Yogi Ferrell named to Wooden Award midseason top 25

  • 01/14/2015 12:44 pm in

Indiana junior Yogi Ferrell is one of 25 midseason finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, the national advisory board for the award announced on Wednesday.

Through 17 games, Ferrell is averaging 15.4 points, 4.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.

He’s one of four Big Ten players to be named to the midseason top 25, joining Maryland’s Melo Trimble, Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky.

Calbert Cheaney was the last Hoosier to win the Wooden Award in 1993. Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo were both Wooden Award finalists in 2013.

The complete Wooden Award midseason top 25 list is available after the jump:

Justin Anderson, Virginia
Ron Baker, Wichita State
Ryan Boatright, UConn
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville
D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s
Tyler Haws, BYU
Buddy Hield, Oklahom
Stanley Johnson, Arizona
Tyus Jones, Duke
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
Jordan Mickey, LSU
Georges Niang, Iowa State
Jahlil Okafor, Duke
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga
Bobby Portis, Arkansas
Chasson Randle, Stanford
Terry Rozier, Louisville
D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State
Juwan Staten, West Virginia
Melo Trimble, Maryland
Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga
Delon Wright, Utah

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  • inLinE6

    Well deserved. He’s such a great baller to watch. He cares about team success more than personal stats. Hope he’d come back for the senior year.

  • Drew

    Congratulations Yogi! Much deserved, imho.

  • It’s about time. He is an elite guard, a tough player, and the core of this team. There are very very few point guards who are better. He may very well be the best.

  • pandabear

    Am I the only one who thinks this is undeserved. He seems to have regressed this year to me and he has been even worse during big ten play. Last year he took a lot of contested shots because he had to. Thats not the case this year with the emergence of troy and our shooters behind the arc. He seems to be struggling to adapt to the talent around him. Not to mention his defense is AWFUL. I have noticed it more so this year than any other but he is costing us games on the defensive end. No effort. I guess I will probably be in the minority on this one but I dont think yogis name belongs on this list

  • Rushman

    Are you watching the same games as everyone else on this website? AWFUL defense? Please list some examples of games he has cost us because of his defense…

  • I’ve been a critic of his turnovers and decision-making last year. I didn’t think he deserved the preseason accolades going into this year. He has definitely turned those things around. Playing much smarter this year. Turnover rate is way down, although I still see too many times where he jumps in the air before making a pass. Had a couple of TOs against PSU last night because of it.

    Are you confusing Yogi’s defense with JBJ’s? I’ve seen Yogi relax at times on D, but overall solid.

  • pandabear

    we can start with the georgetown game. Smith-rivera had been struggling and he came in and cut up yogi to the tune of 29 points. Plus several clutch baskets where yogi didnt stand a chance

  • InTheMtns

    Being named to this mid-season list says you have earned the right to be considered to be one of the 25 best players in Division 1 college basketball. That is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations, Yogi, and keep up the good work.

  • INUnivHoosier

    fourputts is going to have a conniption.

  • pandabear

    nope. blackmon is bad as well but yogi isnt much better. Blackmon is a freshman that was brought in to shoot 3s and be an offensive presence. I didnt expect him to be much on the defensive end. Yogi is a junior and the de facto team leader. I expect more. Hes like 5’10 which makes it harder but his defensive footwork is slow also. Go look at box scores from the games this season. Opposing guards have been cutting us up all year and it isnt just blackmon though it would be convient to blame it all on him. Our prime time games was where it was most noticeable. I believe Louisville had both their guards go for career highs. And smith rivera made yogi look silly on several clutch plays in that game. Smith rivera had 29.

  • briefus

    Indiana ran 2-3 zone about 90% of that game because no one could guard their big. Too many easy entry passes into the paint causes a 2-3 to collapse, and then Smith-Riv is sitting pretty all wide open whether he chooses to drive for a closer look, or shoot the 3. You can’t put that on Yogi… It’d be different if he was handed the “blanket” role during the G’town game, but he wasn’t, because it was impossible to play man defense against them with their size. So try again.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Yes, our lock-down defender is awful at defense.

    You don’t have to guess. You are in the minority.

  • pandabear

    hahahahaha. if yogi is our LOCK DOWN defender i guess that explains why this is hands down the worst defensive team in the big ten and one of the worst defensive teams from any major conference in the country.

  • pandabear

    ummmm. yea you can put that on yogi. A major part of being in a zone is denying entry passes and closing out on shooters which you just admitted indiana did a terrible job of.

  • this is not very bright. Yogi basically shut down the conference’s leading scorer in the 2nd half last night, which without, would have cost us the game. You’re exactly wrong. IU leader gets national attention, ignorant cynics feel the need to tear it down. Not only a stupid post, but shameful.

