ESPN: Ferrell among nation’s top freshmen

ESPN: Ranking the Top 25 freshmen

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.

  • Ben Ancelet

    I’ve been really impressed with Yogi’s defense. That was the only question mark I had with him because of the 2-3 he played at PT. But he’s really stepped up and played good D. I knew from watching him play high school ball for four years that he would be fine on offense. I still haven’t seen anyone be able to stay in front of him one-on-one with the ball in his hands.

  • MillaRed

    Luke Fischer, Stanford Robinson, Noah Vonleh and Troy Williams are all nominees for the 2013 McDonald’s All-American game.

    How awesome would that be???

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    It would be very awesome. Indiana is being regarded pretty highly when it comes to recruiting lately. Having four players in that game would effectively put Indiana in firmly in the discussion of who the top 3-4 schools are in terms of best recruiting, and dream destinations for players.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    It would be very awesome. Indiana is being regarded pretty highly when it comes to recruiting lately. Having four players in that game would effectively put Indiana in firmly in the discussion of who the top 3-4 schools are in terms of best recruiting, and dream destinations for players.

  • Dagwoods

    I too thought he would need some time to adjust on the defensive side but he has exceeded my expectations there (how about that alley-oop block he had a few games back?). A little disappointed in his offensive consistency though as I thought he could create for himself a little better in that category. Not disappointed in his effort to improve there so far though. When he starts scoring consistently – watch out!

  • jermhoosierfan

    Give Yogi an off season to work on the things he knows he needs to improve on after a season under his belt, and he should be able to knock down a three almost at will. I say next year will be Yogi’s year even if Victor and Cody stay.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    John Gasaway’s description is pretty dead on to me. I haven’t really seen much of any appreciable defensive liability of having Yogi and Hulls playing together, at least any that isn’t outweighed by what they bring to the table in terms of scoring. But one of the key’s to our team’s continued development has to be Yogi’s ability to score with confidence when tempted to do so against the more disciplined defensive teams.

  • DocLibby

    I’ve said this numerous times before (esp if you follow me on twitter) but I’ll say it fagain. Yogi have a pass first, shoot second mentality because that’s the role he was assigned to play. He is a pure point guard. A general. That was the piece of the puzzle that was missing last year with that IU squad (as good as they were). In high school when Coach Schilling gave him the green light, he was a scoring machine scoring 30+ points in numerous games. He can be that again but does he need too? Yes his shot is a bit off this year (but he has made some game changing buckets this year as well), but he needs time to grow into his “man arms.” As his Mom, I barely even recognize him! LOL. He’s stays in the gym long after others have called it a night so it will come. In regards to his defense, he never lost that. I’m looking forward to seeing him play Trey Burkes so he can shut him down! #goIU #@doclibby

  • DocLibby

    I’ve said this numerous times before (esp if you follow me on twitter) but I’ll say it fagain. Yogi have a pass first, shoot second mentality because that’s the role he was assigned to play. He is a pure point guard. A general. That was the piece of the puzzle that was missing last year with that IU squad (as good as they were). In high school when Coach Schilling gave him the green light, he was a scoring machine scoring 30+ points in numerous games. He can be that again but does he need too? Yes his shot is a bit off this year (but he has made some game changing buckets this year as well), but he needs time to grow into his “man arms.” As his Mom, I barely even recognize him! LOL. He’s stays in the gym long after others have called it a night so it will come. In regards to his defense, he never lost that. I’m looking forward to seeing him play Trey Burkes so he can shut him down! #goIU #@doclibby

  • InTheMtns

    We’re all looking forward to seeing him shut down Trey Burkes, too, Doc! Go Yogi! Go IU!

  • InTheMtns

    We’re all looking forward to seeing him shut down Trey Burkes, too, Doc! Go Yogi! Go IU!

  • calbert40

    “…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.”

    I was never worried about Yogi, but more about Jordy. Neither will probably ever win an award for their D, but they are better than most give them credit.

  • IU317

    Next Years lineup: 1. Yogi 2. Sheehey 3. Hollowell 4. Vonleh 5. Zeller (he will be back)

    -Yogi will be back a year wiser & a hell of a lot better
    -Sheehey will be Sheehey (Scrapper, Shooter, dunker, defense, energy, etc)

    -Although Hollowell has not shown the promise he was prescribed with in the preseason, sometimes it takes a offseason worth of grind to realize what exactly it takes to play on this level. Who’s not to say he can’t make the progress MacAdoo did at UNC from year 1 to year 2. An offseason look in the mirror and summer full of grind will benefit him. I truly believe it.

    -Vonleh will be a Micky D’s AA and will be a great compliment to the fast tempo that Yogi brings and the attention that Zeller will command. At 6’9 & 245 already and then coming in at IU, he will be more than ready to take the Big 10 by storm.
    -And as for Zeller……………….yea hahah

    Another great year for the Hoosiers in 2013-2014!!!!

  • sloan screen #45

    Yogi has been great .Very few mistakes and is not afraid to take a big shot in crunch time. Love his confidence and toughness.

  • sloan screen #45

    Yogi has been great .Very few mistakes and is not afraid to take a big shot in crunch time. Love his confidence and toughness.

  • SCHoosier

    Yogi would be higher on that freshman list given his assists, ball handling and defense. However..there is this small matter called shooting percentage,.

  • HoosierPat

    When Yogi finds his shooting touch he will be one of the toughest players to guard in the country. He doesn’t have a bad looking shot, he just isn’t hitting them.

  • BrierBrax

    it’s pretty scary how good Michigan’s recruiting class has turned out to be. They have played five true freshmen tonight in their game vs Minnesota.

  • BrierBrax

    it’s pretty scary how good Michigan’s recruiting class has turned out to be. They have played five true freshmen tonight in their game vs Minnesota.

  • sloan screen #45

    Yes, Glenn Robinson Jr. is much better than I thought he would be. He is very skilled and smooth.

  • wesmont

    Yogi got caught in a switch in the Penn State Game.He was inside guarding a 6’7′ man,after a fast break transition switch.He fronted the guy,and put his lower body on him and completely restricted the bigger guys ability to move.He eventually got called for a foul but I stopped the game and replayed this sequence for some people at my house.Yogi looked like a crafty NBA defender.Amazing sequence.He has talent,speed,intellect,and heart.He will lead us for years to come.

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