Film Session: Illinois

  • 01/20/2015 10:15 am in

While Yogi Ferrell finished Sunday’s bout in Champaign just 1-of-9 from the floor, he dished out nine assists and turned the ball over just once — flashing leadership on both ends of the court. Ferrell also snagged three boards and affected the outcome of a few others.

We’ll take a look at Ferrell setting up his teammates in the latest edition of Film Session:

With the Hoosiers in an early 14-3 hole, Ferrell gets a ball screen from Collin Hartman up top. Ferrell ends up taking the ball the other way:


With just 10 seconds to go on the shot clock, Ferrell is jammed up on the left wing with three Illini defenders. Ahmad Starks is keeping watch with a foot in the paint:


Ferrell darts to the baseline and it looks like he has no room:


He doesn’t have any more room inbounds. But he makes it count out of bounds. Ferrell leaps and has Aaron Cosby all over him:


But he comes all the way under the hoop and with the entire defense watching — and Ferrell’s left foot about to hit the ground — he passes out to Robert Johnson on the right wing:


Johnson sizes up the shot:


Starks does a decent job on the closeout, but Johnson hits the triple:



The jump pass was a scary prospect at times last season out of Ferrell. But he stretched thisĀ one to its limits to great effect with the shot clock winding down here. This Johnson 3-pointer started theĀ Indiana run back into the contest.

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  • PDXHoosier

    Ahhh the ol’ jump pass. Like it or not it can be effective.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Yogi hung in the air for a looong time … I think it’s safe to say that he may not have known where he was passing it when he left his feet in clip #1.

  • myrddin

    I like how in the fifth picture on the first page the Illini fan standing in the front row seems to see the play that’s going to be made. Probably yelling at Starks who has clearly lost his man.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Maybe that’s how Yogi discovered Rob…?

  • You could freeze time and I might never see what Yogi sees in split seconds. How someone develops such court awareness is beyond me.

  • Brian Goodman

    Would love to hear from the Yogi critics right now… another example of his incredible impact even when his shot is off.

  • MK

    the look off to colin on the wing then no look to troy baseline is a thing of beauty in #4

  • SilentBob

    If you want to see how a player impacts the game without impacting his personal stats just look at Collin Hartman. Offensively he knows exactly where to go and when and even at what pace to do it to spread the defense. Also in number three, he didn’t get the rebound, but Egwu would have if it wasn’t for Collin’s block out. What three of Egwu’s fouls were going over Collin’s back? As always our unsung hero. He might be my favorite player on the team. If I could criticize him for one thing it’s that he needs to get uglier lol. He is the only reason my girlfriend watches the games with me and it’s a bit concerning lmao.

  • Bk39

    Not the focus of Ryan’s always wonderful breakdowns , on the last video after the dunk by Troy, JBJ holds back with three of Illinois players as they inbound the ball and attempts to steal the ball, JBJ’s new found aggressiveness on defense is going to pay dividends.

  • Hoosierkamp

    if there is a Yogi critic…. they are nuts. He is so freekin good. defense, unselfishness, etc.

    He isn’t shooting well in big ten play yet, but he will. When he does, look out

  • Hoosier89

    Looks like he’s a Hoosier fan in disguise letting Yogi know where to throw it.

  • HoosierDawg

    I love Film Session. And in the interest of full confession, I have not always been a CH fan, after seeing him play a few times in HS as well as last season. Always seemed to me like he just wanted to float around the perimeter and jack up threes. Now-following a major injury ( my wife is recovering from ACL surgery-it’s tough!)- where has THIS CH come from? He has really been terrific this season. Thanks for your hard work, Collin!

