Delaney impressed with play of Ferrell, Lyles at Nations

  • 08/09/2011 9:31 am in

Jason Delaney is entering his first season as head coach at Indianapolis Arensal Tech where he’ll lead a talented group of returning players led by Trey Lyles. Delaney coached last season at Indianapolis Washington, which opened and closed its season with losses to Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell and Park Tudor.

With that unique perspective, Delaney is well-versed in the development and progress of both Indiana commitments and he spoke to Inside the Hall on Tuesday morning about the play of each at adidas Nations:

On Yogi Ferrell at adidas Nations:

“Yogi is a fantastic point guard. You see the improvement over the last couple of years. I coached against him twice last year and just from the sectional championship game, he’s improved even more with his ability to score, especially the pull-up jumper. But he makes the guys around him so much better and that’s what you need from your point guard. You need a leader and you need someone who makes the other players on the floor better. And I think Yogi’s definitely doing that. He’s such a strong guard, too. That makes him tough to guard because he can take contact when he gets into the lane.”

On Trey Lyles at adidas Nations:

“As a fan and his coach, it’s like being his big brother. I’m not going to say father because I’m not that old. I’m so proud of him for playing on that stage. When he got in (last night), I thought he did a great job. 12 points and six rebounds. He’s playing up against older kids and he showed that he belonged. I just hope that all transforms back at the high school level where he can make his teammates around him better like Yogi and use the experiences that he’s been blessed to do and really utilize those on the high school level.”

On how Lyles will be used next season at Tech:

“He’ll be inside-outside depending on matchups. Right now, as they commented last night (on the broadcast), for his age, he has a great touch on the perimeter. He was knocking down jump shots last night and that’s something he’s done this whole year, his freshman year. We want to utilize him a little more in the post as well. That way he’s a strong all-around player. But he’s pretty polished for his age and I know with him, he’ll continue to work hard in the gym. He’s never satisfied. It was kind of a measuring stick (at adidas Nations). He got to go out there and see how he stood against some of the nation’s and world’s top talent and reassess it and come back and work on the little parts of the game that he feels like and we feel like that he needs to strengthen.”

(Photo credit: Adidas Nations)

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  • MillaRed

    I am excited about all of the recruits but there really isn’t anyone coming on that has Yogi’s skills. He will put so much pressure on the defense. Our wings and bigs will get many easy buckets when they run the floor.

    While watching the mess that is an AAU type basketball tournament, Yogi was one of a few players that was actually doing what was needed to win. Aside from a few times he got a little too fancy, every assist was right on the money. Incredible talent!

  • MillaRed

    I am excited about all of the recruits but there really isn’t anyone coming on that has Yogi’s skills. He will put so much pressure on the defense. Our wings and bigs will get many easy buckets when they run the floor.

    While watching the mess that is an AAU type basketball tournament, Yogi was one of a few players that was actually doing what was needed to win. Aside from a few times he got a little too fancy, every assist was right on the money. Incredible talent!

  • MillaRed

    I am excited about all of the recruits but there really isn’t anyone coming on that has Yogi’s skills. He will put so much pressure on the defense. Our wings and bigs will get many easy buckets when they run the floor.

    While watching the mess that is an AAU type basketball tournament, Yogi was one of a few players that was actually doing what was needed to win. Aside from a few times he got a little too fancy, every assist was right on the money. Incredible talent!

  • MillaRed

    I am excited about all of the recruits but there really isn’t anyone coming on that has Yogi’s skills. He will put so much pressure on the defense. Our wings and bigs will get many easy buckets when they run the floor.

    While watching the mess that is an AAU type basketball tournament, Yogi was one of a few players that was actually doing what was needed to win. Aside from a few times he got a little too fancy, every assist was right on the money. Incredible talent!

  • HoosierDadE

    I must be having a brain fart because I’m sure this has been covered on ITH and I read it daily (caugh caugh or hourly)…

    but where did the nickname “Yogi” come from?

