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Frankie Ferrari

School

University of San Francisco

Position
Guard
Major
Management

Classroom

A graduate student, Frankie Ferrari is currently enrolled in the sport management masters program. He boasted a 3.29 GPA for the 2017-18 year and earned his bachelors in communication. He currently holds a 3.2 GPA in his master’s program.

Character

As a kid, Ferrari grew up a Don’s fan and served as a ball boy. From Head Coach Kyle Smith: “When we turned the team over to Frankie last year is when we really took off as a team.”

Ferrari is the ultimate competitor on the court, but the co-captain is also incredibly available off the court. Routinely calling season ticket holders thanking them for their support, he volunteers his time to shoot promotional videos, doing anything he can to help the program. Ferrari left the program after his freshman year, redshirted and didn’t play, and came back to the program when Coach Smith got to the Hilltop because he wanted to finish what he started in helping rebuild the program.

Community

Ferrari has been an avid supporter and volunteer with the Dons and their partnership with E-Hoops, an inclusive basketball program that trains and develops kids—including special needs kids—through the game of basketball. He is a big believer of USF’s Third Pillar of Success: Engage in the Community. It’s through servant-leadership that USF Athletics is committed to the development and care of its student-athletes by fostering an environment that honors the Jesuit ideals of being men and women for others. In the summer, Ferrari spent several afternoons at the local food drive SF City Impact, which helps people in the inner city of San Francisco get healthy food.

Competition

Ferrari posted a record-breaking year in his junior campaign, earning All-West Coast Conference First Team honors and being named the Dons’ first WCC Player of the Week in nearly four years. He played in 39 games making 27 starts, and the 39 games played is tied for most games played in a single-season at USF. Ferrari tallied 179 assists last season, which ranks as the fifth-most in a single season at USF. From 3-point range he went 70-for-180, which ranks as the third most in a single season. He led USF with 446 points while dishing out 179 assists, becoming just the third player in USF history to score at least 400 points or more and dish out 150 or more assists. He led the Dons in scoring, averaging 11.4 points per game, and scored 10 or more points 23 different times. Ferrari was terrific at taking care of the ball, finishing 35th in the nation with a 2.59 assist/turnover ratio and being 46th in the nation in total assists.

In the post season, he was tremendous, leading the Dons all the way to the championship round of the College Basketball Invitational. In the CBI, he averaged 11.8 points per game and 6.5 assists per contest scored in double figures in the final four games of the tournament including a post-season high of 19 points in game three of the championship series.