  • go somewhere else, hater

  • Derek

    You are blind if you can not see that yogi is our best on the ball defender. Its not even close. He has worked his butt off all 3 years and is as deserving of the nomination as anyone. Just because all those guards are putting up huge numbers doesnt all mean its yogis fault. Its a team effort on defense alot of mistakes are made from everyone every game whether it be a hedge or help or a switch. Our team defense is bad but you are not giving yogi any credit at all.

  • Michael Crawley

    I have read some silly comments and pandabear wins hands down. To answer pandabears question. Yes, you are correct! You are the only one who thinks this way!

    Good job Yogi well deserved! This is big for Indiana because of the PUB

  • mdtreat

    He is our best defensive player. Hands down.

  • mdtreat

    He shut down Kellen Dunham in the 2nd half of the butler game and DJ Newbill, the leading scorer in the B10, had two points in the 2nd half after Yogi focused in on him.

  • marcusgresham

    Pandabear is the Ken Ham of college basketball

  • ForeverIU

    YOGIBEAR >>> pandabear

  • had to google said Ham. Was not disappointed. Excellent comparison, their reasoning skills seem to about equal. I wonder if they both actually live in Kentucky. the one seems dumb enough, and the other runs the creationist museum in that state. maybe they’re neighbors.

  • SCHoosier

    Put it this way..who is the one player IU can not under any circumstances afford to lose? Thank you.

  • INUnivHoosier

    He can’t guard everyone on the court at the same time.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Yogi cannot deny entry passes on the other 4/5 of the zone that he isn’t defending.

    That’s kind of like saying you can blame a border patrol guard in El Paso for letting a terrorist through in Nogales. I mean, he is a border patrol guard, after all, and it is his responsibility to keep people out of the country on the Mexican border.

  • Outoftheloop

    Interesting thoughts based on Draftexpress top 100 NBA prospects and the USA Today basketball poll: 1) KY is #1 and has 9 players in the top 69 (expected); 2) Villanova coach is great, #5 with none in the top 100; 3) VCU #17, Seton Hall #21, N IA #22, Baylor #23, and OK St #24 all have none with great coaching; 4) UNC is a solid under-performer at #16 with 5 in the top 58; 5) UCLA is a solid under-performer unranked with 11 and 54; 6) U VA #2 with 31 and 98, MD #11 with 38 and 40, ND #12 with 28 and 60, Wichita #14 with 42 and 70 all have good coaching; 7) Gonzaga #3 with 55 and W VA #15 with 79 have great coaching; 8) IU is #28 with 37,59, 88 (about what you would expect); 9) MSU #26 with 93 with good coaching; 10) OSU #25 with 4 and 51, WI #6 with 13 and 16, Louisville #7 with 15 and 36, Georgetown #32 with 76 all about what you would expect. Yogi was 88, Troy 59 and James 37.

  • marcusgresham

    A guy I know who is a Kentucky fan (he lives near Lexington, he can’t help being raised wrong,) posted a picture the other day he thought was cute. It was Calipari and it said “Fouls out 3 McDonald’s All-Americans. Still has five more.” I replied, “And still has to combine for three overtimes against Mississippi and Texas A&M, who together have none.”
    I’m very curious to see the Harrison twins in the NBA. They appear to be very whiny and introverted, and, with the unlikelihood that they end up on the same team with one another to lean on, I think they’re both candidates for major flame-outs.

  • marcusgresham

    I always liked this one:

  • Key94

    ROTFL!

  • ForeverIU

    I think this is bittersweet. How is it going to help me if James or anyone else leaves to the NBA in the coming draft? I would trade being #5 for not having any draft prospects. No?

  • oldiugymnast

    Yogi made exactly one big mistake in that game – and it was an easy mistake to make. He had Smith (that genetic freak at 6’10, 340 and still athletic) off the ground with 3 fouls. He could have put him on the bench for 3 extra minutes, but instead chose to drive and score. He wasn’t who Smith-Rivera went off on. And you cannot watch a game or learn anything about D from a box score.

  • oldiugymnast

    And our team D is improving by leaps and bounds in spite of our team not being all that long without HMP.

  • INUnivHoosier

    It’s good to have people in the mix, but I’m pretty comfortable with where we are at now. We don’t have any players that are going to get snagged in the first round, unless they make some kind of jump over the rest of the season, but we’ve got guys whose names are in the mix. That’s good for Indiana. Troy and Blackmon are first-round quality players next year, I think.

  • oldiugymnast

    He isn’t going to jump at 37 and likely won’t make the lottery this year. It doesn’t make you a lot more money if you aren’t a lottery pick to jump early. JBJ should, however, spend the money on injury insurance – and his dad can afford it.

