Ferrell selected for 2012 McDonald’s All-American team

  • 02/09/2012 5:13 pm in

For the second straight year, Tom Crean will bring a McDonald’s All-American to Bloomington.

Following in the footsteps of his good friend and future teammate Cody Zeller, 2012 Park Tudor point guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell was named to the 2012 McDonald’s All-American team on Thursday.

The 24-man roster was revealed on ESPNU. For the second consecutive year, the game will be played at the United Center in Chicago.

Ferrell is the 26th McDonald’s All-American to sign with Indiana. He’s expected to make an immediate impact next season in Bloomington in the Hoosier backcourt.

“He’s very quick. He’s going to be a different look for some of the other point guards in the Big Ten because his speed and tenacity are his best attributes,” ESPN.com senior basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep told Inside the Hall earlier this winter.

“He just wants to get into you. He’s a fearless kid. I think once he gets comfortable with using the weapons that are going to be at his disposal, and he will have a revamped lineup of weapons at his disposal, that’s when he’ll truly max out his ability. He’s difficult to guard, you can’t knock him down and he’s just got an edge to his game that has always been very helpful.”

Ferrell and Park Tudor (15-2) are the favorites to repeat as the Class 2A state champions. As a junior, Ferrell scored 14 points, dished out six assists and grabbed five rebounds as the Panthers defeated Bishop Noll 43-42 in the title game.

This season, he’s averaging 17.8 points and 6.3 assists per game. Ferrell is rated the No. 17 prospect nationally by Rivals.com.

“When Yogi comes in, part of his tools are his charisma, his fearlessness, he’s absolutely relentless when it comes to winning and he puts winning first,” Crean said of his future point guard on signing day. “I’ve seen him go against kids three years younger and people three years older and it never made a difference.”

MCDONALD’S ALL-AMERICANS TO ATTEND INDIANA

Tom Baker – 1977
Ray Tolbert – 1977
Landon Turner – 1978
Isiah Thomas – 1979
John Flowers – 1981
Daryl Thomas – 1983
Delray Brooks – 1984
Ricky Calloway – 1985
Jay Edwards – 1987
Eric Anderson – 1988
Greg Graham – 1989
Pat Graham – 1989
Damon Bailey – 1990
Alan Henderson – 1991
Sherron Wilkerson – 1993
Andrae Patterson – 1994
Neil Reed – 1994
Jason Collier – 1996
Luke Recker – 1997
Dane Fife – 1998
Jared Jeffries – 2000
Bracey Wright – 2002
D.J. White – 2004
Eric Gordon – 2007
Cody Zeller – 2011
Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell – 2012

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  • Casey B.

    Psh. No big deal, right?

  • IULaw79

    Big Congrats for Yogi.  Can’t wait to see him in Bloomington next year.

  • Miamihoosier

    This year has been a lot of fun playing the role of underdog in all the big games, but I think it might be even more fun being the nation’s best team next year………

  • Shizon

    Giggity

  • BrianS

    Can we delete Reed off this..  

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Congratulations Yogi!! You’ve got a bright future in Bloomington.

  • Tokuly

    can’t wait till the 2012 class is in B–Town.

  • HoosierTrav

    Really thought hollowell was going to sneak in but hopefully he takes offense to this snub and proves why he should be in. Can’t wait to watch the mcdonalds game bc yogi will show he is the TOP true point in the nation on a national platform. #lobcity2.0

  • HoosierTrav

    Really thought hollowell was going to sneak in but hopefully he takes offense to this snub and proves why he should be in. Can’t wait to watch the mcdonalds game bc yogi will show he is the TOP true point in the nation on a national platform. #lobcity2.0

  • Luke72

    Very happy to see him included! Only 24 spots for an a huge amount of talent out there! Still think that some of the other class of 2012 will end up on alot of ALL teams! Go IU!

  • obat

    Congrats to The Little Handsome!

  • iufan4life10

    Congrats Yogi, well deserved.

    Hollowell, Perea, Patterson and Jurkin rejection is the greatest motivator.  Hoosier nation is thankful for you committing to “The Movement.”  Keep working hard and winning!!

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    you think this year has been fun …  great to be a Hoosier fan!!  the 2014 class may out do next year if Cliff Alexander  J Lyle come to the fold with Blackmon and Trey. wow

  • Yogi is the point guard that IU has been waiting for for how many years now, like since Isiah Thomas. It is going to be nice having a guy handle the ball that is as quick and can hanle the ball like Yogi can. He will make everyone better on the floor for IU.

  • Interesting that from 2007-11 was the longest we went without one.   Wonder how close some of our other recruits came to being named. We did have more than one in ’89.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    That’s my boy… Can anyone say starting PG? 90 percent of the time?

  • Plane1972

    Congrats, Yogi!

    Mitch McGary doesn’t make the cut in a guard-heavy game and Nerlens Noel’s late reclass won’t have ESPN’s top-ranked player in the game. Interesting.

  • HoosierPat

    Congrats to Yogi and to coach Crean and his entire staff.  They have done a fantastic job in reeling in top-notch recruits.  Yogi is among some great ball players on that list.  I look for him to come in and make an immediate impact as a point guard.  His ability will really develop IU’s ability to run the dribble drive effectively.

  • Jmkl223

    Hollowell just tweeted “its personal now…” that was 5 min after the teams were announced if he needed anymore motivation i think he got it 

  • Jmkl223

    Hollowell just tweeted “its personal now…” that was 5 min after the teams were announced if he needed anymore motivation i think he got it 

  • Big Congrats to Yogi. Going to be a great 2012 class and this is a tremendous honor for one of the signature pieces of that class. 

  • Oldguyy

    Patterson and Read in ’94 didn’t get us much.  But I see some of Quinn Buckner’s refusal to lose in Yogi.

  • Oldguyy

    Patterson and Read in ’94 didn’t get us much.  But I see some of Quinn Buckner’s refusal to lose in Yogi.

  • IUJeff

    Yogi’s toughness is a given. No one that size gets to where he is in bball without it. 

    His high bball IQ and his ability to make his team-mates better will be his best attributes IMO. 

  • SCHoosier

    If he stays healthy..Yogi will be IU’s best point guard since I. Thomas.

  • Kelin Blab

    Surprised McGary didn’t, at one point was a top 3 player in the country.

  • 5th year players aren’t eligible.

  • CH

    i forgot about Jason Collier boy he was a flop

  • CH

    i forgot about Jason Collier boy he was a flop

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Yogi is the recruit I’ve been most excited about in the past ten years!  I love Cody Zeller but a PG like Yogi comes along once in a decade and when teams have a PG like that, they are likely to win a national championship!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I heard Reed choked in that game anyway…

  • Geoff_85

    He averaged 9ppg 5rpg in 23 min/game as a freshman. 10ppg 5rpg in 25 min/game in 9 games as a sophomore. Transferred to Ga. Tech and averaged 17ppg 7rpg in 34 min/game as a junior. 17ppg 9rpg in 32 min/game as a senior. Hardly a flop. He was drafted 15th overall. It was sad when he died. Enlarged heart…makes me wonder why athletes like him and Darryl Kile didn’t have their physical deficiencies caught at some point in their careers. Very sad.