An NBA scout’s take: Breakdowns on Ferrell, Bryant and Williams

Earlier in the week, Inside the Hall had a chance to speak in-depth with an NBA scout regarding the three Hoosiers who could be involved in the 2016 draft: Yogi Ferrell, Thomas Bryant and Troy Williams.

Here’s a breakdown of each player from a scout’s perspective, who spoke with Inside the Hall on the condition of anonymity.

Thomas Bryant

General thoughts from an NBA scout

“Everybody really just loves his energy and competitiveness. He runs the floor a little bit better than you’d assume just because of the stiffness in his body, which is your main concern. I think that’s the one thing that there is some concern about out there and how much can you improve that as he grows and works with strength training and conditioning.


That’s A Wrap: Harrison Niego

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2015-2016 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Harrison Niego.

Niego (25 games): 0.4 points, 0.6 rebounds, 38.5% eFG, 33.3% FT, 25.0 3PFG% in 4.4 minutes per game.

Statistically speaking, Harrison Niego didn’t have a huge impact in his first collegiate season.

But when Indiana lost James Blackmon Jr. for the season and Robert Johnson for five games late in the season, Niego acted as a capable fill-in for a team that was short on backcourt depth.

Niego, a 6-foot-2 guard from Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois, turned down Division I offers to come to Bloomington as a walk-on.

And when his number was called, Niego showed he belonged.


Draft watch: A look at the stock of Ferrell, Bryant and Williams

With a pair of NBA lottery picks in 2013 and one in 2014, draft watch was a regular feature on the site during the 2012-13 and 2013-2014 seasons. The Hoosiers didn’t have an early entry to the draft last season, but that could change this year as Troy Williams and Thomas Bryant consider their futures. Yogi Ferrell also figures to be in the draft conversation.

Thanks to NCAA rules changes, the key dates to know this year for Indiana fans are April 24, May 11-15 and May 25. The first date is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA draft. From there, the NBA will have a list of all players who have made themselves available for the draft and then invite players to the NBA draft combine, which will take place May 11-15 in Chicago. For those players who do not hire an agent, the deadline to withdraw from the draft and retain college eligibility is May 25.

Underclassmen can enter the NBA draft multiple times without foregoing their eligibility and may participate in the combine and one tryout per NBA team per year and still return to college as long as they do not hire an agent.


That’s A Wrap: Thomas Bryant

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2015-2016 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Thomas Bryant.

Bryant (35 games): 11.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 69.3% eFG, 70.6% FT, 33.3 3PFG% in 22.6 minutes per game.

Remember when Thomas Bryant wasn’t supposed to be a Hoosier?

“Really it’s down to two,” his mother told in November of 2014. “Syracuse and Indiana. And it might be down to one soon. Thomas has always told me that Syracuse was the leader.”

She added about Indiana: “They have a lot going on. It seems like we went down there under false pretenses. They didn’t tell us anything about failed drug tests or that type of thing going on. My son doesn’t need to be around that stuff.”

When you juxtapose her comments with her son leaning on Crean’s shoulder after Indiana’s loss to North Carolina, a photo of a player and coach forever connected, it seems almost impossible they were ever even uttered. But such was the state of the program at the time.


Indiana offers JUCO forward Freddie McSwain

Freddie McSwain, a 6-foot-6 forward who played the previous two seasons at Neosho County Community College (Kan.), was offered a scholarship by Indiana on Tuesday.

Tom Crean watched McSwain (pictured wearing jersey No. 21) on Tuesday, according to the Chanute Tribune, a small newspaper in Kansas.

“We’ve been talking for a while,” McSwain told Inside the Hall on Wednesday. “They are a great coaching staff. They’ve been telling me they love my game. They told me I don’t know how good I really can be and they believe in me.”

Neosho’s season ended in the second round of the National Junior College Athlete Association tournament with a 73-72 loss to Gillete College on March 15.


Yogi Ferrell named third team AP All-American

Another day, another national honor for Indiana senior guard Yogi Ferrell.

The Associated Press named its All-American teams on Tuesday afternoon and Ferrell was named to the third team along with Kentucky’s Jamal Murray, Duke’s Grayson Allen, Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff and Oakland’s Kay Felder.

The voting was completed before the NCAA tournament.

The full listing of All-American teams, along with the players who were named honorable mention, is available after the jump.


That’s A Wrap: Juwan Morgan

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2015-2016 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Juwan Morgan.

Morgan (30 games): 2.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 57.3% eFG, 80.0% FT, 45.5 3PFG% in 9.1 minutes per game.

Before he ever stepped foot on Indiana’s campus last summer, Juwan Morgan had already endeared himself to Hoosier fans.

Last spring following a practice for the Derby Festival Basketball Classic in Louisville, Kentucky, Morgan was asked how he would contribute to the team as a freshman.

“The garbage type deal,” he told Inside the Hall. “Getting offensive boards, setting screens, loose balls, hustle plays.”


Yogi Ferrell named Wooden All-American

Indiana senior guard Yogi Ferrell was named a John R. Wooden All-American on Monday night, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced on a 30-minute show on ESPNU.

Joining Ferrell on the 10-player team are Grayson Allen (Duke), Kris Dunn (Providence), Perry Ellis (Kansas), Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia), Buddy Hield (Oklahoma), Brice Johnson (North Carolina), Georges Niang (Iowa State), Tyler Ulis (Kentucky), and Denzel Valentine (Michigan State).

Brogdon, Hield, Johnson, Ulis and Valentine are the five finalists for the 2016 John R. Wooden Award and have been invited to Los Angeles for the presentation of the award.