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

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)

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    First words out of Yogi’s mouth, “Our team…”  That’s just the kind of attitude that is going to mesh perfectly with the current group of guys. I love it.

  • http://miami-pestcontrol.net/ Matt1833

    Exciting times ahead, for sure.  IU is going to be must-see TV.  Success breeds success, so let’s just keep the train running and working away.  

  • Tmartin1587

    I didn’t like how he said “Run the show next year”,  he has got a lot to learn before he take Jordans spot 

  • Bmarchus

    I think it’s wonderful, we will be a better team with Yogi at the point.

  • Taskmaster75

    I wasn’t really offended by it. If Crean thinks he’s ready to start right out of the gate, then I’m fine with him starting. Jordy would benefit from being more of a 2-guard anyway.

  • Mallen41

    I love jordy, but yogi is the PG of the future. Honestly Jordy could learn alot more from yogi.

  • bloyd88

    Yogi’s athleticism gets him on the court early and often next year. Jordan playing the 2 allows Yogi to run the show. Jordan needs to learn how to guard and run off screens like Alford back in the day.

  • Keep_it_in_Indiana

    Its happening…its finally happening!

  • Indiana_Banners

    I like that Yogi’s already thinking Final Four. I love that Crean is recruiting guys that just want to win at a high level.

  • Indiana_Banners

    I think Hulls has more to learn from Yogi than vice-versa. Hulls is a good college player but he’d be a better SG now that Yogi is in the fold. Hulls can’t run the pick and roll that is integral to this offense because he has a hard time getting to the basket and collapsing the defense. Yogi runs the pick and roll to perfection. He’s just much more dynamic coming off of a screen or in a pick and roll… he’s going to open up the offense for everyone on the wings including Hulls.

  • Indiana_Banners

    I think Hulls has more to learn from Yogi than vice-versa. Hulls is a good college player but he’d be a better SG now that Yogi is in the fold. Hulls can’t run the pick and roll that is integral to this offense because he has a hard time getting to the basket and collapsing the defense. Yogi runs the pick and roll to perfection. He’s just much more dynamic coming off of a screen or in a pick and roll… he’s going to open up the offense for everyone on the wings including Hulls.

  • Tom S

    He didn’t say he was taking Jordan’s spot – he said the coaches want him to run the show.  And be a leader, and direct the offense.

    I’d be disappointed if the coaches wanted a point guard to do anything else.

  • Beard

    I like the “run the show” comment.  He will need to be the floor general whenever it is that he is on the floor.  Be that with the first unit ahead of Hulls or on the second unit behind Hulls.  If they are on the floor together it is obvious that Yogi is the better “pure” point guard and with Hulls’ shot he certainly can handle the 2 spot offensively. 

    Looking forward I really think the best way for Crean to handle minutes will basically be to have two units and sub in and out 4 or 5 guys at a time.  I know this is how Dean Smith used to do it when he was gobbling up great national talent at UNC and I’m guessing it is the only way to get everyone enough minutes.

    I think an excellent way to divide things up would be to have these two units:

    1st unit:
    PG Yogi
    SG VO
    SF Watford
    PF Perea
    C   Zeller

    2nd unit:
    PG Abell
    SG Hulls
    SF Sheehey
    PF Hollowell
    C  Zeller (and half the time Jurkin)

    This leaves Elston, Patterson, Etherington, and Creek out in the cold minutes wise.  I suspect Patterson could get some of Abell’s minutes with the second unit.  Still if you look at those two splits you don’t have all the freshmen on at once and that way you can always have experienced players on the court.  It will certainly be a challenge to see how CTC handles the minutes next year and I would imagine we will be frustrated as fans on a number of occasions.  It will also be very interesting to see who out of the 14 players mentioned is not a part of the team next year.  I know Alex doesn’t like that speculation, but I would think this will be the biggest offseason news we see between now and Midnight Madness.

  • guest

    anyone who doesn’t think hulls starts the ENTIRE season next year is crazy. 

  • Tbird086

    I think he will be a great addition to this team. He would be able to be the point guard and Jordan the 2 guard just like Jordan was at south when Dee Davis was there. Jordan shooting guard would be lethal with all that we have coming back.

  • 98Hoosier

    Hulls is going to be and should be starting next year.  Did he have bad games?  Absolutely, he looked dreadful against VCU.  But he certainly was a key in IU winning more games than he was a contributor to losing.  Plus all PG’s can have an off night, lost in Yogi’s near triple double in state championships was that he also had 6 TO’s.  Don’t get me wrong, Yogi is a great player and will I think be one of IU’s greatest all time players and I like he has a little swag, but I don’t think you just plug Yogi in and put Jordan on the bench day 1, not happening.

