Ferrell, Park Tudor claim 2nd straight state title

  • 03/25/2012 10:02 am in

Indianapolis Star: Park Tudor runs to 2nd title in a row

The Panthers, quite frankly, were sick of stall ball. So when the opportunity arose in Saturday’s championship game against Gary’s Bowman Academy to get out and run, Park Tudor jumped all over it.

No. 1 Park Tudor throttled fifth-ranked Bowman 79-57 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to claim its second consecutive 2A crown as senior point guard Yogi Ferrell carved up the press on the front end and his teammates buried 3-pointers on the backside.

“Drive and kick,” said the 5-11 Ferrell, the Indiana University recruit who tied a championship game record with 12 assists. “That’s what coach (Ed Schilling) told us before the game. Paul (Bayt) hit some shots early in the game and that opened up the game for us. We just took it from there.”

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  • Luke72

    Watched this game! Yogi still has to adjust to the college game. Sure is a leader out on the floor! The Yogi-Cody hook up the Hall next year will be alot of fun! We are Banner bound!! 

  • Jedillard

    Yogi tore it up! Blueitt and Bayt were very good too! I’m very excited about yogi being a Hoosier next year! Hoosiers need to get Blueitt as well!

  • Anrhill

     Yeah saw it on TV.  He can really pass, use his body to protect the ball, shoot when he wants, and most importantly, penetrate.  I’m excited about the ’12 from top to bottom but mostly for depth reasons.  Yogi is the one guy with the overall skills set we’re really lacking. 

  • Very exciting times ahead.  I’m a bit worried about his size.  Growing another 2-3 inches would be incredible.  Crean will have a lot to juggle to get everyone playing time.  

  • WiscHoosier

    Not able to see him from over a 1000 miles away. But I knew and watched some pretty good guards in my day before they reached college (or the pros). Ferrel’s hype reminds me of Isiah Thomas, Billy McKinney and Quinn Buckner. Buckner was like Magic in a way just so big for the point guard position he doesn’t compare EXCEPT even for their heart and competitiveness, plus on court basketball intelligence, where eventually all three have succeeded in executive positions outside of the hardwood. Isiah was listed at 6’1″ (generous) and McKinney at 6’0″ probably 5’10”-5’11”, yet both dominated the court with their perimeter defense, court sense and ability to distribute the ball or score with precision and accuracy. I knew Billy in my high school days before he went to NW where Shurna just broke is career scoring record. I watch Isiah beat up on my younger brother in high school then watched Isiah lead IU to the ’81 NCAA at IU.

    What I am asking is at 5’11” Ferrell must not only be extraordinarily quick, and secure with the ball but maddening quick and tough defensively. Tough is the word…almost be the toughest player on the court as both Isiah and Billy were. If he is so than there is something special here because IU’s biggest weakness was their perimeter defense this year. Hulls is a nice player, savvy, smart, gets everything out of his abilities esp the ability to shoot BUT he is not a force defensively. Also Hulls cannot penetrate all the way to the rim and either break down a defense or make them pay (see Olidipo, but Victor rarely dishes he simply is able to get to the glass or rim),

    Can Ferrell do this at 5’11”?

  • Shime

    Watched also he had a couple of mistakes early then he and his teamates took over a very good Bowman Acadamy team. Was very impressed.

  • IUJack

    Can we rename the slogan for next year from the “Movement” to the “Resurgance”?  Please, the Movement reminds me of something not so pleasent and smelly.  Of course our last 3 years before this one were not pleasent and definitly stunk.  So maybe it is fitting….

  • seen Yogi play a few times. He just needs to develop that “consistent control” in his game. He’s so quick. Just a few too many times he gets himself in trouble in the lane. He can shoot it. He’s really good, will be great, on the perimeter defensively. He’s just the real deal guy to fill in some holes on our team.

    It was interesting, watching the IU/UK game #2, that IU was really getting it done on toughness and fundamentals but UK just had too much athleticism. That is changing next year with this class. They are all long, quick, and skilled with high ceilings they have a lot of work to do to reach. Going to be fun.

  • catronhoosier

    I agree, next years class bring depth and athelticism.  Mainly is that now our bench will all have athelticism.  Something we desperately needed this year

  • Oldguyy

    You can watch Yogi’s state chanpionship game on ESPN3 if you have access to that.  Yogi missed some layups through contact yesterday, but he’s usually very good at that.  Park Tudor unfortunately plays a zone, so I can’t say how he is in a man-to-man defense, but those who have seen him in AAU say he’s good.  No need to worry about his toughness.  I think a small guard needs to be both quick and strong, and although Yogi is strong for a high school player, hopefully he’ll get stronger.  He seems to have the frame for it, in my view.

