|High School:||Newport HS '14|
Hayford on Ferris: “Will be a redshirt
for us this season as he learns to play both guard positions. We
expect him to be a team leader over the course of his career. He is
an outstanding young man and he’s a great student and person.
Will is a very hard worker and self-motivated to excellence. He
plays the game with great intelligence, he’s a very skilled
shooter and he is a natural leader.”
HS: Graduated from Newport HS in 2014. He finished his career at Newport with 973 points, ranking fourth in school history. He also finished fifth in 3-point shooting percentage, making 38 percent (112-of-296) in his career. As a senior captain, he earned second team All-KingCo 4A honors after scoring 300 points for an average of 15.8 per game. Newport finished 9-10 overall and 5-9 in the competitive 11-team KingCo Conference. Ferris averaged 15.1 points per game as a junior to earn second team All-4A KingCo League honors. He averaged more than 20 points in the state tourney to lead Newport to a sixth-place finish at the WIAA State 4A Tournament. It was the school’s best finish since 1967. Ferris led Newport to a 19-10 record in the 2012-13 season, including a 2-2 record in the State 4A Tournament. The Knights lost to eventual champion Curtis 62-40 in the quarterfinals, but defeated Bothell 65-38 in the consolation bracket for the team’s sixth-straight victory in loser-out games. Newport ended the season by losing to Central Valley 56-39 in the consolation game for fourth and sixth places. Ferris had 24 points, including 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range and four assists against Bothell. Earlier in the season, he had 33 points and three assists in a 91-86 loss to Bothell in the KingCo playoffs. He also had 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in a game versus Mount Vernon. His 435 points scored as a junior rank third in school history, and his 39 percent 3-point percentage (47-of-122) ranks fifth. He made a school-record 89.4 percent of his free throws as a sophomore and converted 39 percent of his 3-pointers (33-of-85). As a sophomore, he earned honorable mention All-KingCo honors as the Knights finished the 2011-12 season with a 10-13 record. The school’s single-season scoring record is 703 points set in the 1990-91 season by Mark Pope, who went on to play at Washington, Kentucky and the NBA, and is now an assistant coach at BYU.
Personal: Ferris was born Nov. 16, 1995, in Seattle. His parents are Steve and Monica Ferris.