  • Daburns0

    No offense Beard, because I know you mean well, but I am glad Coach Crean is at the helm and not you.

  • Daburns0

    No offense Beard, because I know you mean well, but I am glad Coach Crean is at the helm and not you.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I gotta agree with you… Crean will split up minutes evenly, and he’ll do a great job at it.

    Also, I’m sure everyone has heard this before, but I am VERY excited to watch Jeremy Hollowell. He is extremely skilled and smooth. Honestly, he reminds me of CWat. Pretty laid back, but can get that fire in him.

  • Beard

    Fair enough Daburns there is no question CTC is an infinitely more knowledgeable regarding basketball and coaching. That being said how do you think he will handle integrating the freshmen next year in terms of how the minutes will break down and how does it differ from my suggestion?

  • unclekerfuffle

    I think the context of the question mellows the answer a bit.  I, too, picked up on that but if that is what the coaches told him, then wouldn’t it be great if he could.  It will only make us a better team and with Jordy able to go 1 or 2, we have a lot more options.  It’s a win-win.

  • unclekerfuffle

    I think the context of the question mellows the answer a bit.  I, too, picked up on that but if that is what the coaches told him, then wouldn’t it be great if he could.  It will only make us a better team and with Jordy able to go 1 or 2, we have a lot more options.  It’s a win-win.

  • Be real

    We all have to remember how good hs players look vs other hs players. College is a step up no matter who the guy is especially for someone a little smaller like yogi

  • 888

    Agree with most except Mo. Hes gonna be a beast. Hes got unlimited range and can play multiple spots. hell be 90% next year and thats awsome. CTC has said hell be back next year.Hell have 2 years of rest and possibly 3 tears of eligability. Sure hes maybe a little less athletic but now hes a better shooter and alot older. He handed John Wall his jock a few times and I dont think anyone got the better of him that year but Mo did. Mos gonna suprise you all. Wait and see.

  • Tykees07

    Who we think will be playing and starting now is pretty much directly related to Christian Watford. That’s going to be a huge hole if he leaves. However, if he stays…I think alot of these freshman are going to have to earn the right to start in front of a squad that I think had us on the brink of a final four. Yogi seems to have the look and confidence of a kid that could have as big of an impact on the team as Zeller. I get concerned with him and Jordy (due to height) on the floor at the same time. But Hulls running off screens would be amazing. Now if Oladipo can just get that 3 point shot down we will be worrying about him leaving next year

  • SCHoosier

    No way Perea is ready tostart ahead of Sheheey or even Hollowell..but what do I know?

  • SCHoosier

    No way Perea is ready tostart ahead of Sheheey or even Hollowell..but what do I know?

  • SCHoosier

    U know who will be the first guy to make sure Yogi knwos what he needs to know..Hulls.!

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Like your line-ups…Patterson will see more time because he will be the second best on-ball defender IU has (VO #1) and 1 scholly has to leave…AE is the odd man out.

  • Shime

    Yeah but he plays the best of the best rather in high school or AAU. he plays top notch talent all the time so your he plays hs players he looks good against hs players does not lower his my opinion of him he is going to kick butt. If you remember people were saying the same thing about Cody. That saying did not hold water with Cody and will not with Yogi. WATCH

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Hulls will start until the B1G season gets underway and be the 6th man when season ends

  • stevetodd73

    You cant teach pure athleticism!!!! 

  • Kelin Blab

    Perea is not starting. Hollowell isn’t a PF. Mo Creek is still on the team and won’t be left out in the cold. Crean has said Etherington has been improving.

  • Kelin Blab

    Perea is not starting. Hollowell isn’t a PF. Mo Creek is still on the team and won’t be left out in the cold. Crean has said Etherington has been improving.

  • iufan4life10

     Hulls is not that good in the pick and roll?  Hulls was the most efficient iso player in the nation and most of that came off of pick and rolls where the defense switched the bigger player on Hulls.  He might not have the explosiveness to get to the rim and finish, but he was the best PPP in nation in iso situations.

  • gerald

    couldn’t agree more with those who say Hulls will start. We look at HS standouts and forget the step up in competition. These guys are dominating against other highschoolers don’t forget that fact. Upperclassmen will play. 

  • Shime

    It all depends if we are talking at the beginning of the season or the end. I expect CTC to have these guys earning starting jobs. So I do not expect a set starting line up. Also I do not expect there to be too much emphasis on the starting line up because with all the talent I expect CTC to attack teams with wave after wave of fresh legs and beat teams down. If teams survives the first half there is no way they survive the second half . In my opinion it will be scary for the opposing teams to see what we are going to throw at them.

