Q & A: Yogi Ferrell at McDonald’s All-American media day

  • 03/27/2012 2:58 pm in

CHICAGO — The East and West McDonald’s All-American squads met with the media for a luncheon Tuesday afternoon at the United Center.

Here’s an interview with Indiana signee Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, who will play for the West squad in Wednesday’s game:

Talk about the state tournament, the final game against Bowman Academy. Can you just talk about the performance and almost recording a triple-double?

“Our team, we played great. We were making jump shots, we broke their press pretty easy. I felt Paul Bayt opened up the game for us early, knocking down five triples in the first half. That’s exactly how I wanted to go out. I almost had a triple-double, but couldn’t get one more rebound. That’s how I wanted to leave my high school career.”

As far as Mr. Basketball is concerned, how are you feeling about that? What’s your take on it?

“I feel better. It would be a great honor to get it, but it’s not in my hands. I can’t really control that. So I’m just going to wait and see what people think.”

Obviously you’ve played in all-star games before, but the talent level here is tops. Has there been any difference in the practices just  with the talent level you’ve been playing with compared to other games or at Park Tudor?

“It’s definitely a lot different than Park Tudor. These guys are the best guys across the country. Everyone’s playing harder now that the NBA scouts are watching. The level of competition is at its highest right now.”

Heading into the summer, how do you see yourself working on your game when you get down to Bloomington? Is there some specific stuff you’re going to be keying on?

“Just trying to maximize everything that is a part of my game and trying to learn new things because you can always learn new stuff. I just can’t wait to get down to IU.”

Have the coaches talked to you about your role at all? Or how do you see yourself stepping in with the returnees and how things have gone this season?

“They just want me to run the show, really. They just want me to lead my guys to win. Be a leader, telling people where to go, where they need to be. I feel I can be that guy.”

Have you spoken much this season with the other guys coming in with this class? How has that relationship worked with those guys so far?

“It’s great. This past summer some of us played together in some AAU tournaments together so we kind of know how we all play, got that under our belt a little early. So my relationship with those guys is pretty good right now.”

As far as Indiana’s run in the NCAA Tournament, what’d you think about that? I assume you watched it and what’d you think?

“It was a tremendous run. For them to make it that far this year, I feel like we can go even deeper next year. Hopefully Final Four next year.”

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(Photo courtesy of the McDonald’s All-American game)

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  • Alabaster

    was thinking the exact same thing

  • Alabaster

    was thinking the exact same thing

  • MitchellBMitch

    Your post is great just cause of the name you go by…

    Do you read his blog? Her?…

  • Kelin Blab

    Perea’s athletic ability is off the charts in high school and will be an asset in college but until he polishes his post game he will have a tough time offensively in the post. He will get there but not next year

  • BrianS

     Yeah that, and the words “triple double” don’t suck either!  🙂

  • Judvare7533

    Yogi Ferrell is quite a player. He is very similiar to Trey Burke in that he is a very good ball handler, can penetrate, pass, and score. Hopefully, Burke comes back to UM next year and plays against Ferrell. Should be an interesting matchup.

  • 888

    Heard Duke Vitale say today that CTC has Indiana back and we should be a top 20 team every year but we shouldnt expect national Championships. He hates IU soooo much. Hes so in love with UK, UNC,Duke, and Kansas that he cant understand that othar schools can pass them up.  He thought DUKE was soo great this year and sais they was the most overrated team in the NCAA. I was right he was wrong. Get over it Duke Vitale. We dont cheat like your boy at UK and you cant stand us. You root for UK knowing that they cheat and represent everything thats wrong with basketball. You are guilty of building up programs like that and your helping to ruin thuis sport. Were gonna be a dynasty and you might as well deal with it. Listen to watfords buzzer beater and when it went in you can hear Duke Vitale go NO  NO NO. It broke his cheatn heart. HGes a pathetic frontrunner and I cant respect him for praising programs like  UK. Pretty sad Duky you suck!!!!

