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)

  • dtfreed

    The coaching staff can say run the show and maybe even mean running the 2nd squad /movement group, or they want him to think point guard not shooting guard. JH would be better at shooting position and VO needs to work on his outside shot this summer

  • HoosierPat

    No way he is our best player next year. Hopefully he will do well, but we have still yet to really see what type of game he has other than dunks and blocks.

  • MisterSlippery

    I have to admit, I wondered that a little, but I think it’s probably more just that our new guys have speed and our existing guys have gotten really used to – and good at – playing up-tempo. We’ll see.

  • marcusgresham

    And Elston is statistically the best three point shooter on the team.  He’s not sitting all year, either.

  • MisterSlippery

    I don’t think we should get into Hulls vs. Yogi debates. We don’t need to pit our own guys against each other. I like that they each bring very different skill sets together and think they’ll all be great fits with each other. It will all shake out and Hulls and Yogi are both going to be great this year. I’m so excited for this season!!!

  • Beard

    I don’t really think Watford is a PF either but in IU’s 2012 starting lineup of Hulls, VO, Sheehey, Watford, and Zeller that is essentially the position Watford plays.  A “true” PF no.  Neither Hollowell or Watford is that, but in both sets of lineups I mentioned for stretches I think either can handle the PF for a bit.  Since Perea is no doubt a true college PF and his athletic ability is through the roof that is why I see him as a starter.  Not necessarily the first game of the year but the time the B1G season rolls around I think you will see him there (and I think Yogi will have the starting PG spot nailed down by then too).  

  • Beard

    The minutes examples (while I don’t agree with all such as Perea is too low and I think Zeller as a top 5 player in the country needs to get a few more too) is an excellent breakdown.  I wish all responders would take the time to try and break things down as such.  When doing so you will see that CTC will find himself in a difficult spot next season when managing minutes for 13 players of which at least 11 will deserve to get regular minutes.

  • Beard

    I think there are a number of us, including myself and Milla that are crazy then.  Will he start over Yogi to begin the season?  Probably so bc CTC seems to favor upper classmen (nothing wrong with loyalty in those cases but there are times such as starting VJIII for so long where fans do disagree with CTC’s choices).  That all being said, by the time the B1G season is in full swing you will see Yogi playing as many if not more minutes than Hulls.  And in crunch time when offensive and defensive possessions count it will be Yogi playing the point.   

  • Beard

     It will all shake out in some manner.  But this is a site where fans do discuss the team and playing time.  It is something that is fun to do and I really doubt Yogi or Jordy read these posts and begin to dislike each other because of it.  At least I hope they don’t read these posts.  If so they have wasted their time when they could be practicing.  LOL

  • Beard

     It will all shake out in some manner.  But this is a site where fans do discuss the team and playing time.  It is something that is fun to do and I really doubt Yogi or Jordy read these posts and begin to dislike each other because of it.  At least I hope they don’t read these posts.  If so they have wasted their time when they could be practicing.  LOL

  • A_Schick

    He said when he came in and has mentioned it continuously that he recruits guys who win year-round, and I love that.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KCZUX4SBFXXM2GEHVKTVKOIYTY Aaron

    I would agree that Hulls isn’t very strong in pick and roll situations. 
    I think that stat is very deceptive.  First, he never seemed to find Z on pick and rolls.  Second, I feel like his “iso” strength, in that stat, is him shaking down defenders with the dribble and popping a three on them..
    I like Hulls – a lot – but I think Yogi will be a much more dynamic player.

  • A_Schick

    I think I’m more excited to see Ron next year than anyone. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KCZUX4SBFXXM2GEHVKTVKOIYTY Aaron

    With that Zeller kid around, there is absolutely no chance for ANYONE else to be the best player on our team.
    I don’t see Perea having much of an impact next year.

  • HoosierTrav

    Totally agree and I would go as far to say that hollowell is more skilled than watford at this stage in their careers. Yogi will be as good as expected but Hollowell and Patterson will really surprise people. The kids coming in have much higher ceiling than the ones here now minus Cody. If coach crean can get this much out of our current group, just try to imagine how good these frosh will be. We will be dangerous next year. Elite type dangerous. Think , somewhat similar to Kentucky talented freshman class, but deeper with a sweet sixteen team added to it. Look at all the elite teams in the country right now and tell me which one will a better combination of talent, depth, coaching, and succesful tourney experience. Don’t worry, I’ll wait……. Although I think a good number of us ITH’s disagree on lineup variations and minute dispersal, I think we can all agree that no matter which way those things shake out, we all have the feeling that we are GOING TO win our 6th next season. I don’t have any doubt about it. All the talk about freshman not being able to handle the big stage will be offset by the class of veterans we will have. Imagine if Kentucky had Hulls, Wat, Oladipo, Sheehey, etc, etc, etc…… Oh my!

