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Ferguson leaves O'Connell for Herndon

Bishop O’ Connell entered the winter with one of the area’s most talented squads, led by ESPNHS All-Area picks Melo Trimble and Will Ferguson in the backcourt.

But earlier this week, the squad suffered a significant blow with the unexpected transfer of Ferguson, who will finish his junior season at Herndon.

“I left O’Connell because I felt me and the coaches bumped heads and they weren’t interested in my style of play,” says Ferguson. “They wanted to do other things that weren’t involving me.”

Ferguson was a key contributor during the Knights rise to No. 6 in the POWERADE Greater D.C. hoop rankings earlier in the year. But he was replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore Marquis Rowe around Christmas and his playing time diminished over the subsequent weeks, which led to his departure.

“Will had some issues that we were trying to work through with him,” says O’Connell coach Joe Wootten. “He choose to move on instead.”

Ferguson said that personal family matters factored into his decision, but he did not elaborate on the situation.

Ferguson’s talent is evident. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound point guard averaged nearly 10 points a contest for O’Connell and holds offers from Virginia Tech, Umass, Xavier and Virginia, among others. He should instantly bolster Herndon’s play when he takes the floor Friday night against Chantilly. His addition will be a welcome one as the Hornets have dropped four of their last six contests.

‘There are some regrets in leaving and I do feel like I let my teammates down,” Ferguson said. “But it was something I had to do. I wanted to be with my friends and be with the kids I grew up with.”

Wootten said Rowe will continue to start alongside Trimble and feels the squad will still contend with its young core.

“We are young but a championship caliber team,” he said. “I really believe in these guys.”