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Terrance Ferguson, five-star wing, decommits from Alabama

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Five-star SG Ferguson decommits from Alabama (2:16)

Recruiting reporter Jeff Borzello joins ESPN's Phil Murphy to explain why No. 4 SG Terrance Ferguson reopened his recruitment and break down which programs now lead for the nation's No. 13 overall senior. (2:16)

Five-star wing Terrance Ferguson has decommitted from Alabama, his mother told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

Ferguson, the No. 13 prospect in the ESPN 100, pledged to the Crimson Tide in August but never signed a letter of intent.

When the early signing period passed in November without Ferguson signing, other schools began contacting Ferguson and people around him to try to get involved.

"I was overwhelmed with what effect it was going to have," Rachelle Holdman, Ferguson's mother, told ESPN.com in December. "I didn't really think it was a big deal, and so once that didn't happen, it was crazy. I had to literally shut my phone down, I had to take his phone for days. Nonstop. Schools calling, people, rumors about him decommitting from Alabama."

At the time, Holdman and Ferguson both maintained that he was still committed to Alabama -- saying that an illness in the family prevented them from getting together for a signing day celebration.

However, sources had long told ESPN that the relationship between the two sides soured when Ferguson told the Alabama staff that he wasn't going to sign during the early period.

On whether Alabama would remain under consideration, Holdman said, "I just want to make sure we're making the right decision."

Ferguson is a 6-foot-7 shooting guard from Advanced Prep International (Dallas, Texas). Before he committed to Alabama, Kansas was very much in the mix -- and the Jayhawks, among others, could get involved once again.

Ray Forsett, Ferguson's coach at Advanced Prep International, said, "He's been thinking about it for months. He was waiting and playing through it. He went on a visit [to Alabama] this past weekend. He wanted to get a look before he looked at anything else. He's looking at different options, going through the situation.

"He's going to take his time and wade through some things and go from there."