  • SCHoosier

    Don’t worry about the 5-11..the college sports PR departments always raise the height of kids for public perception purposes. Yogi will msyteriously grow at least an inch this summer and report in at 6ft. Hollowell is 6-7 by his own admission and he’s already being touted at 6-8. I expect Jukin to be 7-4 by the time he arrives on campus.  Neither Gordon nor DH White measured at pro-day what they were listed on the roster..happens all the time. Qeustion is can they PLAY! That smart-a__ statement being made let me say..u are in for a treat watching Yogi. He can score multiple ways…and really find the open man. Zeller may have to play with a nose protector:)

  • SCHoosier

    Yes he can penetrate..but the last thing I want is a guy like Frazier of PSU or Burke of UM who have to have their hands on the ball 60% of the time. IU is best when it shares the passing with crisp passes..Yogi can and will do that..not a ball hog..but is is the initiator and the creator!

  • SCHoosier

    Yes he can penetrate..but the last thing I want is a guy like Frazier of PSU or Burke of UM who have to have their hands on the ball 60% of the time. IU is best when it shares the passing with crisp passes..Yogi can and will do that..not a ball hog..but is is the initiator and the creator!

  • IUfanToby

    I agree about Burke.  Not surprised he’s thinking about the nba, seems to like the 1 on 1 game and trying to do it all himself.

  • HoosierDawg

    We will be begging teams to press us next year. For those who haven’t seen Yogi’s passing-just wow. He finds guys all over the court from his dribble penetration AND can zip it inside from the perimeter. You could make an amazing highlight video from yesterday’s game alone. Hope I’m not getting too carried away, but I think he could make an impact almost as great as Cody did this season.

  • Someone should let Blueitt know that if he wants to play on another championship team he’d best enroll in Bloomington. I expect yogi might mention it to him.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Has anyone thought about the spot we have to clear for the incoming class? I started thinking about it again Friday. You think maybe Crean expected Watford to go and knew he wouldn’t have to make anyone transfer? I sure hope not… I wanna see C-Wat in candy stripes again next year.

  • Kelin Blab

    Blueitt is really good and reminds of a guy like Darius Miller of KY. Everyone else gets a lot of the pub be he is the reason you win titles.

  • Kelin Blab

    One of the biggest beneficiaries of Yogi coming to IU next year will be Austin Etherington. Excellent shooter with size, can play off Yogi penetration and Cody’s inside game.

    When is Hoosier Hysteria?

  • Kenneth234

    I don’t think that Yogi is the type of player that needs to have the ball in his hand a high percentage of time at all.  If you just look at his points and assist numbers on the season, you will start to see how he is clearly already in the mindset of getting the ball where it needs to go on the floor, even if that is not to the guy who is going to take the shot.  I have watched a few of his games, he is blindingly quick, and can get his own shot at will at the H.S. level (likely to be able to do the same at the college level), but he really trusts his teamates.  Despite being on a very good H.S. team and having the ability to get 30 pts and over 10 assist per game, he only really looks for his when the team is struggling to stay in the game. 

    With all that being said, when he gets on the floor with the talent level and various weapons around him, I think he will really be at his most comfortable, and perform within the structure of the team; elevating everyone’s game around him.  Although he is fully capable of starting on most teams in the country, I think that he will likely come off the bench most of the season, and be one of the best 6 men in the country from day one. 

    I expect the team overall will play in a very similar manner to what we saw against UK where the ball moves at a tremendous rate around the floor, but the shots will be much cleaner looks which will likely turn into a much higher percentage.

  • Kenneth234

    I don’t think that Yogi is the type of player that needs to have the ball in his hand a high percentage of time at all.  If you just look at his points and assist numbers on the season, you will start to see how he is clearly already in the mindset of getting the ball where it needs to go on the floor, even if that is not to the guy who is going to take the shot.  I have watched a few of his games, he is blindingly quick, and can get his own shot at will at the H.S. level (likely to be able to do the same at the college level), but he really trusts his teamates.  Despite being on a very good H.S. team and having the ability to get 30 pts and over 10 assist per game, he only really looks for his when the team is struggling to stay in the game. 

    With all that being said, when he gets on the floor with the talent level and various weapons around him, I think he will really be at his most comfortable, and perform within the structure of the team; elevating everyone’s game around him.  Although he is fully capable of starting on most teams in the country, I think that he will likely come off the bench most of the season, and be one of the best 6 men in the country from day one. 

