2012 Intro: Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell

  • 05/31/2010 7:25 pm in

The Essentials: 5-10, 165-lb guard for Park Tudor and Indiana Elite

The Schools: Butler, Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Virginia and Washington have offered scholarships. Michigan and Xavier have expressed interest.

The Numbers: 23.4 ppg, 4.6 apg for Park Tudor, which fell to Wheeler, 41-38, in the Class 2A state championship.

The Quote: “There are other schools who are, and have been, really recruiting Yogi very exclusively. I’m not real sure that IU wants Yogi, just right now. I don’t know.” – Ferrell’s dad, Kevin, to Zach Osterman of Inside the Hall.

The Ranking: The Hoop Scoop ranks Ferrell the 86th best prospect in the 2012 class.

The Scout Says: “Few elite point guards have emerged from the class of 2012, but with continued development “Yogi” is knocking on the door. Bigger than advertised at just a shade under 6 feet tall, he’s got super quickness, a tight handle and outstanding floor vision. A fine vertical athlete who takes the ball right at bigger defenders near the rim, what really sets Ferrell apart is his deadly pull-up jumper (which is true out to 22 feet).” – Rivals.com analyst Eric Bossi on Ferrell following the adidas May Classic.

The Highlights (courtesy of UMHoops.com):

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  • Lucasgarcia20

    We don’t need him. I like Nic Moore better and I don’t even know if he is worth getting. His height hurts him a lot. He needs to get a more consistent jumper. I know he is known for great defense and transition speed.

    But ya…. I don’t see Crean makin him a high priority.

  • Lucasgarcia20

    We don’t need him. I like Nic Moore better and I don’t even know if he is worth getting. His height hurts him a lot. He needs to get a more consistent jumper. I know he is known for great defense and transition speed.

    But ya…. I don’t see Crean makin him a high priority.

  • HoosNation

    Hmmmmm. Don’t see much that I would want except for the confidence in his game. Our current players could use some of that. I have seen him before and this package did nothing for him. Looks as though he was forcing it quite a bit, almost all shots were contested. He does have the lift on his shot but his height leaves him at a disadvantage. Not useless, just disadvantaged. But hey the kid can play basketball and that’s what we are looking for. Hopefully he uses the remainder of his high school days to improve in the areas he is lacking. IMO we can use the scholly for somebody else, unless he is that last guy we are needing to land. Lots of possibilities these next few years. Very optimistic here in the home of the 7 time state bball champs!

  • HoosNation

    Hmmmmm. Don’t see much that I would want except for the confidence in his game. Our current players could use some of that. I have seen him before and this package did nothing for him. Looks as though he was forcing it quite a bit, almost all shots were contested. He does have the lift on his shot but his height leaves him at a disadvantage. Not useless, just disadvantaged. But hey the kid can play basketball and that’s what we are looking for. Hopefully he uses the remainder of his high school days to improve in the areas he is lacking. IMO we can use the scholly for somebody else, unless he is that last guy we are needing to land. Lots of possibilities these next few years. Very optimistic here in the home of the 7 time state bball champs!

  • Uncle Joey

    He has an incredibly high motor, and some decent cross-over moves. I think he would work out well in Crean's system… drive and dish.

    I wonder if his dad's comments got Crean to increase his recruiting efforts on the kid, or if Crean truly feels as though there are better 2012 options out there… ?

    As far as pure point guards go, I'd say this kid has almost all of the tools.

  • marcusgresham

    Positives—looks quick; drives the lane with no fear; draws contact; willingness to be “the Man”
    Negatives—appeared to be out of control at times; tried to be too fancy with the ball, often losing control trying to dribble between his legs to shake someone; shoots a LOT, even if he doesn't necessarily appear to be open.

    I don't know what kind of teammates he had, so it may be that a bad shot from him is better than a good one from them, but I'd like to see my 5'10″ PG distribute a bit more. He has 2 years to grow, so definitely worth keeping in the mix as far as potentials are concerned.

  • Tom McG

    Not particularly impressed with the video. Perhaps it was an off night or Tudor was overmatched and he had to force things.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I thought the same thing (he shot too much, esp. when he wasn't open), but how many times did his teammates hit open shots when he drove and dished? Unless it was a layup, they missed.

  • IUMIKE1

    Don't know that I would call his pull up jumper deadly but this is only one video. Looked like he pretty much forced some of his shots and kinda looked like he had been watching JR when he drove the lane and got close to the rim. This isn't a totally bad thing if you are drawing a foul most of the time and are able to cash in at the line but didn't look like he was real efficient from there either. Some of the calls he was getting in this clip will not be called at the next level either. Think Crean is right to take the wait and see approach to this one but he does have two more years to work on his game. Thought some of the drives where he dished off instead of forcing it up was the best part of his game, in this clip anyway.

