ said Ferguson, who has 41 blocks and 13 steals this season. “I try around the rim … if I am not blocking shots I am altering shots so that all-defensive team is one I am proud of.’’
Ferguson said the individual awards are nice but the main objective is to bring home Army’s first Patriot League championship and the NCAA tournament berth that comes with it.
“None of that matters beyond a Patriot League title,’’ he said.
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