Ferrell Sr: “I’m thinking maybe IU”

  • 11/11/2010 11:09 pm in

Cody Zeller’s commitment was always expected to immediately impact Indiana’s overall recruiting picture, particularly with Zeller’s close friend Yogi Ferrell. Hearing the words today made presumption reality, according to Ferrell’s father, Kevin Ferrell Sr.

“I think it does accelerate it,” Ferrell Sr. said of his son’s recruiting process, adding that Yogi has “always wanted to play with Cody.”

“There might be a process that he may go there,” Ferrell Sr. told Inside the Hall. “As it stands right now, I’m thinking maybe IU.”

Landing Zeller’s commitment, probably as sought after as any in Indiana basketball’s last 30 years, has fans hopeful that his joining the fold will open the door for fellow top recruits.

Success certainly breeds success in the game, but given the relationship between Zeller and several top prospects — most notably Ferrell — grabbing the 2011 forward was crucial for Indiana in numerous ways. Such a shift in Ferrell’s overall process, which Kevin Sr. described as “wide open,” appears to be good news for Hoosier fans.

Yogi Ferrell has long been considered an IU lean, something Kevin Sr. acknowledged Thursday. Between the chance to play with some of close AAU teammates — including Zeller, Austin Etherington, Peter Jurkin and 2012 forward Hanner Perea —  and the opportunity to put Indiana back in the forefront of college basketball’s collective consciousness, Indiana has a lot to offer the younger Ferrell.

“The challenge of getting IU back on its feet is intriguing to Yogi,” his father said.

The next step in the process, according to Ferrell Sr., will be a family sitdown, to try and pin down Yogi’s next move, which could include one or two visits. Indiana clearly sits well in any such discussion.

Not lost on the Ferrells either is the fact that Indiana has an obvious need at point guard in the 2012 class, a need Yogi Ferrell would fill nicely. Rivals rates Ferrell as the No. 2 point guard in his class, and No. 17 overall. The recruiting service considers him a five-star prospect, No. 2 overall in the state of Indiana in his class. Committing to IU would pair him with Rivals’ No. 1 in the Hoosier state, Hanner Perea.

And from his father’s perspective, Indiana fits nicely as well. It’s close, it’s about to be saturated with what Ferrell described as “good kids, good caliber kids,” and there’s an obvious slot at Ferrell’s preferred position.

“I think IU would be my preference,” he said. “(The) fit would just complement him well right now.”

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  • Anonymous

    No way I’d make any “all year” decisions prior to the first game being played.

  • Anonymous

    “You said ‘Ron Jeremy.’ Huh-huh….”
    ———Butthead

  • Anonymous

    D-III? Are you talking about Bail? Damn, I don’t want to play the D-III teams you’ve been watching!

  • Anonymous

    You are a fool. Irrational is in the mirror, check it out.. I did not use the word “expected”. Your logic is faulty. The ranking of a class is 100% dependent on the ranking of the players in that class. You should question the ranking of a player. As you agree the ranking of Etherington is faulty as is the ranking of Hale. All rankings assign a number regardless of position. I have no issue with what you “believe”, but I do not respect your opinion yet. I have heard nothing insightful thus far.

  • Bucky

    Yes, there was an era, for several years, where each Spring we got to see which Parade or McDonald’s All-Americans IU had selected.

    Not if. Just which ones.

  • Bucky

    Bail fits anyone’s offense.

    He and Perea look like they play from invisible mini-tramps.

    With them, we might have the nation’s first length-of-court inbounds alley-oop tomahawk dunk, with a shattered backboard.

  • Yogi Kelin Harris

    Gary Harris in the 2012 and even the 2011 class is the big PRIZE. Trust me on this. He is EJ minus the range on his jumpshot. I expect Crean to continue to put on the full court press on him.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    is the 311 what i think it is? i used it in my former handle.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    kohlrabi.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    where is ted nugent when you need him?

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    hulls is going to be the QB at syracuse? please god, no.

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t help—he’s a Michigan fan

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t help—he’s a Michigan fan

  • Anonymous

    Capo’s the closest thing to an “enforcer” this team has, and I’d think that includes the incoming guys, as well.

  • Anonymous

    Well played, Mr. Dunn.

  • Anonymous

    Admitting my embarrassment here by stating that I learned something from you, because I always thought Buckner was from Ohio. Maybe that’s because I remember the story that Woody Hayes wanted him.

  • Anonymous

    You really think AE starts that early? I’d guess that a lineup of Jones/Creek/Watford/Zeller/Guy is probably more likely, definitely at the start of the season. I’m not ready to put Etherington on the floor as a freshman over Creek as a junior, just based on high school performances and what I saw Creek do last year.