  • HoosierTrav

    Totally agree and I would go as far to say that hollowell is more skilled than watford at this stage in their careers. Yogi will be as good as expected but Hollowell and Patterson will really surprise people. The kids coming in have much higher ceiling than the ones here now minus Cody. If coach crean can get this much out of our current group, just try to imagine how good these frosh will be. We will be dangerous next year. Elite type dangerous. Think , somewhat similar to Kentucky talented freshman class, but deeper with a sweet sixteen team added to it. Look at all the elite teams in the country right now and tell me which one will a better combination of talent, depth, coaching, and succesful tourney experience. Don’t worry, I’ll wait……. Although I think a good number of us ITH’s disagree on lineup variations and minute dispersal, I think we can all agree that no matter which way those things shake out, we all have the feeling that we are GOING TO win our 6th next season. I don’t have any doubt about it. All the talk about freshman not being able to handle the big stage will be offset by the class of veterans we will have. Imagine if Kentucky had Hulls, Wat, Oladipo, Sheehey, etc, etc, etc…… Oh my!

  • Daburns0

    I really don’t know.  I just wouldn’t mix up a good lineup like that.  I think you start the year the way you ended it.  Hulls, VO, Sheehey, Wat and Z.  Then other guys will get time off the bench.  It will definitely be good to see how things progress over the season. 

    I think it is hard for Fr to come in and make a huge impact.  If Gary Harris were coming to IU, he would have a very tough time beating out VO for a starting spot.  I think he knew that too.  As good as Gary is, can you imagine what Victor could have done at HSE this year.  It would have been sick.  I realize Gary probably has more upside, but VO is the better player right now.  That is just an example of what I think you see when freshmen come to a good team.  It takes a lot of work to get where those upperclassmen are.

  • Daburns0

    Agree 100%.  Our depth will be our greatest asset.

  • Daburns0

    This is hard to do.  I don’t think CTC has a clue how this will play out, but he is darn happy to have this problem.  Practices are going to be brutal.  I imagine it can be a difficult balance to keep. 

  • CreanFaithful

    That is ridiculous. 

  • CreanFaithful

    Second time I have read “Hulls has more to learn from Yogi than vise-versa” and it is still ridiculous.  I have no doubts about Yogi’s ability.  However, I do have a big problem with the Hulls doubters.  He was Mr. Basketball once upon a time and put up great numbers against the talent Yogi currently competes against now.  Meanwhile, Jordy has 3 years of competing and starting at the college level.  Jordy is the team leader and will be doing the teaching.

  • CreanFaithful

    Second time I have read “Hulls has more to learn from Yogi than vise-versa” and it is still ridiculous.  I have no doubts about Yogi’s ability.  However, I do have a big problem with the Hulls doubters.  He was Mr. Basketball once upon a time and put up great numbers against the talent Yogi currently competes against now.  Meanwhile, Jordy has 3 years of competing and starting at the college level.  Jordy is the team leader and will be doing the teaching.

  • CreanFaithful

    Agreed.  Coaches aren’t going out on the recruiting trail discussing players roles coming off the bench.  CTC is simply telling him what his role will be when he is on the floor.  PG = leading

  • CreanFaithful

    agree

  • CreanFaithful

    LOL! Was thinking the same thing…

  • CreanFaithful

    Agree.  I think that is your starting 5.  Beyond that, there will be several different combinations of players we will see on the court.

  • Choochgas

    “If you thought we got faster and more explosive this season, wait until you see the pace we play at next year!”

    Yogi is the reason Crean says that.  Can’t wait.

  • Choochgas

    “If you thought we got faster and more explosive this season, wait until you see the pace we play at next year!”

    Yogi is the reason Crean says that.  Can’t wait.

