Ferrell dishes out eight assists in McDonald’s win

Indiana’s point guard of the future — Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell — showed off his ability to distribute in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American game at the United Center in Chicago.

Ferrell, one of the front runners to win the Mr. Basketball award, dished out a team-high eight assists in the West’s 106-102 over the East.

He added three points (1-of-8 shooting, 1-of-3 from the foul line), one rebound, one block and a steal in a total of 22 minutes.

Here’s what Scout.com national analyst Brian Snow had to say about the performance:

Ferrell showed off his trademark quickness and even hit a corner jumper. However he missed what is usually the strength of his game, mid-range jumpers. Ferrell however did do a pretty good job of finding players in transition and dropped several assists, leading the game in that category.

Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star also caught up with Ferrell after the win to get his thoughts:

“The game was great. It was really hard shooting in here, I noticed that. Only made one shot, but I did have a few assists here and there. It was a lot of fun.”

Ferrell, who was originally expected to play in Sunday’s All-American Championships in New Orleans, is no longer listed on the North roster for that event. The game will feature Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Jeremy Hollowell and will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com at 4:30 PM ET with a replay at approximately 10:30 PM ET on ESPNU.

Here’s a link to our Q & A with Ferrell from Tuesday’s McDonald’s All-American media day.

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

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

    He should have had about 17 assists if the other guys would have been hitting as well when he gave them the ball. Was not impressed by his shooting but I have seen him enough to know he just had an off night. By the way guys Hanner Parea plays today at 2.

  • Dbfelker

    If Tyler Lewis (NC State Recruit) on the East team is really 5’11” then Yogi has grown at least one inch because he looked a lot taller standing next to Lewis. Apparently Yogi grew a little his senior year. The commentators said Yogi was 6’1″ during the game. I know Yogi has little things to work on but no doubt he will be the quickest player in college basketball next year. I think he will be able to penetrate the defense any time he wants to.

  • SCHoosier

    Kid has all the tools to be a great guard in the dribble dish offense. He will put the ball in your hands. The one announcer said he had watched all the practices and Yogi was the best point guard out there..period. Missed some shots cause he wasn’t squaring up in a fast paced running game…other team mates at IU better work on their catch and shoot cause Yogi is gonna give them all some opportunities. Having played zone in H.S..his man to man fundementals will need some work (not much D played by anybody last night)..but with his quickness that willnot be a problem. Love this guy.

  • Lucas Vaal

    I am sure most caught the game last night but if you did not don’t be worried about his shooting. From watching multiple games of him I know it was just an off night. As Brian Workman says he should have had about 17 assists but no one could finish and hit jump shots as well. The only high percentage shooters of the night where people that were dunking the whole time. SCHoosier brings up a great point as well. Jay Williams was the announcer that said he watched all the practices and Yogi was the best PG on either team. They do not count deflections but if they did Yogi probably had about double as anybody else on the floor. There was mutiple break ups that lead to other peoples steal columns. All in all the kid looked impressive and we should be drooling at the fact that he will be our point guard. I am sure all our IU shooters had big smiles on their faces while watching the game.

  • HoosierDadE

    All Star games are made for wings/slashers…

    So because of that it is hard to bring take aways from Yogi’s game except:

    1) He is freaking fast
    2) Great court vision (if those wings/slashers could make some jumpers he would have had more assists)
    3) He seemed like he wanted to get everyone in correct positions, even for an all star game, a true point guard
    4) Jay Williams said that he was the most complete pt guard during practice
    5) Do you think I could pull off those day glow colored uniforms?  Probably not. 

  • HoosierDadE

    All Star games are made for wings/slashers…

    So because of that it is hard to bring take aways from Yogi’s game except:

    1) He is freaking fast
    2) Great court vision (if those wings/slashers could make some jumpers he would have had more assists)
    3) He seemed like he wanted to get everyone in correct positions, even for an all star game, a true point guard
    4) Jay Williams said that he was the most complete pt guard during practice
    5) Do you think I could pull off those day glow colored uniforms?  Probably not. 

  • joebull

    For those that have watched both, compare teague with yogi. Teague has been so good at getting to the rim this year.

  • chiswede

    So I drag my wife in front of the TV last night to watch Yogi and after a half she says “You know what’s great about this kid?  He looks like the only one out there that’s actually looking to pass.”   Exactly. 