  • Steve_huffford

    I don’t know about anyone else but I am tired of Yogi’s Dad complaining about IU. Hey Dad IU is on record offering a scholarship to your kid. You don’t think you are getting enough love. Not sure if you noticed but there are lots of good kids in the 2012 class. IU cannot spend all there time holding Yogi’s hand to show love. Grow up Dad and let the kid play and have fun.

  • Steve_huffford

    I don’t know about anyone else but I am tired of Yogi’s Dad complaining about IU. Hey Dad IU is on record offering a scholarship to your kid. You don’t think you are getting enough love. Not sure if you noticed but there are lots of good kids in the 2012 class. IU cannot spend all there time holding Yogi’s hand to show love. Grow up Dad and let the kid play and have fun.

  • Spiderman0551

    This kid reminds me of Isaiah back in the day. Remember he’s only a sophmore in high school right now and I think he can be a steal for somebody. The game has changed since the days that Isaiah dominated, but this kid looks like he’s got it all. Put him on a team that can help him out and he becomes all that much more versatile. Would I pass on DSR or even Patterson? Probably not, but this kid is gonna help some team out in a couple years and we haven’t exactly been landing the high profile recruits lately so it would be good for us to recruit him pretty hard, in my opinion.

  • psvirsky

    Let me start by saying that I haven't actually seen him play any more than you guys. However, I did follow his season a bit this year and I'm not sure the video is representative, especially in terms of everyone's concerns (forcing jumpers). He did have to carry Park Tudor this year. For a while, he was more of a distributor and they weren't winning games. Towards the end of the year, his assists dropped and his points went way up as he took over the team. They won more games this way but it did mean he had to force shots.

    Again, I'm not sure how good he is, but I do think he's not the type to force jumpers when he has teammates that can score.

  • nate

    You also need to consider Yogi Ferrell coach Ed Schilling. He’s much beyond a typical high school coach. He’s been an assistant in the NBA, does privite development with top flight players, etc. How Park Tudor got him I don’t know but a huge benefiary will be his players and Yogi in particular. He has 2 more years with his coach and should continue to develop at a rate not typical in high school basketball. Add that to what he already has going for him and I could certainly see why Indiana would be interested.

  • Kelin Blab

    This video doesn't do Yogi justice…..

    + The way to describe his team is all of them are role players and without Yogi they probaly would not have won 5 games. Believe me when I tell you, he 'willed' them to the state finals which is what you see above.

    + He is playing with Indiana Elite this summer to work more as a point guard because he can't do it during the school year, they just don't have the players.

    + For Crean's way of playing, he is ideal and to me he is our best PG option in either class if you want a guy that can push the ball, get into the lane, gets fouled alot, puts pressure on the defense, can guard full court, can be pass first, and has a good jumpshot.

    + There is NO ONE IU is recruiting in 2011 or 2012 that is better at getting into the lane. When it comes to getting into the lane Yogi is comparable to Teague when it comes to penetrating, you just can't stay in front of him….even double teams. Very very crafty ball handler and footwork.

    + Sometimes he over penetrates, he will have to get stronger, but looking forward in the next few classes, if we need a PG he is a great option. Him v Nic Moore, I would take either one.

    A better video below.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTuK113nDCk

  • DaburnsO

    I really like Yogi Ferrell because of his high motor and quickness. Reminds me of Isiah Thomas with his grit. Plus, he has two years of High School and AAU basketball to get better. You can't teach the physical skills that he has, and he seems like he is willing to put in the work.

  • If there are other 2012 players you'd like to see featured, let me know. Thanks.

  • Kelin Blab

    I am reading DSR is becoming more of a force this summer and making it tough on other smaller guards, getting into the lane and even posting them up. This could be the drawback against Yogi from a defensive standpoint…

  • hoostheman

    These are great… It's awesome how plugged in some of the readers are and the comments lead to some great info / discussions. Other players I'd like to see featured include DSR, Jurkin, Hammons, and Kenny Kaminski.

  • Kelin Blab

    + Hollowell….I know nothing about him other than Patterson didn't like he quit on their team. Would like to know more…
    + Jurkin
    + Marrero…Not sure how much IU is recruiting but would like to know.
    + TJ Bell….