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I completely agree Milla.  After watching that game a couple times I have to say that I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a player quite like Yogi before.  I’ve seen fast/quick PG’s and I’ve seen PG’s with incredible handles.  I’ve also seen PG’s with a knack for delivering the ball in tight spaces exactly where it needs to be delivered.  I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a PG (definitely at this level) who can do all three and more. 

    There was one play in particular in the first half on the wing where Yogi seemed to put the ball out in front of him to dare his defender into going for the ball.  The other kid made a move for the ball and like a flash is was behind Yogi’s back and he blew by him leading to what should have been a very impressive assist but the layup was missed because of a foul (I think).  I just remember thinking, “Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a kid who seems to dare the opponent to try and take the ball from him quite like Yogi does.”

    He’s so confident on the dribble that guys absolutely cannot take the ball from him.  He’s going to commit some silly TO’s at the next level because he’s high octane from start to finish and will force things occasionally, but his ball control at that speed is amazing!

  • Luke72

    The last time IU had a Point Guard as good as Yogi can be we put up a Banner in the Hall. Yogi may not at this point be as tough as I. Thomas but with a little time he might be dead even even in that category! Best performance in the game last night I’ve seen by a point in a long time! Yogi Rocks!

  • Luke72

    The last time IU had a Point Guard as good as Yogi can be we put up a Banner in the Hall. Yogi may not at this point be as tough as I. Thomas but with a little time he might be dead even even in that category! Best performance in the game last night I’ve seen by a point in a long time! Yogi Rocks!

  • MillaRed

    I’m not sure Yogi will have more TO’s than the typical FR. I do however see a lot of balls bouncing off chins if the other kids do not put their heads on a swivel.

    Look at the chemistry he had with the center in that game. I’m sure Yogi kept it quite simple, “Run the floor and look for the ball at all times. Even when it doesn’t look like I’m passing. Just keep running!”

    Cody is going to LOVE playing with this kid.

  • MillaRed

    I’m not sure Yogi will have more TO’s than the typical FR. I do however see a lot of balls bouncing off chins if the other kids do not put their heads on a swivel.

    Look at the chemistry he had with the center in that game. I’m sure Yogi kept it quite simple, “Run the floor and look for the ball at all times. Even when it doesn’t look like I’m passing. Just keep running!”

    Cody is going to LOVE playing with this kid.

  • Anonymous

    the whole time watching Yogi I was thinking, “who would not want to play college ball with this kid”.  I would have to think that he would be one of our best players to attract future recruits. 

  • Anonymous

    the whole time watching Yogi I was thinking, “who would not want to play college ball with this kid”.  I would have to think that he would be one of our best players to attract future recruits. 

  • Anonymous

    the whole time watching Yogi I was thinking, “who would not want to play college ball with this kid”.  I would have to think that he would be one of our best players to attract future recruits. 

  • Anonymous

    the whole time watching Yogi I was thinking, “who would not want to play college ball with this kid”.  I would have to think that he would be one of our best players to attract future recruits. 

  • InTheMtns

    Not sure, but I read somewhere that the nickname came about when he was a toddler and his mother felt she needed a lock on the cupboards in the kitchen because if it was edible, it ended up in Ferrell’s mouth. You know, sort of like Yogi the Bear. It’s a nickname that really stuck because he says he’s never been called anything other than Yogi.

  • InTheMtns

    Not sure, but I read somewhere that the nickname came about when he was a toddler and his mother felt she needed a lock on the cupboards in the kitchen because if it was edible, it ended up in Ferrell’s mouth. You know, sort of like Yogi the Bear. It’s a nickname that really stuck because he says he’s never been called anything other than Yogi.

  • InTheMtns

    Not sure, but I read somewhere that the nickname came about when he was a toddler and his mother felt she needed a lock on the cupboards in the kitchen because if it was edible, it ended up in Ferrell’s mouth. You know, sort of like Yogi the Bear. It’s a nickname that really stuck because he says he’s never been called anything other than Yogi.

