Bluiett, Ferrell lead Park Tudor to 2A title

(Photo Credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS — Park Tudor guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell set a goal of winning a state championship in the minutes following last season’s 41-38 loss to Wheeler in the Class 2A title game.

On Saturday, it was mission accomplished as Ferrell and his Park Tudor teammates knocked off previously unbeaten Hammond Bishop Noll, 43-42, in front of 11,035 fans and a statewide television audience.

“All of the hard work, I didn’t want it to stop here,” Ferrell said. “I definitely wanted to come out with seven wins in March and that’s what we did.”

Unlike the majority of Park Tudor’s run to Conseco Fieldhouse, Ed Schilling’s team needed all 32 minutes to get the job done.

“What a terrific performance, gutty performance,” Schilling said. “You fall behind by nine points, to be able to crawl back in it, I take my hat off to these guys and their competitiveness.”

The Panthers (26-2) trailed from the 6:28 mark in the first quarter until the 1:22 mark in the game’s final quarter.

That’s when Park Tudor freshman Trevon Bluiett grabbed an offensive rebound, collected himself, scored, was fouled and hit a free throw for the game’s final three points.

Bluiett admitted to being a little nervous coming into the game, but was able to deliver 16 second half points.

“You can never show it to your opponent,” Bluiett said of the pregame jitters. “You don’t let them know you have fear or you’re nervous. That’s what I’ve been doing my whole basketball career.”

Bluiett finished with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds.

Ferrell, the junior IU commit, struggled from the field (6-of-15), but finished with 14 points, six assists and five rebounds.

“My shots weren’t really falling all game,” Ferrell said. “I was trying to just drive and hit guys on the block.”

Watch the entire Park Tudor postgame press conference after the jump.

  • Scott W.

    Yogi is going to be one of the best PG to come out of Indiana.

  • Steve1947

    Coach Crean at the game sitting next to Mitch Daniels ……. nice…. no mention on tv of Painter’s whereabouts…….. nice too

  • http://www.twitter.com/GBuc12 BaseballBuc

    Bluiett continues to impress me. He is big time and would be a great get for Crean. He played with so much poise today for a freshman. Shoots the 3, rebounds and does the little things. Will be a star, especially if he keeps growing.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ocean2026 steve fischer

    Indiana Fans might be well advised to coin a moniker for our new recruits much like Michigan did for its “Fab Five”. If this were done and fans referred to perhaps the “Super Six (if one includes Zeller or hopeully Harris) in posts and notes on national sports pages (ESPN, SI, CBS Sportline) it might take hold and the attention will attract even more recruits as well a solidify the ones we have.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ocean2026 steve fischer

    Indiana Fans might be well advised to coin a moniker for our new recruits much like Michigan did for its “Fab Five”. If this were done and fans referred to perhaps the “Super Six (if one includes Zeller or hopeully Harris) in posts and notes on national sports pages (ESPN, SI, CBS Sportline) it might take hold and the attention will attract even more recruits as well a solidify the ones we have.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ocean2026 steve fischer

    Indiana Fans might be well advised to coin a moniker for our new recruits much like Michigan did for its “Fab Five”. If this were done and fans referred to perhaps the “Super Six (if one includes Zeller or hopeully Harris) in posts and notes on national sports pages (ESPN, SI, CBS Sportline) it might take hold and the attention will attract even more recruits as well a solidify the ones we have.

  • http://www.trinityoaklabs.com Hoosiergirl

    Watched the game, Yogi was very impressive on his passing and drives. ’12, here we come!

  • Injured Reserve

    A point guard that can dribble and drive for the dribble drive offense. A perfect match.

  • eph521

    Here’s a link to a great ITH article on Trevon Bluiett:

    http://www.insidethehall.com/2010/10/07/2014-wing-trevon-bluiett-attracting-major-attention/

    Quite an impressive game for just a freshman in a state championship game. In addition to his fellow teammate Yogi, hopefully 2014 commits Lyles and Blackmon Jr. can convince Bluiett that IU is the place for him too.

    The 2014 class could rival the 2012 class.

  • Kelin Blab

    That is the one thing that stood out to me about Trevon he plays a very mature game from beginning to end and plays tough basketball.

  • Casey B.

    Didn’t you get the memo? The state of Indiana belongs to Tom Crean now.

  • Casey B.

    Crean is practicing what he’s been preaching, folks. When he arrived, he laid out a few clear goals regarding recruiting:

    – Seal the state borders
    – Recruit players with toughness and tenacity
    – Recruit year-round winners

    Check. Check. Check.

    Now we can begin moving closer to goals that include the words “championships” and “banners.”

  • HoosierFromCt

    So will our top recruiter for Bluiett be Yogi?

  • Anonymous

    Should Harris join the club—–“The Six Pack”

  • Anonymous

    They were known as the Fab 5 before they went to any Final Fours. Actually, they were known as the Fab 5 before they made it to campus. This class is not as highly ranked. Webber, Howard and Rose were all top 10, King was in the 20s and Jackson was top 50. None of our guys are top 10 players, but it is a really, really solid class. I don’t know about any monikers, but the next few classes we have coming in (provided no one backs out of a verbal) remind me of the hauls we had from the late 80s into the early 90s. I’d be happy with similar classes to those every year!

  • ldiu

    I was at the game and Yogi is the ultimate point guard. He didn’t shoot well yesterday, but does so many other things extremely well. He is a true leader and such a valuable player

    Buiett is so impressive for a freshman!! Gads, what a player.

  • SeattleHoosier

    I really like Ed Schilling. Smart coach and a healthy respect for his players and his opponents. Class act.

  • http://weeklycritiquely.blogspot.com/ IUfanPurduePhD

    And they also got paid to go to Michigan.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Yeah, he needs work on his shot, but man can that kid pass! He threw a couple passes that whipped by guys’ heads because they didn’t even see it coming!

    I love how he plays under control with all his speed and athleticism and he’s really strong! He’s definitely going to be a team player and make the other guys better. Man I can’t wait until 2012!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    He shoots, plays hard, plays smart, passes, rebounds, and is always in the right position! I say sign him up!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Didn’t one of the recruiting services have HP at like #7?

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    MMMhhhmmm, six pack!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I’m drooling right now by the way.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Man, what a class that would be! Blackmon Jr. and Lyles are already both top ten players! Add Bluiett and maybe another like Lyle and all the sudden that class is another top 5 class!

  • Anonymous

    You’re right. Rivals has him at #10 overall.

  • Anonymous

    That is a noteworthy distinction, imo!!

  • Anonymous

    That class could make the ’12 class look sorta pedestrian. WOW! Gotta love the in-state talent right now!

  • Anonymous

    Them last 2 paragraphs is givin me goosebumps.

  • Plane1972

    Crean ought to consider Schilling for an assistant position. I’ve heard only good things about him, but had assumed he was an elder statesman type until I saw the press conference vid. May help Blueitt find his way to Bloomington if they have a good relationship.

  • Plane1972

    Crean ought to consider Schilling for an assistant position. I’ve heard only good things about him, but had assumed he was an elder statesman type until I saw the press conference vid. May help Blueitt find his way to Bloomington if they have a good relationship.

  • RobD

    the most important thing about this is that IU is recruiting winners. the importance of that intangible cannot be overstated. Zeller and Ferrell come to IU as state champs. as in accustomed to playing DEEP into MARCH.

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