  • CreanFaithful

    Have to agree with the others that “Best Player” is a long stretch.  However, I could see him earning a role playing with the likes of Zeller and Olidipo.  Dump offs from Zeller when he draws double teams and put backs at the bucket when Zeller misses (which isn’t often).  Olidipo is steadily improving at finding others when he gets to the rim and defenders collapse (he will need strong hands cause alot of Dipo’s passes come out hot).  The biggest asset that he will bring is rebounding – something that our team has struggled the most with.  CTC gets him boxing out, nobody will grab a board over him….

  • CreanFaithful

    Agree.  Most posters seem to be leaving him out of their “second rotation” even.  He will get minutes.  However, he needs to think inside first and make rebounding a priority.

  • MillaRed

    Where did he say “next year?” You have twisted the interview.

    First of all, he’s a PG. So regardless of where or when he starts, it all begins at that position. We all heard Jordy talk about “becoming a better leader” for the last few years. It’s something he needed to develop. Yogi already has this trait. And of course the staff is going to tell him it’s expected at the next level. It’s one of the reasons he was recruited.

    Yogi is a McDonald’s All-American. Jordy was not. As much as we all love Jordy, and trust me, I REALLY love Jordy, he is not Yogi Ferrell. Completely different players. Yogi very well could impact the Hoosiers just as much as Cody did.

    We can love both of these kids equally. No reason for anyone to get uptight over Jordy’s position next year. We will need them both. But at the point, sorry guys, Yogi is the man.

    Watch the McD All-American game tonight and watch this kid in action.

    The Blurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • MillaRed

    Through all of our transition I never once heard Jordy complain about playing the 1 or the 2 spot. He is the consummate team player.

    What cracks me up here is as a pure shooter, no one will benefit more from Yogi than Hulls. He will find him regularly.

    This sudden “controversy” goes no further than within the Hoosier Nation walls. I guarantee it’s the last thing on CTC, Jordy and Yogi’s minds.

    Our success was based on our cohesiveness remember? I expect nothing less moving forward.

  • Chesterz

    I think it will be a tough call on who starts. I notice most comments are based on offensive potential. I would look to defensive ability and find it hard to imagine that we could start two 5’9 guards all the time aganist B1G type teams. I sure coach doesn’t know who will be starting until he’s watched practice all summer and fall and even then it will probably change from game to game. IU will be one of  the biggest nightmares of a team to prepare for in NCAA history because they will have so many DEFENSIVE and Offensive combinations. Time will tell how good they will be but the ability to win games based on the opponets weakness will be there. I can’t wait for COACH to show us whos right each week.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GXE4UMGJEWNC5WEUQCU6A4DB4E Kavon B

    TOs will be a big problem for this kid…I am a little worried, but DANG he is fast and has the best crossover I’ve seen coming out of high school in a while.  Should be interesting…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GXE4UMGJEWNC5WEUQCU6A4DB4E Kavon B

    Agreed, but at least he is confident!

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I think Watford is what the NBA calls a “stretch 4″ a combo 3/4 who is an alright defender, alright rebounder, but is a good offensive player and a great outside shooter, a la Troy Murphy if you know what I’m saying. As such, I have no problem starting C Wat at the 3 or the 4. Yeah, if we have a dominant 4 and 5 you move him to the 3, but since most of our depth is in the backcourt, we need C Wat playing the 4. It’s as simple as that. It doesn’t have to change how he plays.

  • Bob Loblaw

     Hulls was the most efficient player in the nation at running an “iso” play.  That’s right, in the nation. 

  • Evansville Hoosier

    The only problem here is that he is breaking down minutes for 14 players. Someone is gonna be gone. We just don’t know who yet.

  • Holidaymatt

    In the tournament depth becomes less of an issue because of the excessive TV timeouts and longer halftime.  I don’t like that but it works against a deep bench.

  • MitchellBMitch

     How do you know Mo will be at 90% next year? Have you had personal conversations regarding his rehab progress? This claim of yours is in no way factual.

    We all need to temper expectations for Mo. I am a huge believer that he can return to form given the attitude and hard work he has displayed with his previous two injuries. But given the historical context of his career at IU and the upcoming roster, counting on Mo to be a large/significant contributor to our team might be a stretch.

    Go Hoosiers…  

  • b_side

    Strap me into a straight jacket as well.  The VCU game illustrated exactly why Yogi needs to start if anyone think this team has Final Four potential.  Love Hulls’ shooting ability, but he picks up his dribble too soon and doesn’t have the quickness to turn the corner (ergo he gets trapped very easily).

