The Inside the Hall Mailbag: June 30
The Inside the Hall Mailbag is a collection of questions tweeted to us via Twitter (@insidethehall), via email, submitted on our premium forum and sent to us via our Facebook page. Submit your questions and we’ll answer as many as we can.
@kyl470 on Twitter writes: Your website is 9 years old. Who are the 9 best IU players during that time?
Without going too in-depth because this answer could be 500 words easily if I explained each choice, here are my top nine, in no particular order: Eric Gordon, D.J. White, Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Noah Vonleh, Christian Watford, Yogi Ferrell, Jordan Hulls and Thomas Bryant.
Just on the outside of the top nine: Troy Williams, Will Sheehey, Verdell Jones and James Blackmon Jr. – Alex Bozich
CincyHoosier on the premium forum writes: Expectations are high for OG Anunoby – but are they too high, considering he did not play starter minutes (only five times played more than 17 minutes – though his three highest minute totals were at Iowa, vs. UM in the B1G tournament, and vs. UK in the NCAA)?
You make an interesting point in terms of Anunoby’s minutes and whether he can sustain his level of play in a larger role when more focus is being given to him by opposing defenses.
His defensive ability should be able to translate fine with more minutes, but can he maintain the level of offensive efficiency and expand his game further on that end? From everything I’ve heard about the offseason he’s having, I would lean towards buying a breakout season for Anunoby.
His shooting should continue to improve. The key areas where he needs to improve are in his ball handling and ability to create his own shot off the dribble. He has already proven himself to be a lockdown defender. With the depth on the roster, he’s probably looking at minutes somewhere in the range of 22-27 per game. Expectations are high, but I tend to believe Anunoby will meet them or least come close. – Alex Bozich
@BierUndTuba on Twitter writes: The philosophy of the offense will be way different without yogi. Are we looking at a Spurs offense with space and passing?
I’m not sure I would say that the philosophy will be a lot different, but the personnel will be. Tom Crean is still going to have plenty of shooting on the roster with Robert Johnson, Blackmon Jr., Curtis Jones, Collin Hartman, Juwan Morgan, Anunoby and others.
Indiana will once again build its offense around getting one of two things: 1. 3-point shots. 2. shots at the rim. When the Hoosiers are at their best, they’re pretty much avoiding the mid-range game and it’s a formula that works. There may be more of a focus on getting shots at the rim and in the paint and less 3s, but the overall scheme probably isn’t going to change too much.
I do agree that ball movement and spacing will be more important without Ferrell because he could get just about anywhere on the floor with the dribble and next year’s team won’t have a player who can operate like he did. – Alex Bozich
CampHoosier on the premium forum writes: What does your starting lineup look like currently? Which Freshman will see the most minutes?
Right now, here are my two guesses. The first is a three-guard set with Josh Newkirk, Robert Johnson and Blackmon Jr. along with Anunoby and Bryant.
The second is Johnson, Blackmon Jr., Hartman, Anunoby and Bryant.
I’d say Jones will probably see the most minutes of the freshman with De’Ron Davis right behind him. I’d also expect Devonte Green to carve out some minutes next season if he’s as good as advertised on the defensive end. – Alex Bozich
DKIU83 on the premium forum writes: Can you give us an update on recruiting for 2017?
Interesting you asked. We just launched a completely revamped recruiting board for 2017, which you can access here. There’s a breakdown of all of the top prospects that IU is recruiting for 2017 along with links to profiles for all of the top targets that include rankings and video. – Alex Bozich
ancphill on the premium forum writes: Were you surprised that both Troy and Yogi went undrafted? Now that both have gotten summer league opportunities, which do you think is more likely to find himself on an NBA roster at some point?
Not surprised at all. When you get into the second round, it’s a complete crapshoot in terms of what teams will do. Perhaps both players could have been drafted had they agreed to go to the D-League for a year, but didn’t want to go that route until other options were explored.
In a lot of cases, as Jay Bilas explained before the draft, it’s better to not get picked so you can pick your destination. Ferrell should have an excellent shot to make Brooklyn’s roster given its lack of guards and the fact that the Nets are in the midst of a major rebuild. Williams, even if he doesn’t make the team in Phoenix, may still be able to land a partially guaranteed deal somewhere if he agrees to play in the D-League for a season. Of the two, I definitely view Ferrell as a better bet right now because of the situation in Brooklyn. – Alex Bozich
@Kev_B1988 on Twitter writes: Is focusing on east coast players/relationships (i.e., Virginia) inhibiting our ability to recruit top in-state players?
Indiana targets the best in-state players early in every class, but with fewer kids deciding early, it’s tough to just focus on recruiting the state. A wider net has to be cast, period.
If Indiana offers a kid a scholarship as a freshman or sophomore, watches them diligently during the high school and AAU season and hosts them on multiple unofficial visits and the kid still opts to let the process play out, the coaching staff has to cover their bases by looking at other prospects. That’s how the recruiting game works and most recruits understand this.
When you get later in the process of recruiting a class and it gets down to crunch time in terms of filling a need, it’s a tricky proposition to put all of your eggs in one basket. If you take a risk and get burned by going all-in on a kid, you can be left with nothing. Certainly the staff has a feeling in terms of which direction a particular situation is heading or where things stand, but you can never be sure as we saw with Trey Lyles. – Alex Bozich
GregorySpera on the premium forum writes: De’Ron Davis… more minutes at power forward NEXT TO Thomas Bryant or at center as Bryant’s back-up?