  • Uncle Joey

    He isn't 2012, but do you have any video of Aaron Thomas? I've seen nothing other than 1 video that's floating around on youtube that showcases absolutely nothing, and was mostly him just standing around. I'm anxious to see some video of this kid; especially since he's so high on IU.

  • iubase

    Yogi is quick and can stop on a dime and elevate. He has a great cross over and certainly is perfect for drive and dish offense. Also can use both hands. Does remind me of a young small hoosier who took IU to a title – Isiah….I like the fact that he carried his team on his back and has a defensive mindset. We could use this skillset – count me in for talented athletic and quick players.

  • Taskmaster75

    Thanks for the videos sir. They are a great piece to the site, and everyone here appreciates it. If I had to ask for one, I really want to look at Jurkin, but there are quite a few guys out there worth looking at.

  • IULaw10

    Slightly undersized, good penetrator, wicked crossover, range to 22 feet, and NOBODY has made the comparison to A.J. Guyton?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxlQxlL4VRw

    I really want this kid. The best penetrator not named Teague and gets mad at his AAU teammates for not playing defense. Add 3 inches and we've got the prototypical Crean “dribble drive offense” point guard.

  • Spiderman0551

    This kid is awesome in my opinion. He can and will be able to shoot at a higher percentage (doesn't look like Rivers shooting the ball anyway). He is so fast and quick, nobody could keep him in front of them. Elevates pretty well, had a couple of his shots blocked but that will happen when you're under 6 foot. He gets to the line a lot, and he'll have to hit a better percentage of those too. I think defensivley he won't hurt us much as some may think cause I see him being very disruptive to anybody with the ball, darting in and out playing help defense. Seems to be physically pretty strong already from what I saw. I'm impressed myself and would be excited to get this kid.

  • Kelin Blab

    Schilling is big time! and will build a powerhouse at Park Tudor.

  • Kelin Blab

    Schilling is big time! and will build a powerhouse at Park Tudor.

  • I think Guyton was a much better shooter than Yogi, but that's just me.

  • marcusgresham

    Guyton was a much better shooter than a LOT of guys! I'd love to have him back.

  • tg1438

    I've seen this kid play the last 2 years in high school ball and have come away very impressed both times. Does he force some shots, yeah, but what good high school player on an ok team doesn't. He gets to any spot on the floor he wants with either hand, has improved his jump shot, gets into the lane to score and set up others, and gets to the line. He has shown he cares to get better by not playing AAU in middle school to work on skill practice, continuing his personal development with Schilling, and by taking on a completely different role in AAU than he has in HS. I think he'll continue to get better as he gets older. Which just keeps clouding my wish list for this 2012 group.

  • aceman07

    I've seen that video and I've seen more of him from a young age because I saw him at something when he was young and thought, “man, I think I'll keep track of this kid” and he's everything you mentioned above. He is going to be a great college point guard and even has the quicks and skills to possibly play at the next level as well at the point!

  • Kelin Blab

    IULaw10…first thank you. I have not seen AJ highlights in years. He was very underrated and how did Cleaves play in the NBA and Guyton did not. Nevertheless the Yogi Guyton comparison is perfect. ….

  • I think Guyton was a much better shooter than Yogi, but that's just me.

  • slikyslim222

    Love this guy's quicks & dribble penetration dish. I think he would have led the state in assists if his teammates could have converted on those passes shown on the video.

    Yogi brings a lot in his picnic basket for IU, keep an eye on him.

  • oldsportsdude

    What a joke! Ed Schilling has just met the right people all along the way and gotten jobs. He started as varsity coach at Logansport and was so-so. But he went to the Five-Star Camps and met John Calipari. He worked that into a job with Cal at UMass. Then when Cal went to the NBA he took him along for the ride. After that he parlayed his resume into a head coaching job at Wright state where failed. Then Cal hired him again at Memphis. He has lived off his relationships and his Dad's legacy. Also you might want to do spell check next time.

  • Anonymous

    He did have teammates that could score. I followed the season all year long, and yes they started out in a slump but grew together. Yogi did help them get as far as they did but the other sophmore J.B. Rapp and seniors Reggie Nesbit and Matt Geddie did a lot for the team as well. This video makes it look like he was a one man team but if you really payed attention to Park Tudor you saw that it was a team with a great player in Yogi who many assume is far better than the team and they aren't good enough but in reality they made it to state, and one kid can not do that alone.

  • anonymous

    off game for PT. in a different gym they could have won by 10 at least

  • Anonymous

    Yogi's dad only meant that others showed more interest. Michigan for example. No need to post that comment if you don't fully understand his comment. He only wants his son to suceed, he did nothing wrong.