  • InTheMtns

    Not sure, but I read somewhere that the nickname came about when he was a toddler and his mother felt she needed a lock on the cupboards in the kitchen because if it was edible, it ended up in Ferrell’s mouth. You know, sort of like Yogi the Bear. It’s a nickname that really stuck because he says he’s never been called anything other than Yogi.

  • InTheMtns

    Not sure, but I read somewhere that the nickname came about when he was a toddler and his mother felt she needed a lock on the cupboards in the kitchen because if it was edible, it ended up in Ferrell’s mouth. You know, sort of like Yogi the Bear. It’s a nickname that really stuck because he says he’s never been called anything other than Yogi.

  • InTheMtns

    Not sure, but I read somewhere that the nickname came about when he was a toddler and his mother felt she needed a lock on the cupboards in the kitchen because if it was edible, it ended up in Ferrell’s mouth. You know, sort of like Yogi the Bear. It’s a nickname that really stuck because he says he’s never been called anything other than Yogi.

  • InTheMtns

    Not sure, but I read somewhere that the nickname came about when he was a toddler and his mother felt she needed a lock on the cupboards in the kitchen because if it was edible, it ended up in Ferrell’s mouth. You know, sort of like Yogi the Bear. It’s a nickname that really stuck because he says he’s never been called anything other than Yogi.

  • Anonymous

    Saw Yogi play for the first time in the Adidas games sunday. Kid has eyes in the back of his head. If he was 6-4 instead of 5-10..he be a one and done point guard. Great court vision..quick with the ball..and can shoot. Not much D played in that kind of game..and Yogi is gonna get posted a lot when he’s on D..needs to get stronger..but the thought of him penetrating and dishing off low to Perea/Zeller or kicking it back out to a 3 pt shooter is just what the doctor ordered for IU b-ball. He’s smart with the ball…not gonna be a TO machine. He did have three drives to the bucket blocked with no foul called…but IU will have plenty of other players who can get to the hole. Yogi is special.

  • Anonymous

    agree..in fact I wonder if that 7 ft. white kid is committed to a school. The way and number of times Yogi set up him for easy baskets..the kid should want to have Yogi as his point.

  • Anonymous

    Kaleb Tarczewski or something like that.  We recruited him (according to scout) but I’m not sure how hard but we were on his list at one point.  I think last I heard Kansas is his leader or he committed to them.  You have to think after that game, he would at least be a little curious about where Yogi was going.

  • MillaRed

    I noticed they were posting him up too. May not go very well with Hanner, Cody and Jurkin behind him. Or maybe at times we show a 1-3-1 zone.

  • Anonymous

    What amazes me when I have seen him play is how he brings the ball up the floor.  He will almost pause, freeze the defender and then explode down the floor.  At any moment he can stop on a dime or change direction.  The defender can only hope to impede his progress if anything.

    Even more wild is on a fast break situation when Yogi is in full speed it looks like he is almost throwing the ball out in front of him as he dribbles.  He is so fast and has such incredible control he is really the only player I have seen do this at that level. 

    He will commit some freshman turnovers. But, I feel like when push comes to shove he is a sharp kid and knows when to dial it back and cut back on the risk taking.  Too, as he gets more experienced he will fine tune this abiliy and just be flat out deadly. 

    With our talented big men and shooters on the wings, let alone Yogi’s ability to stroke…watch out.  He will command a team that will be able to put a lot of points up…QUICKLY!

    Can’t wait.

  • Anonymous

    What amazes me when I have seen him play is how he brings the ball up the floor.  He will almost pause, freeze the defender and then explode down the floor.  At any moment he can stop on a dime or change direction.  The defender can only hope to impede his progress if anything.

    Even more wild is on a fast break situation when Yogi is in full speed it looks like he is almost throwing the ball out in front of him as he dribbles.  He is so fast and has such incredible control he is really the only player I have seen do this at that level. 

