Yogi Ferrell named a finalist for 2016 Wooden Award

  • 03/05/2016 11:25 am in

Indiana senior guard Yogi Ferrell was named to the list of 15 Wooden Award finalists, the national advisory board for the award announced on Saturday.

Ferrell, who is averaging 17.1 points, 5.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game, is one of four Big Ten players on the list joining Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff and Maryland’s Melo Trimble.

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

The complete list of finalists is available after the jump.


Brice Johnson, North Carolina
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Georges Niang, Iowa State
Grayson Allen, Duke
Jakob Poeltl, Utah
Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa
Josh Hart, Villanova
Kay Felder, Oakland
Kris Dunn, Providence
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia
Melo Trimble, Maryland
Perry Ellis, Kansas
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana

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  • SCHoosier

    Good to see Yogi get some national “love”. I assume this award is made AFTER the tournaments etc?

  • Hoosierkamp

    Good for yogi

    This list doesn’t feel all that strong either . Melo? Utoff still? Yogi is a top 10 player

  • A lot of good seniors this year. Good for college basketball

  • Ole Man

    Any list with Tyler Ulis is suspect.

  • Well-deserved. He’s a legitimate first team All-American.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    Love to see Yogi get props! Love that kid he deserves the props. I wonder with his departure and how CTC has proven his ability for player development if it helps T Maker or Rawle Alkins

    Tyler Ulis is actually pretty good but he plays for UK so it is impossible for me to give him a fair assessment. I watch UK only to root for them to lose if they start winning I change the channel.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Tomorrow can’t be here fast enough!! By the way,,,Illinois just fired their football coach. What a train wreck.

  • Fergation

    Which they have done an aweful lot this year. Only Kentucky can lose 8 games and play the aweful SEC and still be ranked in top 25.

  • Fifer39

    Well done Yogi. Totally deserves to be in this company.

  • inLinE6

    Melo who?

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  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    He sure likes to dribble alot. I am watching the KY vs LSU game. Is Ben Simmons that great to you? I think our TW could shut his butt down.

  • inLinE6

    I don’t know how great he plays but his name is surely intimidating!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    He seems slow to me. But hell what do I know. No one listens to me anyhow.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I hope Kris Dunn doesn’t beat him out.

  • Melo and Ulis? Really? If Either one gets placed on All American team before Yogi I’m going to lose it.

  • Arch Puddington

    Neither deserves to be ahead of Yogi, but Ulis is really good. Put it this way: Assuming everyone comes back next year, I’d define us as a likely Final Four team if he was our PG. It’s a silly way to look at it, I know, but I’ll still use it to say how good I think he is.

    Trimble, on the other hand, has no business being on this list. He’s good, but not that good. I hope Yogi makes him look second rate tomorrow.

  • BL

    You’re in trouble with the grammar patrol.

  • I think the best way Yogi can finish his regular season career at IU would be to shut Trimble down. Scoring 30 would be nice, dishing out 10 assists would be even better. But it’s Yogi’s ability to play lock-down defense that, to me, is his biggest improvement. That and pure leadership, which I’m sure he’ll bring regardless.

    Now, if he can shut Trimble down, score 30, and dish out 10 assists, while leading the team to a 20 point win, that would be just fine with me.

  • Fifer39

    Well it is senior night, so the least Yogi could do is put on a show…

  • Koko

    Throw in 10 rebounds too.

  • Koko

    Don’t tell Dickie V…..he has Ulis on his All American team.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    No Ben Simmons, ESPN must be up in arms!

  • Ole Man

    ESPN has been nothing but a Ulis’ propaganda machine since pre-season. So it’s no wonder he’s making teams and lists.

  • Ole Man

    Ulis is more a product of the ESPN machine. Very good on a bad team; but not AA.

  • Koko

    Agee there and Simmons is part of that propaganda machine as well. He is on Vitale’s All American list too. It appears academics don’t play a part in the choices ESPN/Vitale make and the players they promote. Time for Dickie to retire and have fun going to Tampa Bay Rays games……he is a season ticket holder.

  • TomJameson

    Melo gets a lot of love … unearned love IMO

  • hoosierwrestler

    I read somewhere that he doesn’t meet academic criteria.

  • Bill Graham

    Several Players were excluded that should have been on this list: Selden, Blossomgame, Simmons, Punter, Moody (seriously…how does Moody get left off of this list??) Wiltjer, Moore, and many many others… I know everybody says ohh its gotta be Valentine or Hield…but for me its easily Felder… dude averages 25 pts, 10 assts!, 4 rbds, 2 stls, and shoots at an 84% clip from the free throw line… I dont see how anybody else can get it when Felder avgs all of that with the supporting cast of Oakland…he doesn’t have Forbes to pass to or Spangler to grab his missed shots. To put that in perspective he’s nearly doubled Yogi’s numbers in assts and stls, he’s doubled Troy’s numbers in pts, and he averages about 1 less rebound per game than Bryant… Felder is my wooden award winner.

  • Bill Graham

    No one would even know who Ulis is if he didn’t play for Kentucky… its not hard to knock down a wide open 3 after your man drops 6 feet to prevent your two 7 footers from scoring…Ulis is garbage.

  • Bill Graham

    At least Simmons is averaging a double double on a crap team. All Ulis has to do is pass to highly paid (whoops I mean recruited) players and knock down the occasional (wide open) 3.

  • Koko

    Lol….I think highly paid sums it up quite well. No doubt Simmons is a good player.
    I wouldn’t mind having a five dollar bill for every time his named is mentioned on ESPN.