  • Lucas Vaal

    People help me out. Have they nominated the Indiana High School mens basketball player of the year yet? I saw Gatorade gave it to Gary Harris….is there a IHSAA award???

  • Bobby

     Teague looks for his own shot, Yogi looks to get other people involved.  In terms of being a true point guard, Yogi is hands down better.

  • Bobby

     Teague looks for his own shot, Yogi looks to get other people involved.  In terms of being a true point guard, Yogi is hands down better.

  • SCHoosier

    Yea but Yogi is slightly built compared to Teague…he’s gotta get stronger without losing quickness cause getting to the rim in the B-10 means taking some shots. Yogi had his nose in there under the basket last night..among the trees…what the hell was he doing THERE):

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002953805170 Clayton Sinn

     funny that Gary Harris was no where to be found last night.. not a point on the board.

  • http://twitter.com/erikholm Erik Holm

    He orchestrated a great play without even touching the ball. I think early in the 2nd half.

    Did anyone see the where:
    -Yogi told a guy he’d set a screen,
    -Yogi screened 2 defenders to get another guy wide open on the left wing
    -The initial guy got the pass over to the guy on the left wing
    -The kid hit the wide open 3 from the left wing.

    Great play making ability on the dribble drive collapsing the D. He’ll be a fantastic PG in Crimson next year.

    With his great speed, I’d like to know how well he’ll be able to finish near the rim on fast breaks. He looked short out there among the McD All-American trees…so I think he may want to use rim to his advantage to guard against blocks by coming up & under on layups instead of a direct layup. Maybe I’ve just seen LBJ block too many fast breaks from behind.

  • http://twitter.com/erikholm Erik Holm

    He orchestrated a great play without even touching the ball. I think early in the 2nd half.

    Did anyone see the where:
    -Yogi told a guy he’d set a screen,
    -Yogi screened 2 defenders to get another guy wide open on the left wing
    -The initial guy got the pass over to the guy on the left wing
    -The kid hit the wide open 3 from the left wing.

    Great play making ability on the dribble drive collapsing the D. He’ll be a fantastic PG in Crimson next year.

    With his great speed, I’d like to know how well he’ll be able to finish near the rim on fast breaks. He looked short out there among the McD All-American trees…so I think he may want to use rim to his advantage to guard against blocks by coming up & under on layups instead of a direct layup. Maybe I’ve just seen LBJ block too many fast breaks from behind.

  • Miamihoosier

    Notes from the game:
    * Shabaz Muhamed is scary good. I hope and think he will go to UK. (saying he will have a decision by April 10th is an obvious reference to the draft deadline…..UK is the only school on his list that has players deciding……translation: Kidd-Gilchrist goes pro, Shabaz is a Wildcat, if MKG comes back, he goes to Duke)            IMO the more loaded UK is the better the chances of an epic #1 vs #2 showdown in Lexington……
    * Gary Harris was not at his best..no field goals?  Looks like he will need to get stronger to have major impact in D1….reminds me a lot of LeBryan Nash.  (McD’s all american last year, went to Oklahoma St., and struggled all year against stronger defenders.) 
    * Yogi’s last name should be “Ferrari” cause that is the type of motor he comes to race with. Though he didn’t show it last night with makes, he is a better shooting version of Ty Lawson, and our Hoosiers are going to be a nightmare for the Big Tenn next year.

  • Kokomo_Joe

    Glad to hear J Williams say that Yogi was clearly the best PG in the McDonalds All American game.  He is very fast but I was imressed that he dribbled so freely to his left  and didn’t look like he was unable to pass around a larger defender, Hulls-style.

    Shabazz will go to UK, no doubt.  His dad went to USC so UCLA will not be in the cards.

    Gary Harris looked to be extremely overrated last night.  This is the third time I have not been impressed with his game despite his high ranks.

    HP would have been in the top 3 athletes on the floor last night which is good for us. 

    The Anderson kid from Cali is solid, but I feel JHollowell is as good if not better.  JH can strok ethe perimeter J.  Anderson is just another overhyped kid from Cali which seems to be a trend.

    I will take a corn fed baller from Indy any day over a Cali kid…outside of Shabazz, he is that good.