    He will commit some freshman turnovers. But, I feel like when push comes to shove he is a sharp kid and knows when to dial it back and cut back on the risk taking.  Too, as he gets more experienced he will fine tune this abiliy and just be flat out deadly. 

    With our talented big men and shooters on the wings, let alone Yogi’s ability to stroke…watch out.  He will command a team that will be able to put a lot of points up…QUICKLY!

    Can’t wait.

  • Anonymous

    This may be just semantics, but pretty sure Cody already has played with Yogi via Indiana Elite. 

  • base

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pqyax6gwzQ
    Just saying and incidently, Yogi is an A-B honor roll student per his mum. 

  • base

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pqyax6gwzQ
    Just saying and incidently, Yogi is an A-B honor roll student per his mum. 

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    It’s actually not that big an issue anyway.  So what if he has a few more than average freshman TO’s if he has WAY more than normal freshman Assists. 

    I think that Jordy is going to benefit greatly from having Yogi around for one year.  A shooter like Hulls, who shoots it at such a high percentage, is going to love playing with a guy who kicks the ball out to shooters so often. 

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    It’s actually not that big an issue anyway.  So what if he has a few more than average freshman TO’s if he has WAY more than normal freshman Assists. 

    I think that Jordy is going to benefit greatly from having Yogi around for one year.  A shooter like Hulls, who shoots it at such a high percentage, is going to love playing with a guy who kicks the ball out to shooters so often. 

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    It’s actually not that big an issue anyway.  So what if he has a few more than average freshman TO’s if he has WAY more than normal freshman Assists. 

    I think that Jordy is going to benefit greatly from having Yogi around for one year.  A shooter like Hulls, who shoots it at such a high percentage, is going to love playing with a guy who kicks the ball out to shooters so often. 

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    It’s actually not that big an issue anyway.  So what if he has a few more than average freshman TO’s if he has WAY more than normal freshman Assists. 

    I think that Jordy is going to benefit greatly from having Yogi around for one year.  A shooter like Hulls, who shoots it at such a high percentage, is going to love playing with a guy who kicks the ball out to shooters so often. 

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    The one difference is that Zeke could go up and stuff a rebound back for a crowd stunning dunk.  He was a bit taller than Yogi and I don’t think Yogi has that in his game after watching him a few times. 

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    The one difference is that Zeke could go up and stuff a rebound back for a crowd stunning dunk.  He was a bit taller than Yogi and I don’t think Yogi has that in his game after watching him a few times. 

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    The one difference is that Zeke could go up and stuff a rebound back for a crowd stunning dunk.  He was a bit taller than Yogi and I don’t think Yogi has that in his game after watching him a few times. 

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    The one difference is that Zeke could go up and stuff a rebound back for a crowd stunning dunk.  He was a bit taller than Yogi and I don’t think Yogi has that in his game after watching him a few times. 

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    The one difference is that Zeke could go up and stuff a rebound back for a crowd stunning dunk.  He was a bit taller than Yogi and I don’t think Yogi has that in his game after watching him a few times. 

  • Tjdarts

    Don’t know guys, seen alot of ballplayers come thru IU but I don’t think I’ve seen a PG like Yogi. I watched both games and he seemed to be the best of all the PG’s. I don’t know how anyone could be higher rated. Definately McDAA. Really liked Trey Lyles maturity for his age and in three years he too will be a dandy.

  • Anonymous

    How many 2014 kids were in the tournament?  Was Lyles the only one?

  • Anonymous

    How many 2014 kids were in the tournament?  Was Lyles the only one?

  • Theo Pinson is also a 2014 kid. He’s the No. 1 player in the class according to ESPN. Not sure if there were any others.

  • Theo Pinson is also a 2014 kid. He’s the No. 1 player in the class according to ESPN. Not sure if there were any others.

  • MillaRed

    …which is why Yogi said Cody’s commitment to IU was the reason he chose IU.

    I was referring to the college level.