    And count me out on the idea of having both start in the backcourt.  We would get punished defensively.  Let Hulls run the show with the second unit and teach the young kids how to get it done.

  • DIE HARD IU

    LONGTIME Hoosier fan (and IU Grad) here, since back when Buckner ran the point. It’s always been a dream to have an IU team that can run “platoons” of players in and out of the game, 4-5 at a time. FINALLY, we’ll be there, with these news guys coming in. A dream come true …

  • Lao0714

    Hulls is better of being the second option at point guard.  We all know Hulls is lights out when he gets on a roll, but I feel he will be better coming off of screens rather than running the point full time.

  • Manovsteelo

    What’s wrong with that? He didn’t say he’s taking Hulls’ spot, you did. He should be trying to run the show however much he plays, since he’s the PG. Though, truth be told, it’s gonna be pretty hard to keep him on the bench for too long! Hulls is the 3d guard if they go 3-guard lineup, or could be a good sharpshooter off the bench.

  • Dschwind

    Here’s my take:

    Crean will go with same starting lineup as at end of season.  Guys, he is truly loyal to his guys to a fault, look at this year with Verdell – and the only reason he finally got Verdell out of there was due to injury (almost as if Crean used this as his excuse, like he knew he should have had him out, but his loyalty wouldn’t let him).

    Ok, that being said, I believe Ferrell will get the starter’s minutes at PG.  He’ll come off bench and be above 20 minutes per game – probably around 21 per game pre Big Ten and and upwards to 24 in Big Ten. 

    Hulls will get the remaining PG minutes and add a few more when they team up together and Hulls moves to 2.  I really doubt that they will throw that Yogi-Hulls combo out there for a lot minutes…as you are looking at a backcourt of 6’0 and 5’11 – that could get abused by big guards.  Crean may do more of this in the pre-Big Ten, but I dont expect alot of it in the Big Ten.

  • SCHoosier

    He’s a smart kid..he gets reckless..he sits….

  • Jeff

    Assuming that Etherington is the odd man out, Watford stays, Creek stays healthy, and Jurkin doesn’t take a year to go to prep school, I think it would make a lot of sense to redshirt Patterson next season.  Given the depth that already exists at the guard position, he would likely not receive significant minutes anyway, and it doesn’t make much sense for him to waste a season of playing 2 minutes/game.  In addition to giving him an extra year of practice, it would also effectively add a a guard to the ’13 class, which is all swing/big men at this point. 

    As much as you guys might want to believe, no coach is ever going to go 13 deep on a consistent basis; it just doesn’t work like that.  Once you hit that 9-10 player rotation (not including guys playing only a few minutes), the minutes can be spread so as to allow for enough rest while also maximizing court time for your top performers.

  • Jeff

    Assuming that Etherington is the odd man out, Watford stays, Creek stays healthy, and Jurkin doesn’t take a year to go to prep school, I think it would make a lot of sense to redshirt Patterson next season.  Given the depth that already exists at the guard position, he would likely not receive significant minutes anyway, and it doesn’t make much sense for him to waste a season of playing 2 minutes/game.  In addition to giving him an extra year of practice, it would also effectively add a a guard to the ’13 class, which is all swing/big men at this point. 

    As much as you guys might want to believe, no coach is ever going to go 13 deep on a consistent basis; it just doesn’t work like that.  Once you hit that 9-10 player rotation (not including guys playing only a few minutes), the minutes can be spread so as to allow for enough rest while also maximizing court time for your top performers.

  • Jeff

    Agree that starting both Yogi and Hulls is a bad idea.  Not sure if Yogi will be a starter by year end, but I have no doubt that Hulls be a much more valuable player and will take up more of the minutes.  Everyone seems to think that Yogi would have shred apart that VCU defense, but I beg to differ.  Yogi turned the ball over 6 times in the HS state championship game; you don’t think that VCU press would have turned him over more than a few times?  Yogi will hopefully be an outstanding player and will surely be the starter down the road, but I have a feeling he’ll be somewhat turnover prone his first year (as most freshmen point guards are) as he adjusts to the college game.   

  • Be real

    easy big fella. not every player he plays against is going D1. I love Yogi and hope your right and am not trying to lower anyones opinion. Im trying to keep opinions and expectations in perspective. Cody was and is amazing, but if you ask him ill bet he says he learned a thing or two from the step up in competition.

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