Ferrell scores team-high 20 points in Team USA’s win over Sweden at World University Games

  • 07/10/2013 10:39 pm in

071013Earlier during pool play, Yogi Ferrell set a record with his 13-assist performance at the World University Games. While it was impressive, Indiana fans have come to expect those types of numbers from Ferrell. His court vision proved to be one of his biggest strengths during his freshman season.

Ferrell showed Wednesday that he is continuing to expand his game and adding more offensive weapons. He led Team USA with 20 points in an 83-65 win over Sweden, including four 3-pointers.

“Yogi’s decision making continues to get better,” Team USA head coach Bob McKillop (Davidson College) told USABasketball.com. “It’s a game that is vastly different than NCAA basketball. He drives the lane, and he’s not getting the calls he normally would get. He’s understanding how the easy pass is making our offense work. Yogi is doing a terrific job of understanding what we are trying to accomplish, and he is leading us there.”

Ferrell scored his 20 points in only 19 minutes of action, going 6-of-13 from the field.

“I felt like we attacked the rim a lot better offensively, Ferrell told USABasketball.com. “I was just picking my spots and being more aggressive, whether I was going to get a shot or someone else. I was going to try to do whatever it took for us to score.”

Treveon Graham (VCU) joined Ferrell in double figures with 14 points. Indiana senior Will Sheehey added seven points and five rebounds off the bench on an efficient 3-of-5 shooting. Sheehey scored all seven of his points in the fourth quarter.

“Our defensive pressure and energy was off the charts,” Sheehey told USABasketball.com. “First half, we were a little sluggish on defense. We gave them open shots. Second half, we were closing on defense and got early buckets.”

The Americans (3-0) have two more pool play games — Australia on Thursday and Canada on Friday — before the quarterfinals begin on Sunday. Australia (2-1) will be Team USA’s toughest test yet, having beat the same Sweden team by 17 points.

The top two teams in each pool will advance to the quarterfinals, which begin on Sunday.

(Photo credit: USA Basketball)

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  • PDXHoosier

    Sheehey continues to be very efficient (and underrated?). good to see Yogi making some 3s

  • Knuckledrager

    Yogi will be one of the great names in IU basketball history. It will be a part of a very special time at IU. Will, Vic, Cody, CWatt, Jordy and Yogi. Coulda’/woulda’/shoulda’ been uneaqualed in IU history. That’s saying a lot. The only thing that could top the 74′-75′ & the 75′-76′ seasons would have been back 2 backs. I think we will never fully know how bad the NCAA sanctions hurt us. Woulda’ beens, coulda’ beens, shoulda’s beens…if a frog had wings? Go Hoosiers. And come on next season.

  • Steve Fischer

    As a long-time Indiana Alum and Fan, I would dread the off-season because it was always so long. This is the most exciting 365 day year I remember because 1. We went pretty deep into the NCAA’s, 2 We had an exciting NBA Draft and summer league 3.We have two players with significant roles in the World Games. August might not be so fun but I have a big murder to try. When its over fall will be in full swing. Thank you Indiana and thanks ITH for all the updates.

  • Outoftheloop

    I remember an Indiana All-Star team that scrimmaged a Russian (then USSR) team before the KY classic, and won. The Russian coach, who hated to lose, only said “number 7” was pretty good (7/8 FG plus rebounds and assists). That was “reserve”, and very “underrated” future Hall-Of-Famer Larry Bird! Keep playing hard, keep pushing yourself Will, smart basketball watchers “will” see!

  • CreanFaithful

    Sheehey wears #5

  • SCHoosier

    the announcers can’t seem to tell the difference between Hancock 7 and Sheheey 5..maybe its the beards?:)

  • Outoftheloop

    Interesting to note that against Sweden The US was 6/22 on 3 point shots, but IU was 5/8 and the rest of the team 1/14! That speaks volumes on coaching smart shot selection all of the time, which carries over to “all-star” teams. Also, Will Sheehey grabbed 5 rebounds for second on the team in only 16 minutes. I can hardly wait to see Will’s numbers this year with 30 minutes/game!

  • Outoftheloop

    Bird wore #7 in this game as the #7 All-Star selected to the team (remember #1 is Mr Basketball, #2 is the second highest vote getter, etc.)

  • Igotthecrabsfromyouthenishaved

    Please don’t try too hard on murdering someone. I’ve heard it is illegal! 🙂

  • CreanFaithful

    Yeah. I wasn’t following you at first… I’m up to speed now. LOL

  • Hardwood83

    I agree. I think Will & Yogi are both smart and winners that will do what is necessary. If that calls for passing first, ok. Rebounding, fine. Looking for your shot, will do.

  • MPmike

    Hancock has a full deeper darker beard than Sheehey