    I expect the team overall will play in a very similar manner to what we saw against UK where the ball moves at a tremendous rate around the floor, but the shots will be much cleaner looks which will likely turn into a much higher percentage.

  • WiscHoosier

     Actually IU missed Zeller coming open about a dozen times each game, though it was more often from the wing feed and not understanding when to pass before or as a player is coming open. Yeah Isiah was probably 5’11 3/4″, McKinney was probably 5’10 2/3″. That said small guards who can dominate at a high competitive level are very special because matching up them is difficult, just as Buckner about Green of UM or Mateen Cleeves or R Robinson

  • Kenneth234

    Yeah Blueitt is growing on me.  For a sophmore he looks really good, and if he grows into a 6’7″ to 6’9″ small forward he will be a remarkable player.  My big concern is how many schollarships will IU have available then.  I already have a pretty good wish list for the 2014 class which includes the two who have already verbally commited to IU (Trey Lyles and James Blackmon Jr.), JaQaun Lyles, and Cliff Alexander (who is an optional guy, wouldn’t necessarily need him if we can land Beejay Anya in 2013, if Peter Jurkin can reach his full potential, or if Cody Zeller stays four years).  The main issue is really who will leave the program early for the NBA before that season.   

  • Old Hoosier

    I can.t beleive we are now talking about players leaving early !   Wow! what a difference a year makes!

  • Kenneth234

    Staying optimistic with Austin Etherington.  I am sure that if he follows the lead of the other returning players, he will eventually make a huge impact for this team.  As of now, I look at him as a potenital Kyle Hornsby type player on offense (by his Junior or even Senior seaon), and if he could eventually become a defender similiar to Will Sheehey, I think every Indiana fan will be incredibly happy he attended IU.

    But truthfully, I think Yogi when on the floor next year will lift everyone on the team to the next level, even surpasing what the growth curves would project based on last season to this season (based on just comfort and work ehtic alone).  It is frightening to think of how good Cody Zeller can be if he adds more weight and strength (along with some added post shots, and a mid-range game).  Or Oladipo if he improves his ball handling skills and outside shooting to closer to 40%.  What about Watford?  If he becomes more consistently willing to be the go to guy and gets a little bit quicker.  Hulls will be Hulls on offense, hopefully he can get a little bit better on defense (but he can certainly benefit with getting moved off the ball some more).  

    Sheehey and Elston can both improve in all aspects of their game (not that there is a glaring weakness in what either brings to the game).  Then there is Remy Abel; how good can he be?  For me, he was the most surprising player of the freshman class this year.  There wasn’t many freshman moments from him, and he can do so many things really well already.  He could be a big part of the next two IU teams, and a star as Senior.  

    Last but not likely to be least, the possiblity of Creek returning next year (hopefully healthy for good), we can only imagine what kind of player he will be, but i would certainly expect to see a very basketball smart kid playing with all the time he has had to watch and learn over the past three years.  Perhaps he has had a lot of time to work on his set shot, and can come back at some respectable amount of atheticism as well.  It is hard to tell, but he seems to be a bit stronger in the upper body on the sidelines.  Maybe he has some ability to go inside and outside for points next year.

  • Bucky

    I so agree about projected heights, SCH.   No matter how tall a kid is, we fans keep adding “hope and maybe and someday” inches.  I’ve read that Luke Fischer will be 7’1 260 when he arrives (I’ve seen him, and no, he won’t).  Blueitt is going to be 6’8 230 (I’ll be very happy if he’s a legit 6’5).  And so on.  But it’s all part of the fun.

    Speaking of Blueitt:  he reminds me a bit of Damon Bailey.  Not very big for his position (Bailey was a 6’3 guard, but played under the basket against forwards a lot), not fast or athletic, and doesn’t scare anyone one on one.  But he does so many things well. 

    It will be interesting to see how he plays in college.   

  • Bucky

    I so agree about projected heights, SCH.   No matter how tall a kid is, we fans keep adding “hope and maybe and someday” inches.  I’ve read that Luke Fischer will be 7’1 260 when he arrives (I’ve seen him, and no, he won’t).  Blueitt is going to be 6’8 230 (I’ll be very happy if he’s a legit 6’5).  And so on.  But it’s all part of the fun.

    Speaking of Blueitt:  he reminds me a bit of Damon Bailey.  Not very big for his position (Bailey was a 6’3 guard, but played under the basket against forwards a lot), not fast or athletic, and doesn’t scare anyone one on one.  But he does so many things well. 