  • b_side

     I disagree that the turnovers you see in high school will be problematic his freshman year.  Yogi carries Park Tudor.  With inferior talent, he has to do more with less.

    Next year he just has to drive the car, not pump the gas and fix the engine too.

    Re: the VCU press, no I don’t think he’d have 5 turnovers – again, it was Jordan’s lack of quickness with the ball that caused those problems.  Yogi handles the rock like a yo-yo.

    He’ll be just as impactful as Trey Burke, if not more.

  • Jeff

    A few of his turnovers were travels that had nothing to do with inferior teammates.  And please, VCU led the country in forced turnovers; they would turn over Jordan Taylor a few times if they played Wisconsin.  I think Yogi will be great, but I think your expectations don’t quite match up with reality

  • Mike Coleman

    Jordy can’t start with Hulls that is a 6 foot backcourt. Too small! Look for Yogi and Hulls to both play PG next year but Yogi starting. Tom Crean likes slashing guards and for how good Hulls is as a shooter I think we can expect that from Sheehey next year and he is much taller.

    My starting line up is:
    Yogi
    Victor
    Will
    Watford / Hanner
    Zeller

    Hulls will get lots of minutes but he is kinda maxed out his ability at his height and speed and he can’t guard fast or tall guards.

  • Kenneth234

    I almost totally agree with you.  I certainly believe next year would be a good year to red-shirt both Patterson and Etherington.  The depth is just too much, and both players are most likely four year players.  That extra year will be great for both of them moving forward at the college level.  Patterson, may have pro potential in four or five years, and Etherington just strikes me as a Hornsby type player. 

    I do hope that somehow everyone gets to stay in the program.  I really want to see Jurkin be a possible back up for Zeller.  If I would think a year of prep school would help the team for one of the players it would be for Perea.  Not because I don’t believe in him, but more because Watford and Elston can split those minutes pretty well and it wouldn’t hurt the team as much.  I guess I prefer the 7 footer to the 6’8″ PF as a backup.  But that is just me.  

  • Kenneth234

    I almost totally agree with you.  I certainly believe next year would be a good year to red-shirt both Patterson and Etherington.  The depth is just too much, and both players are most likely four year players.  That extra year will be great for both of them moving forward at the college level.  Patterson, may have pro potential in four or five years, and Etherington just strikes me as a Hornsby type player. 

    I do hope that somehow everyone gets to stay in the program.  I really want to see Jurkin be a possible back up for Zeller.  If I would think a year of prep school would help the team for one of the players it would be for Perea.  Not because I don’t believe in him, but more because Watford and Elston can split those minutes pretty well and it wouldn’t hurt the team as much.  I guess I prefer the 7 footer to the 6’8″ PF as a backup.  But that is just me.  

  • 888

    nope dont know for sure but seems like everyone has written him off. I beleive that if CTC thought he couldnt come back then hed make the descision to move on. He could get financial aid tofinish degreeif monies a problem.  They probably wouldnt risk his health most importantly, and the fact that CTC says hell be back next year. Already doing drills with team . These like clues lead me to beleive that Mos still Mo. All IU owes any of these kids is an education not  a guarantee to play in games. Also dont forget that IU is trying to get him a year of eligability back. does that sound like a coach that thinks hes lost it? He could use that scholly elsewhere. Nothard to figure out unless you think CTC is an idiot.

  • Derbus

    you base this on ??? . . . HannerTime won’t start, he’ll already be airborn dude!

  • Scojacks13

    hopefully you’ve seen yogi play.  he is already next level.  it wouldnt surprise me at all if he instantly takes the role of floor general.  I love Jordy, but he doesn’t have elite level PG skills like Yogi.  Yogi is the future.

  • Scojacks13

    have you seen yogi play?

  • Scojacks13

    have you seen yogi play?

  • Scojacks13

    everyone learns when they get to the next level.  but yogi has played nba talent for years in AAU.  most of the kids in the mcdonalds game are going to the nba.  yogi is better than most point guards in college right now period!