  • fourputtsforsnowman

    Yogi is good, not great. He takes unnecessary risks with his play. He jacks up shots that he has no business taking (thus his low shooting percentage). His defense is often simply non-existent. You do have to watch his whole game (not the ITH cherry picked plays). Recall that they opened the Big 10 TV game against Illinois pointing out his horrifically poor weak side defense as a continuing problem for IU. To me, it isn’t yogi that is winning these games. Its TW, JBJ, RJ, CH, etc. These guys not named ferrell are under-appreciated on ITH. Sorry hoosierkamp, just a difference of opinion.

  • inLinE6

    I wonder what Crean would have told Yogi afterwards. I liked how it turned out but that can easily become a turnover.

  • inLinE6

    Same here. I always thought CH’s prime time has passed. This new CH totally blew my mind.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I know you feel this way, and you often express it. Certainly, you are entitled to your opinion, and I think most ITH fans welcome it. What I do want to point out is that while someone may have pointed out “his horrifically poor weak side defense,” a hand-picked committee of college basketball experts has selected him as a mid-season top 25 Wooden Award candidate. That would place him in right around the 99.5 percentile of D1 college basketball players. If that’s not great, I don’t know what the heck is.

  • Hoosierkamp

    you are nuts man. Look what he has done to D Angelo Russel, Newbill in second half, etc…… The guy just locks people down while dishing the ball well. We would be a below avg team without Yogi

  • GaHoosier

    Reminds me of the movie major league:
    When Willie Mays Hayes, aka Wesley Snipers, does an over-the-shoulder basket catch. As he is heading into the dugout; coach says, “Great catch kid, don’t ever freaking do it again!” I cleaned up the quote slightly!

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    That’s great dude, I remember that!

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    I agree, I think he has been a BIG part of our success.
    I did not see him being that good at the start of the season, but this kid is one of my favorites.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    You know, I have noticed that.
    I remember they use to have Reggie Miller not play defense much to save his energy for offense, and I wondered if that might be the case with JBJ.
    But I quickly put that out of my mind.
    It seems he is just getting better

  • b_side

    Yogi is by far our best two-way player. When not shooting the ball well, he is still able to dramatically impact the game as a distributor and man-to-man defender.

    We may not have won the game without that stolen out-of-bounds play leading to a JBJ layup. Did you even see that?

    To me, your narrative is so tiresome and woefully inaccurate. Give it up.

  • Derek

    All the players you just listed makes as many if not more mistakes than yogi. Everyone on the team makes multiple mistakes every game especially on defense as that is our weakness. You obviously do not read too many post on here because all the other players you listed get praises everywhere most of the time as does yogi and it is all deserved. What it sounds like is you have some weird obsession of watching a replay of the game and focusing just on yogi and that settles it in your mind that he is over rated.

  • Michael Crawley

    I don’t agree with you but you just provided your reasons clear and concise which makes a great point of discussion.

  • Blair McKee

    You cannot coach the jump pass – too high risk, and only a very few, very athletic players can do it without a turnover or a charge. Yogi is such a player.

  • TomJameson

    I think that most of the time (not all lol) Yogi knows who he’s passing to when he goes out of bounds. On that particular play I thought he may have been “lost”. But going back and checking it out a few times made me realize that RJ had his hand up looking for the ball, and you can tell that they had a connection from the start. I think he was in the air a super long time because somebody closed off his passing lane. You gotta think that, on that move anyway, Yogis passing lane can get clogged up pretty quick. So, my point is that although Yogi still jumps out of bounds, he usually has a destination in mind for the pass.

  • TomJameson

    I went back and looked at the above video again, and it’s clear to me that RJ was looking for that pass. He had his arms up ready to catch and shoot. I’ve seen those guys in pre-game warm-ups practice jumping out of bounds and passing, just like that. It can be very effective if you have a destination in mind for the ball before you jump OOB. Or it can be a turnover if you just hope somebody is open. lol

  • TomJameson

    You’re right about Hartman. I’d love to see stats about things that show high BB IQ, block-outs being a perfect example. CH would most definitely be a stat-stuffer then. lol And, you better keep you girlfriend away from Hartman because he has the lost puppy dog look going for him too! lol