  • Outoftheloop

    I hate watching HS All-Star games. The selfish play, lack of team
    offense and team defense is boring. So Yogi getting 8 assists in less
    than one half of a game is very impressive.

  • gerald

    where?

  • gerald

    where?

  • MisterSlippery

    I love the face he’s making in that picture. Same face I make after about 8 PBRs.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I’m just… Tired of them getting all the recruits. I’d prefer they didn’t get Shabazz or Nerlens Noel.

  • Scottishot69

    But will Shabazz get to play college ball?…might have to set out or go to Italy and play…he received some money to help pay for some summer basketball…

  • Hoosier7883

    watching the La Lumiere vs Montverde game on ESPNU, it is really pathetic the lack of discipline on this team.  I’ve seen a couple other games this year and I’m not real impressed with the coaching job (Huss?). Perea is wandering up and down the court without ever touching the ball. I don’t think they know how to use him.

  • HoosierGrad07

     I know! It’s unbelievable the way this team plays. I hope no one gets down on Hanner over this performance because I’m now 100% sure that his current team has no idea how to use him effectively and his coaches don’t know how to create a game plan. I’ve never seen such undisciplined and selfish play in a game before. The two Purdue recruits (Simpson and especially Davis) just grab the ball, try and take on 3 defenders, and either turn it over or throw up a horrible shot and then complain to the refs that they didn’t get the call.

    Purdue can have those two guys, I’m so happy we didn’t land them. And as for Hanner, I think he’s gonna grow so much over his freshman year at IU and will be exactly what we need. A physical defender and rebounder who will develop a strong offensive game out to about 15 feet.

    Just don’t read into this game at all HoosierNation because Hanner’s current team has zero clue on how to use him. Crean won’t have a problem using that size and athleticism to his advantage and expect Yogi to throw about 50 alley oops to him next season.

  • Hoosier7883

    Totally agree with you. This is more a referendum on coaching than players. The Purdue boys don’t play with anyone one the floor and they have the ball in their hands a majority of the time. It will be great for Hanner to get to Btown to understand what real BB is

  • Hoosier7883

    Totally agree with you. This is more a referendum on coaching than players. The Purdue boys don’t play with anyone one the floor and they have the ball in their hands a majority of the time. It will be great for Hanner to get to Btown to understand what real BB is

  • 888

    theres no way in hell im wishing UK gets Shabazz. I hope they dont get any of these guys and suck after everyone leaves this year. That would be lots more enjoyable for me to watch!!!!!!! Dont count out UCLA folks theyve been the favorites all along for Shabazz.

  • 888

    I love Yogis game. Hell bring a new dynamic to this team that we havent had since the glory days. He will make an impact  similar or bigger than Cody did this year. Wed still be playing if hed been at IU this year. Hes gonna make Cody the national player of the year next year. Cody will get 20 plus touches every game and that means really good things. Were gonna win a title next year guys. Mark it down. tatoo it or whtever you want. This team was gelling and that will carry over to next year and add these guys to the mix and look out.

  • CH

    I think Teague is much overated. Yogi is much quicker and anybody can stand out there and just throw it up there for Davis, Jones or Kidd-Gilcrist to go get. Yogi is definately looking assist first. CZ is probably national freshmen of the year with Yogi feeding him this year.

  • Kokomo_Joe

    I will take the 2012-13 Hoosiers with or without CW over UK and a ton of FR.

    IU is building a program based on hardwork, depth, and Indiana kids who have a passion for the game.  Getting paid is great, but how many NBA players will run through a wall for the coach, organization or fans?

  • chicohoosier

    was lucky enough to score some almost-halfcourt seats for the game and cheered on Yogi every second he was in the game. I was very impressed by his quickness, fastest guy on the court, has a great feel for the game and is more concerned to get others their shots than his own. Took some pics from my seat that I posted here, http://imreallywritingafoodblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/yogi-ferrell-will-be-the-best-freshman-point-guard-in-the-country-period/
    Pleasure to see the future Hoosier great get to display his skills to a national audience. Pretty soon us Hoosier fans won’t be the only ones who know Yogi is the best incoming point guard in the country.

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

     Man was that team ugly or what? I’ll tell you what though, HP can get UP and get there quick. He is going to be a force this year and exactly what we need in a big that plays not just above the rim but way above it. HP and CZ are going to compliment each other great.