  • Knight1418

    If Yogi starts at the point next year, I believe Coach Crean will keep Jordy in the starting line up as the two guard. Yogi’s penetration and passing skills will allow the perimeter to open up and will allow Jordy to use his sweet stroke to knock down even more shots than he did this season.

  • Lee Timmer

    I saw CTC tweet that it’ll be up and down the court even more next year. Do you guys see IU maybe using a full-court press to create turnovers? They’re going to be very deep, so fatigue shouldn’t be a factor.

  • Benhyoung14

    Yogi, Hulls, VO, CWat, Z……Hulls is downright deadly with his quick release.  49% form 3.  I’d have him running off screens. He has 3 options…..shoot, feed the Z, or ball reversal.  Would be the best backcourt in the country.  Hulls would do a good job of making decisions for a SG and pull Yogi if he makes mistakes.  If we go up against a bigger rebounding team then maybe we put Perea in.

  • http://twitter.com/btown1056 brian workman

     Ferrell will be the on court leader next year but maybe not the leader off the court. Yogi is going to be the first true point guard IU has had in a long while and he is going to open up a lot of great things for his teammates.

  • http://twitter.com/btown1056 brian workman

     Ferrell will be the on court leader next year but maybe not the leader off the court. Yogi is going to be the first true point guard IU has had in a long while and he is going to open up a lot of great things for his teammates.

  • HoosierPat

    I’ve seen Yogi play once and was blown away by his skills.  He can do it all.  Truly deserving of Mr. Basketball.  As far as the “run the show” comment goes, I like that.  We have been set at basically every position except PG.  We have Jordy, but he doesn’t handle pressure as well as Yogi does, and isn’t a great fit for the dribble drive offense.  Obviously IHSAA and NCAA are two completely different levels, but when I saw Yogi play, he was being guarded by Ron Patterson.  Not saying I want Yogi to start in front of Hulls, but Yogi is finally going to be that TRUE point guard who can run the dribble drive effectively.  I am excited for October 15th to be here!

  • http://twitter.com/btown1056 brian workman

     Have you seen Parea play? This kid is an absolute beast and he could end up being the best player on our team next year.

  • Kenneth234

    ??????

  • Kenneth234

    I think that there will be considerable effort to get a small handful of guys extra minutes.  I also believe that if it was my decision, I would go with the starters during the tournament, to start next season as well.  As for the second unit, I see things a lot differently.  Against the better teams in the non-conference schedule the rotation will be different than against lesser competition, but here is what I would expect the minute’s breakdown, and the various combinations off the bench for next season.  PG  Jordy   24 minutes
    SG   VO     24  minutes
    SF  Sheehey 18 minutes
    PF  Watford   28 minutes
    C   Zeller        28 minutes 

    2nd Unit
    PG  Yogi  18 minutes
    SG  Abel  10 minutes
    SF   Hallowell 15 minutes
    PF   Elston    8 minutes
    C     Jurkin    7 minutes
    SF   Creek    8 minutes
    PF  Perea     8 minutes 
    SG  Patterson  3 minutes
    SF   Etherington  1 minute

    I do like various possible combinations, here are a few that I really like for small stretches:
    PG  Yogi SG  Hullls SF Creek PF Watford C Zeller      
    PG  Hulls SG  Creek SF  Watford PF  Elston C Perea
    PG  Yogi SG  VO SF  Sheehey PF  Watford C Zeller
    PG  Yogi SG  Hulls SF Creek PF  Watford C  Zeller
    PG  Hulls SG  Abel SF VO PF  Watford C  Jurkin 

    Really I could go on and on listing different possibilities that would be both solid on defense and fully capable of getting good shots.

  • Ghost_of_Billy_Mays

     If everyone returns from last year, our starting lineup will be Hull, Oladipo, Sheehey, Watford and Zeller. THat lineup has chemistry and if look at the stats, put up ridiculous offensive numbers. No reason to change it…

    I believe in the non conference games you’ll a lot of different lineups on the floor during the game just to see how they play out. It will be interesting…a lot of options.

  • tmessIUfan

    I can see Jordy being the recipient of some much better wide open looks from deep. Ala Paul Bayt in the state championship game. Paul doesn’t get 5 triples in the first half without Yogi drawing attention. With yogi driving next year with any combination of Cody, Hanner, or Christian down low. The defense will have to collapse and leave some shooters open. Every player on the floor next year will be dangerous. WATCH OUT!!!!

  • SCHoosier

    Ihave seen tapes..spends a lot of time on the bench in foul trouble. Potential thru the roof..no doubt Crean and staff will have a monster by the time he’s a junior. Role player next year.

  • SCHoosier

    Ihave seen tapes..spends a lot of time on the bench in foul trouble. Potential thru the roof..no doubt Crean and staff will have a monster by the time he’s a junior. Role player next year.

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