16. Yogi Ferrell, G, Indiana Hoosiers
A freshman point guard on a national championship contender is a little like a ref. If you’re not hearing about him, it’s probably a good thing. You don’t hear much about Ferrell, because all he does is push the pace and dish the ball to Cody Zeller, Christian Watford, and Will Sheehey. Are opponents getting wise to Ferrell’s never-shoot role? Of course. In their 64-59 win over the Hoosiers in Bloomington, Wisconsin effectively dared Ferrell to shoot until he finally did, sinking just his eighth 3 of the entire season. Tom Crean’s point guard will have to work to keep opposing defenses honest, but let me go ahead and toss a bouquet the freshman’s way and admit that entering the season I was skeptical of IU’s ability to play good defense with a backcourt comprised of Ferrell and Jordan Hulls. That skepticism has proven to be unwarranted. Well done, young man.
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