  • N71

    Yogi has been solid from day one, perfect…no, but damn good. If we retain Yogi, James, Troy, and Rob for next year’s team that’s an impressive group. I’d be curious to hear opinions about the ideal post player for our system. I’m thinking a mobile banger that makes good decisions but doesn’t have to produce much offense. A 3 star guy we can keep around for 4 years. He’s played organized basketball since 3rd grade so he knows the game. He has a presence (240 pounds) that makes the other team think twice about driving but he’s smart and knows the game so avoids foul trouble. He has a personality as well and leadership qualities versus being invisible or always seen in a boot. Seems like we should be able to find a guy like this. A 5 start post player, while great is gone in a year or two. I want some stability so we can make a run.

  • millzy32

    Sadly they still haven’t lost a game yet but I keep telling myself that they will at some point lose. They are trying hard to do it but the other teams in the SEC just aren’t that good so it will be tough for them to do even when they are trying so darn hard to lose.

  • IU diehard from CT

    problem is dude, i don’t think you understand the game of basketball. how can you possibly blame 1 player when the team is in a zone….yogi guarded dj newbill, and gave up 6 inches. dj scored about 8 points below his average he guarded the top freshman from ohio state deangelo russell and kept him about 10 points below his average, and also gave up about 6-8 inches. and guarded terran pettaway from nebraska who is about 6-6 and is regarded as one of the top 3 players in the league, and oh ya, guarded him tough. thats just 3 examples of yogi being an awesome defender.

  • Outoftheloop

    You described Jeremiah April!

  • Outoftheloop

    Me too!

  • Outoftheloop

    Yes! You are the only one!

  • Outoftheloop

    Nothing explains your opinion! Especially the facts and observations of people who watch IU!

  • Outoftheloop

    6/2 A/TO. That is strong!

  • Hoosier Hall

    I predict a loss to either Alabama or LSU, hopefully both.

  • fourputtsforsnowman

    You are not alone pandabear. Most fans on this site are cheering for their team, and cheer for Yogi rather than analyze his performance. Nothing wrong with that. But there’s nothing wrong with expecting him to outplay his opponent either (if he’s good enough) and that just doesn’t happen. So he’s good, not great. Simple as that. He’s been outplayed twice this year at MSG. He played an OSU freshman to a draw. Draw your own conclusions with PSU’s guard. Most fans enjoy watching him. I don’t because his defense is atrocious and his offense is often to hold the ball then try the risky play. If you watch for it, Yogi typically gives up on plays (offense and defense) so IU plays 4 on 5 much of the time Yogi is on the court. I don’t enjoy watching that so I pull for RJ, JBJ, TW and the others to improve to the point where Yogi just stands on the weak side of the court both on offense and defense (or sits the bench). Has Yogi taken a charge, or tried to take a charge, this year? Its a lot of work to take a charge.

    I think its just perspective. For example, here in one of the recent film sessions (PSU if I recall) the ITH guys showed a solid defensive play on EH trying to dunk. It was good defense, but what no one wants to say on that film session is that Yogi ignored/missed a wide open JBJ in the corner (a high percentage 3 point shot) and then Yogi, instead of passing to EH early, while he was in front of the only remaining defender, instead made EH wait in the lane (wide open) until he could juke and jump to his right and slide a risky, unnecessary pass under the defender’s arm to EH as he was falling down…and by then it was too late for EH to dunk because the weak side help had time to react, and did so very well. Good defense, sure, BUT BAD point guard play. Happens all the time with Yogi. He’s raw talent, not great talent. Many enjoy that risky stuff, I prefer watching a different style of play.

  • fourputtsforsnowman

    Ha, fourputts really really doesn’t care about this whole thing. I like to watch players improve their fundamentals. TW is doing that. EH is doing that. RJ, JBJ are improving. YF is not. I watch these other IU guys.

  • Jakedipo

    Cody Zeller would be perfect! A big man who can pass really well with all our 3-point options, and a big man who can run the floor as well as our guards. If we had a Cody Zeller-type big man that could also protect the rim, this team would be tough (EDIT: damn near impossible) to beat.

  • Babus1

    Hope you win. Best incoming freshman to ever grace assembly hall and then to continue to carry the momentum that is IU Basketball, It has been a joy and privilege to watch you play. Your parents are surely on top of the world to see what a disciplined and hard working son they have raised. Please stay for your senior year.

  • Babus1

    I don’t agree. It has been nice to watch him play his game instead of trying to be the whole team. Glad there are finally others to make some shots instead of relying on Yogi to always pick up the slack.