Yogi Ferrell shines on final night of adidas Nations

Adidas’ final grassroots event of the summer, adidas Nations, wrapped up Monday evening at Cal State Dominguez in Carson, California in front of a national television audience on the CBS Sports Network. For Indiana fans, the broadcast was a chance to check out three of the Hoosiers’ verbal commitments — Jeremy Hollowell, Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell and Trey Lyles — for a final time until next winter.

Here are our thoughts on the individual performances of Ferrell, Lyles and Hollowell:

– Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell: Unofficial stats had the Park Tudor point guard with assist totals ranging from 14 to 19 in the USA Red 2012’s 130-108 win over USA Blue 2013 in the third place game. For most of the night, Ferrell took on the role of pure point guard by setting up teammates like Gabe York and Kaleb Tarczewski for open looks. In a sequence the announcing crew called the “pass of the week,” Ferrell darted through the lane and fired off a left-handed behind the back pass to Tarczewski for a layup. When he wasn’t setting up teammates, the future Hoosier was knocking down jump shots from the perimeter. If there was any doubt that Ferrell should be in the conversation for the country’s top floor general in the 2012 class, it was erased with his play on Monday evening.

– Trey Lyles: While the Indianapolis Tech sophomore spends a lot of time operating in the paint during the AAU and high school season, he spent a majority of the night on Monday connecting from midrange. Lyles, who is just 15 and was one of the youngest players in the event, didn’t venture much into the paint in his team’s 130-108 loss.  With the strength advantage that guys like Tarczewski and Dajuan Coleman held over him, that was probably a heady decision. It’s clear that Lyles has worked on his perimeter game all the way out to the 3-point line and when given the slightest opening, he’ll connect. Unofficial totals had the five-star forward with 14 points and six rebounds.

– Jeremy Hollowell: A late addition to the event, the Lawrence Central senior didn’t begin play until the Saturday session for the USA Blue 2012 team. Starting with a 3-pointer from NBA range, the future IU wing scored eight of his 11 points in 90-second stretch of the third quarter to help bring his team within one at 76-75. USA Blue 2012 went on to win the adidas Nations championship 114-107 over USA Red 2013. While Hollowell has been knocked in the past for drifting out of the flow of the game in stretches, he rose to the occasion for most of the summer against elite competition. That should bode well for future success in the Big Ten.

  • oldtimer

    Ferrell should have been MVP last night.

  • oldtimer

    Ferrell should have been MVP last night.

  • Tthomas

    The future looks bright for IU!

  • Tthomas

    The future looks bright for IU!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Okay, just watched the game again and here’s Yogi in a nutshell:

    He’s going to lead the team, rack up a ton of assists, score when left open or guarded by slower PG’s, but he will have a lot of TO’s as a freshman because he pushes the pace a lot and will try to thread the needle. 

  • Anonymous

    Things on the list to do:

    Distribute the ball with freakish skill… CHECK

    Banner 6…. Pending

  • Anonymous

    Things on the list to do:

    Distribute the ball with freakish skill… CHECK

    Banner 6…. Pending

  • Anonymous

    Things on the list to do:

    Distribute the ball with freakish skill… CHECK

    Banner 6…. Pending

  • Plane1972

    I like that list. It doesn’t overwhelm you with too many small tasks.

  • Plane1972

    I like that list. It doesn’t overwhelm you with too many small tasks.

  • Plane1972

    I like that list. It doesn’t overwhelm you with too many small tasks.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Oh, and BTW, Trey Lyles is going to be GOOD!  He looked out muscled and out aged a little bit but he has good moves, a silky smooth touch, and he does all the little things.  I watched and he was the only player on his team who screened, then rolled.  He was the only player on his team who cut across the lane when shots went up to get the best rebounding position. 

    He looked very impressive to me. 

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Oh, and BTW, Trey Lyles is going to be GOOD!  He looked out muscled and out aged a little bit but he has good moves, a silky smooth touch, and he does all the little things.  I watched and he was the only player on his team who screened, then rolled.  He was the only player on his team who cut across the lane when shots went up to get the best rebounding position. 

    He looked very impressive to me. 

  • IUgolfer

    watched both games and came away really impressed by Yogi and Jeremy.  Yogi is one of the quickest players I have ever seen.  Even my roommate who is from Texas noticed Yogi’s play and said he’s “the truth.”  

    Jeremy can flat out shoot. While he did look like he wasn’t giving his all for the whole game, when he gets hot,  he will fill the basket up.  

    I just can’t wait for 2012.  Watching the games yesterday got me really pumped to put another banner up!

  • IUgolfer

    watched both games and came away really impressed by Yogi and Jeremy.  Yogi is one of the quickest players I have ever seen.  Even my roommate who is from Texas noticed Yogi’s play and said he’s “the truth.”  

    Jeremy can flat out shoot. While he did look like he wasn’t giving his all for the whole game, when he gets hot,  he will fill the basket up.  

    I just can’t wait for 2012.  Watching the games yesterday got me really pumped to put another banner up!