    It will be interesting to see how he plays in college.   

  • HoosierPat

    I disagree about no glaring weaknesses in Elston’s game.  While he can knock down shots, he is inconsistent, tends to get lost, and seems to get too excited during big moments.  Also, he lacks a post game that a 6’9″ 225 forward should have.  IU needs Elston to step up his game next year.  If not, we will rely heavily on Jurkin or Perea for a supporting role down low with Cody.

  • Kenneth234

    Not everyone is going to be able to have an overall game.  That is who Elston is; if his defender helps off of him and the ball finds him he will shoot.  As for the too excitable at times, it could be that he is trying to contribute in ways that he just is not able to do.  He is a lot like Pritchard with an outside shot and a avg to above avg face up game.  His role will be most likely to decline next year, but he will be more effective in his role because he will only have to play to his strengths, and we will have numerous threats on the floor that get him the ball in a position to take advantage of those much better.  I never emplied that he was a great player, I said that he has no glaring weakness.  He can dribble, pass, defend, rebound, and shoot well enough to make significant plays that are within his abilities. 

    Maybe I shouldn’t have grouped him with Sheehey, because he has a lot better overall skill set in comparison.  But Sheehey does his job just like Elston, but his role is just bigger.  Sheehey  will not be the go to guy next year or his Senior year, but what he brings the team is a threat on the floor in multiple facets.  Is he capable of getting hot and putting up 20?  Sure, but he is more likely to get 6 to 15 points, a few rebounds, a couple of assist, a couple of steas or blocks, move the ball and defend the crap out of someone. 

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

     I know from watching him that he’ll make quite an impact from the simple fact that he’ll make all the players on the court with him better.  I’m not sure we had more than 1 lob dunk all year with guys like Zeller, Vo, and Will.  I guarantee that number will be off the charts next year.  I’ve watched Yogi lob the ball to everyone on his AAU team capable of catching it and dunking it.  I bet Cody is salivating at the idea of playing with Yogi again!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

     I know from watching him that he’ll make quite an impact from the simple fact that he’ll make all the players on the court with him better.  I’m not sure we had more than 1 lob dunk all year with guys like Zeller, Vo, and Will.  I guarantee that number will be off the charts next year.  I’ve watched Yogi lob the ball to everyone on his AAU team capable of catching it and dunking it.  I bet Cody is salivating at the idea of playing with Yogi again!

  • Kelin Blab

    No one has to leave for this incoming class. We are good either way

  • DetroitHoosier

    You’re not the one that created the slogan “Movement”…One of the players did!…Now YOU want to change it…..

  • jayrig5

    I’d argue that he doesn’t rebound or defend nearly well enough for his size/athleticism.  But he certainly improved both of those things this year, and hopefully he’s healthy all offseason and can get a good summer of work in.  I will say this, about both Elston and Sheehey, they’re the only two guys who played a lot this year that consistently forced shots.  I don’t count any shot Hulls takes as forced, because he makes such a ridiculous percentage.  But with both Will and Derek, there are times when you just know the ball’s going up if they touch it.  They’re obviously good shooters, but taking contested, early in the shot clock 18 footers should never happen.  

    I love both of those guys though.  Will’s all-around game, especially.  

  • jayrig5

    Agree.  Zeller should have had 2 extra dunks (or trips to the line) per game, at least.

  • jayrig5

    Agree.  Zeller should have had 2 extra dunks (or trips to the line) per game, at least.

  • HoosierDadE

    I headed down to Conseco or Banker’s Life or whatever Saturday to watch Park Tudor…

    Yes, Yogi was this and that but the player I want is Trevon Bluiett.  He reminds me of Florida’s Bradley Beal.  I’m sure Yogi will be in his ear for the next two years.

  • Daburns0

    I totally agree.  I have seen him play with PT a couple times, and for what he has to work with there, he does a great job.  They have no real size.  PT is mostly a perimeter shooting team.  When he gets to IU, they will teach him to play with these great post players.  Yogi will be like a kid in a candy shop.  Hulls will benefit greatly as well.

    I expect Yogi to have a “Cody like” impact next year.  Crean will really get him going with the deflections, and he could be a defensive master.  In HS, they ran a zone defense, but Yogi has all the skills to create tons of turnovers.  I think other PGs will try to post him up, but with the size we will have down low to help out, good luck with that. 

    I would love to see Peter Jurkin develop an Anthony Davis like defensive game.

  • Daburns0

    How do you figure?  Someone on scholarship now has to not be on scholarship next year (NBA or transfer).  I would love to hear your explanation