  • HoosierTrav

    PBR????? Gross! Haha to each his own.

  • HoosierTrav

    Agree with everything you said. Just look at the brand of basketball Indiana elite played last summer compared to LaLumiere. They don’t even look to get him the ball….. Ever. I wouldn’t let this game concern ya Hoosier nation. Just head to YouTube and watch Indiana elite 2012 highlights. That will give you a much more accurate idea of Hanner will fit in and contribute in the candy stripes. Hoosier recruits outnumbered by boiler recruits on the same team can’t help. Should be illegal if you ask me. GO HOOSIERS!! Oh and Yogi Ferrell is a special PG. Dave telep said his stock has significantly risen. We all knew he wasn’t the 4th best PG in the nation. CATS are in trouble next year!! Xmas is gonna come soon this year.

  • SGHoosier

    Lucky duck. How tall did he look. He looked tiny amongst the trees so it was hard to tell from TV.

  • Artwarkam

    i assume that “anderson kid” you are referring to is Kyle Anderson which means you are slightly off on his description. Kyle Anderson is 6’7″ PG for New Jersey who hasn’t lost a HS bball game in two years while playing for the best HS Bball coach in the country-Bob Hurley. If you wtach more tape of Anderson you will realize that his unbelievable passing eye more than makes up for his mediocre athleticism and average jumper.

  • 888

    Yep! Our class will accomplish more than any of the other scholls classes. ESPNs ranking of our class is just offensive a biased. They are affraid to give us a high rating that other recruits will see and be impressed by. Im meqan look at last yeqar they had Wiltjer right behind Cody. LOL. Pathetic. Now we all know Codys the best freshman in the country. He outplayed unibrow both times they played and they wont give him credit. Theyve ranked the movement way to low and theyre gonna look rediculous again. This class is gonna be a household name before they are done.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I’m with you on IU building a program the right way and all that.  However, Kentucky plays hard.  They share the ball and genuinely appear to enjoy being on the court together.  They are one and done player but Calipari gets them to play really hard.  I’m not saying UK plays harder than our guys or anything like that but Kentucky plays with effort and they play as a team (at least this year).

  • IUeconAlum

    Indiana Mr. Basketball

  • HoosierKen73

    Have they named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball yet? I keep looking for the breaking news. Anyone know when it gets announced? I agree this class will be a great one, when it’s all said and done. Honestly think Cody’s on it for the long haul also.. I think it’s his parents.. Look at Tyler..he stayed it out at NC. Does anyone know, id Yogi actually 6′ 1″ as he was being given credit for at the MickeyD’s game?

  • HoosierKen73

    Have they named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball yet? I keep looking for the breaking news. Anyone know when it gets announced? I agree this class will be a great one, when it’s all said and done. Honestly think Cody’s on it for the long haul also.. I think it’s his parents.. Look at Tyler..he stayed it out at NC. Does anyone know, id Yogi actually 6′ 1″ as he was being given credit for at the MickeyD’s game?

  • http://twitter.com/RatKingCole Cole Phillips Allen

     I would say Yogi is about 6’0”.  Usually the roster gives you shoes as well.  But like Dan Dakich says: “Height is the most overrated attribute for a college guard”.  Also, the fact that he is shorter will lessen the chances he leaves early for an NBA draft (not too much demand for 5’11”-6′ point guards. Mr. Basketball is going to be announced this Sunday 4-8.  It’d be tough to argue Yogi as Mr. Basketball… I mean he was a two time state champ, one time runner up, McDonalds All-American and also had a better performance than Gary in the McDonalds game (although yogi still didn’t shoot well).  Yogi should win Mr. Basketball for sure.

  • http://twitter.com/RatKingCole Cole Phillips Allen

     I would say Yogi is about 6’0”.  Usually the roster gives you shoes as well.  But like Dan Dakich says: “Height is the most overrated attribute for a college guard”.  Also, the fact that he is shorter will lessen the chances he leaves early for an NBA draft (not too much demand for 5’11”-6′ point guards. Mr. Basketball is going to be announced this Sunday 4-8.  It’d be tough to argue Yogi as Mr. Basketball… I mean he was a two time state champ, one time runner up, McDonalds All-American and also had a better performance than Gary in the McDonalds game (although yogi still didn’t shoot well).  Yogi should win Mr. Basketball for sure.

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