    I mean, who would you bench out of the five I listed? The only obvious one would be Guy, but I don’t think Crean wants to play Watford at the 4 and Zeller at the 5. Pritchard as a senior may also be in line to start at the 5.

    Jones will start. Watford will start. Zeller, and then Creek. It’s not a slight on Etherington’s ability to suggest that he may not come in and start right away. Rather, it’s a compliment to the potential depth of this team next year.

  • Anonymous

    JRig, it’s entirely possible that Watford has a breakout year playing his more natural position at the 3, gets voted the MVP of the NIT chamionship team, and goes pro. Enter AE into the starting lineup. Go Hoosiers!

  • Proud Cowboys/Cubs/IU Fan

    Haha I love the new name and picture!!!

  • Anonymous

    The one touting the Kuntuckee weirdcats bothers me a lot more than the Cardinal ones. It’s like those two think they are fighting over unclaimed territory. I drive that stretch of interstate quite often myself and the other day I noticed the driver in the car in front of me had his arm out the window and was giving the finger to someone. I quickly pulled along side of him and looked over and he pointed to the Kuntuckee sign and gave it the finger again. I immediately gave him a thumbs up and then gave the sign the finger myself and then we both gave each other the thumbs up and went on our way.

  • Anonymous

    They are frantically looking for a seat on the bandwagon while those of us that claimed a seat from the very beginning are looking down at them and laughing while asking them if they really mean it and are they sure cause if you get back off the very next time something doesn’t go exactly as planned you probably are not going to be let back on right away.

  • Jmfriedman

    I think OFFICER ELSTON may be up for that role too.. Only a soph btw….

  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    Nope, I was wrong . . . Elston is not going to start.

  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    Do they both date Christina Ricci?

  • Yogi Kelin Harris

    Some interesting comments/quotes I have heard recently……such as…

    Jeremy Hollowell….”I’ve thought about it a little bit, but if a school really wants me, they will be patient,” said the 29th-ranked player in the junior class, according to Scout.com. “If it does happen (that a scholarship isn’t available), then I’ll have to pick another school. If a school really wants you, then they’ll wait for you to decide.”

    What is interesting about this is how OSU have apparently moved on and how I heard Dak say, it is going to get to the point at IU that some guys are going to have to decide or IU will move on. I have said Hollowell as talented as he is may end up like Jeremiah Davis, left out in the cold. Especially ‘after’ Ferell commits and Harris gets ALL the focus on him.

    The train is leaving…..or the train has left.

  • N71

    Yogi does not want IU, he prefers Wake Forest. We need to move in another direction fast and land a strong point guard. Too bad, I thought Yogi would be helping hang banner #6.

  • Roninjeffersonville

    Ok you say Yogi don’t want IU. 1. How many IU football games has Yogi been to this Year? 2.If best friend Just signed with IU. 3. How many special Basketball events Has Yogi been too? 4. His dad thinks it will be IU. 5. His dad mentioned he hasnt been on any visits other then IU. ( my guess he never even seen Wake Forest).
    This team is being made up if players that played on the same AAU team. When they all get to IU they will know how each other plays. They will be special as freshmen. I would say 100% Yogi is a Hoosiers.

  • N71

    See Yogi’s Twitter, Wake Forest appears to be the preference. I agree with your points, would have thought Yogi was a lock. Why then would his Twitter page imply otherwise? Perhaps I’m misreading it. Take a look and let me know what you think.

    http://twitter.com/kevinferrell11

  • Roninjeffersonville

    I catch his page at least twice a day. Look at his back ground, there is Cody. Sure, he picked 6 schools. But in all honesty, I cant imagine him going anywhere but IU. So relax

  • LTTelamon

    Two or three tweets do not a decision make. He’s a kid. He’s excited a good school offered him. The tendency is to to forget that these are high school kids making difficult decisions and being pulled in different directions, as teenagers will be. I absolutely support the right of student athletes to be on Twitter and Facebook, etc., as I’ve posted here before, but sometimes I think this sort of day to day info is too much for fans to handle.

  • Anonymous

    He also said that the schools are in no particular order.

  • Anonymous

    He also said that the schools are in no particular order.

  • Tberry

    The train just blew the whistle and will soon be leaving the station. Which players will be on board and which will be left standing???

  • Anonymous

    My thought was that Etherington would start over Jones because he is a better defensive player, better rebounder, better assist man, and a better shooter. But, after the Wright State game, I would have to agree the starters in 2012-13 are Guy, Zeller, Watford, Creek and Jones, with some truly great subs in Hulls, Oladipo, Sheehey, Etherington, Elston, Pritchard, Capo, and Roth! An abundance of PLAYERS!