"I'm still here for my town" | Thunder's Ferguson hosts free hoops camp in Tulsa

Terrance Ferguson skills camp

It was always a matter of if, not when, Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Terrance Ferguson would put on his own basketball camp.

Saturday was the special day. Not only because Ferguson hosted the skills camp, but also because it marked the two-year anniversary of the Thunder drafting him in the first round of the NBA Draft.

"It's a special moment, especially being here," Ferguson said outside the gym at Memorial High School. "I'm with my family, that was there from the start. And just having fun with it, it's a blessing."

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Ferguson, 21, is a native Tulsan. He remembers going to ORU basketball camps back when his cousin, Ken Holdman, was a player there. That inspired him to want to give back. It was necessary his first camp take place where the dream to play in the NBA began.

"Many people blow away Tulsa," Ferguson said. "Not many people care about the people here. I wanted to come back to my community and do something free for the kids and show them I'm still here for my town."

Ferguson's mother, Rachelle Holdman, moved the family to Dallas when her son was 8 in order to take care of her mother. She moved to Edmond, Oklahoma after the Thunder drafted her son in the 2017 Draft.

She made it a point to be at his first camp.

"We are a product of Tulsa," Holdman said. "This is the day our dream came true and our life changed forever. So it was real important to do [the camp] on today."

Holdman's message centers on work ethic and following your passion - something she said Ferguson has naturally. She said more often than not, she was the one dragging him out of the gym, not into it.

"It's important for our kids to know that it's possible for your dreams to come true with hard work and dedication," Holdman said.

Ferguson agreed.

"Growing up here got me to where I am now," he said. "Being hungry, just having the heart to keep going, and just having the faith behind it."

Watching the camp and holding her baby granddaughter, Lylah Rose, Holdman remarked how exciting it was to see it unfold.

"Just to see him interacting with the kids and how the kids are looking up to him, it warms my heart," Holdman said. "It's like, wow, they really love him. It's like, he was once that kid."

More than 110 children attended the camp. Family and friends headlined the list of instructors - including his aforementioned cousin, Ken Holdman.

"That's what my life is based on, is family," Ferguson said. "I feel like I'm in the league right now based on my family, my foundation, and the effort they put into my mind."