  • IUgolfer

    watched both games and came away really impressed by Yogi and Jeremy.  Yogi is one of the quickest players I have ever seen.  Even my roommate who is from Texas noticed Yogi’s play and said he’s “the truth.”  

    Jeremy can flat out shoot. While he did look like he wasn’t giving his all for the whole game, when he gets hot,  he will fill the basket up.  

    I just can’t wait for 2012.  Watching the games yesterday got me really pumped to put another banner up!

  • Anonymous

    One of the most interesting things I took away from Hollowell’s game was that more than once he made enough of an effort to beat all or most of the other team down the court for what should have been for dunks or lay ups but didn’t get the ball passed to him. I know the player with the ball not making that pass is not at all unusual for this type of game but in a way that made it that much more impressive since this fact is more than well known to JH also but he done it anyway. That kind of effort will more often than not earn him an easy two in AH cause I don’t see Yogi ever passing up that easy of an assist which will only make JH put out that kind of effort even more.

    Yogi’s game….well I think OMG !! pretty much sums it up nicely.

    Trey’s game…..well, he is already something special and will only become a whole lot more special between now and when he starts sporting the cream & crimson.

  • Anonymous

    I watched those two games last night, and felt like I spent 3+ hours watching an Adidas commericial.  That is essentially what this is.  They overstate what actually goes on in the “camp”, and most of the players (except Yogi) were ball hogs.  I thought Hollowell looked annoyed most of the time, but I guess he has a reserved demeanor.  It was nice to see these guys play, and IU got some good pub from it, but the basketball was less than stellar.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    No, I agree.  I actually saw him shake his head and role his eyes once because he sprinted down the floor and spotted up wide open and the guard with the ball just dribbled into traffic with his head down then pulled it back out.  Again, Hollowell will be a major benefactor of Yogi’s deliveries.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    No, I agree.  I actually saw him shake his head and role his eyes once because he sprinted down the floor and spotted up wide open and the guard with the ball just dribbled into traffic with his head down then pulled it back out.  Again, Hollowell will be a major benefactor of Yogi’s deliveries.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    No, I agree.  I actually saw him shake his head and role his eyes once because he sprinted down the floor and spotted up wide open and the guard with the ball just dribbled into traffic with his head down then pulled it back out.  Again, Hollowell will be a major benefactor of Yogi’s deliveries.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    No, I agree.  I actually saw him shake his head and role his eyes once because he sprinted down the floor and spotted up wide open and the guard with the ball just dribbled into traffic with his head down then pulled it back out.  Again, Hollowell will be a major benefactor of Yogi’s deliveries.

  • Anonymous

    You are 100% correct.  People keep saying how all these freshmen will walk in and start from day one.  They might be able to, but they are going to have to fight like he!! to earn those spots.  I don’t imagine guys that will be juniors and seniors, who were also pretty highly recruited (and have played big 10 bball for 2-3 years), will just roll over.  CWat, Hulls, Creek, Oladipo, Sheehey will be pretty experienced by then.  I could also see this being a big year for Elston.  Last year at this time, we were anionting him power forward of the year.  Now, no one is talking about him.  I hope he has a chip on his shoulder and has been working hard in the off-season.  This is definitely the season where it could go either way.

  • Anonymous

    You are 100% correct.  People keep saying how all these freshmen will walk in and start from day one.  They might be able to, but they are going to have to fight like he!! to earn those spots.  I don’t imagine guys that will be juniors and seniors, who were also pretty highly recruited (and have played big 10 bball for 2-3 years), will just roll over.  CWat, Hulls, Creek, Oladipo, Sheehey will be pretty experienced by then.  I could also see this being a big year for Elston.  Last year at this time, we were anionting him power forward of the year.  Now, no one is talking about him.  I hope he has a chip on his shoulder and has been working hard in the off-season.  This is definitely the season where it could go either way.

  • Anonymous

    With a little more physical development..Yogi could run IU’s point in November….kid is a wizard with the ball..and can shoot..but is going to take some lumps defensively when getting posted by a bigger stronger guard. Gonna be a great player for the Hoosiers. Like Holloway also..he has a stroke..will need to be mroe aggressive…but he’ll get his chances in Crean’s sytem. Things are really looking up for IU b-ball.

  • Anonymous

    With a little more physical development..Yogi could run IU’s point in November….kid is a wizard with the ball..and can shoot..but is going to take some lumps defensively when getting posted by a bigger stronger guard. Gonna be a great player for the Hoosiers. Like Holloway also..he has a stroke..will need to be mroe aggressive…but he’ll get his chances in Crean’s sytem. Things are really looking up for IU b-ball.

  • Anonymous

    With a little more physical development..Yogi could run IU’s point in November….kid is a wizard with the ball..and can shoot..but is going to take some lumps defensively when getting posted by a bigger stronger guard. Gonna be a great player for the Hoosiers. Like Holloway also..he has a stroke..will need to be mroe aggressive…but he’ll get his chances in Crean’s sytem. Things are really looking up for IU b-ball.

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