More minutes as Bryant’s back-up is my guess. Look at the other frontcourt players on the roster: Anunoby, Juwan Morgan, Hartman. All of those guys can and will be able to guard fours on other teams, but not necessarily be able to guard a five in every situation (see Haas, Isaac).
Davis should be able to guard fours or fives and while I do foresee times when he will play with Bryant, I would guess that he’ll be on the floor without Bryant more often than he will with him. – Alex Bozich
@clearcreekdavid on Twitter writes: How worrisome is it that Davis and McSwain are missing the bulk of the summer? Behind on conditioning, acclimating to culture.
It’s obviously not ideal, but the circumstances are what they are, so I’m sure the players and the coaching staff will make the best of it.
Davis should be on campus soon and McSwain is expected in August and it’s my understanding that both have been in regular communication with Lyonel Anderson to get workouts to do on their own. It’s obviously not the same as being there and building camaraderie with teammates and getting a chance to workout with the coaching staff.
However, if you look back at the summer of 2014, Indiana added Emmitt Holt after the Montreal trip and he was contributing by early December. – Alex Bozich
Coop_ThereItIs on the premium forum writes: Status of the renovations of AH? Any behind the scenes pictures?
On schedule for an October 14 dedication ceremony is the latest information Fred Glass provided earlier in the month. (If you missed those comments, they are available here.)
If you venture over to the photo galleries on the IUHoosiers.com, you can view photos from as recently as June 10. – Alex Bozich
cdub76 on the premium forum writes: Which freshman needs to have the biggest impact?
My pick would be Jones because Indiana has questions to answer in the backcourt. Both Blackmon Jr. and Johnson are returning from injury and Ferrell, Nick Zeisloft and Harrison Niego are gone.
Newkirk also arrives, but he is coming back from an injury and sitting out a season. He’s been talked about favorably by multiple people close to program dating back to earlier in the year, but he didn’t exactly light things up as a sophomore at Pittsburgh.
Jones arrives with the ability to play both guard spots and is an above-average shooter and scorer. He appears as if he’s going to be able to carve out a pretty nice role and potentially more depending on how others around him perform. The biggest part is the shooting because IU lost so much there. Davis will be important, too, because of his shot blocking and rebounding, but the Hoosiers need 3-point shooting to be effective and Jones should bring that. For that reason, I’d rank him as the bigger “need” to have an impact of the two prized freshmen. – Alex Bozich
Updated: Class of 2017 Indiana basketball recruiting board
The first of three July evaluation periods begins next week and we’ve updated our 2017 recruiting board with the latest national rankings from all of the major services, updated school lists, new video and much more.
Check out our latest 2017 Indiana basketball recruiting board at the link below:
2017 Indiana basketball recruiting board
Q & A: Zach McRoberts talks Indiana walk-on opportunity
Indiana added a walk-on to its roster on Tuesday afternoon in former Carmel forward Zach McRoberts.
The younger brother of Josh McRoberts, Zach was an Indiana All-Star in 2014 before attending Vermont for a season. McRoberts then transferred to Indiana to concentrate on just being a student before expressing interest in walking on to the Indiana program earlier this spring.
McRoberts talked about the opportunity to join the IU program and a variety of other topics in a Q & A on Tuesday afternoon at Cook Hall (quotes via WDRB):
On who he was recruited by out of high school:
“I ended up going to Vermont. Northern Kentucky was the other school. Miami (Ohio) a little bit, Wright State, schools around the midwest.”
On where he grew up wanting to go to school:
“My dad went to Butler, my grandfather went to Butler, my mom played volleyball at Butler. So growing up, I went to a lot of Butler games. But no real desire (to go there). I just wanted to see where my game took me. I didn’t really set a certain school as where I wanted to go. Just work hard and see what happens.”
On whether he was an Indiana fan:
“A little bit. A lot of my friends were.”
On his freshman season at Vermont:
“I averaged about four points and five rebounds. But I decided I just wanted to experience life as a student, see what that had to offer. But the experience I gained from that and being away from basketball for a year gave me a new perspective.”
On why he decided to transfer to IU:
“It’s a good school. I’m actually in the school of arts and sciences right now. I’m an economics major. I just knew it was a good school if I wanted to stay in the midwest. It’s a great educational opportunity for me.”
On when he started to miss being away from basketball:
“Just when I was watching it. I didn’t get tickets last season because you’ve got to add it to your bill and I was just going to take a break a little bit. I would just watch the games on TV and listen to all of my friends talking about it. And then just watching the (NCAA) tournament, that competitive spirit, you don’t get that anywhere else.”
On whether he knew any of the IU players:
“I knew James (Blackmon Jr.) from playing on the Indiana All-Star team.”
On when he expressed interest in walking on:
“At the end of April or early May, I contacted coach (Tim) Buckley and let him know I was interested and got in here to do a workout. And I’ve been working out ever since, getting in shape and getting my game where it needs to be.”
On why they decided to announce he was walking on this week:
“We’ve been talking about announcing it and seeing how this summer goes. Right now, I’ve been working out the last week or two or however long we’ve been here working out.”
On whether he’s happy to be back:
“It’s been great. It’s a grind for sure. It’s a lot of work, but nothing compares to it.”
On what he believes he can contribute:
“Just pushing my teammates. Being able to make them better. Anything I can do to help the team win is kind of what I’ve done throughout my career playing. I’m not worried about stats or playing time. It’s just doing what I can to help the team win.”
On his game and strengths:
“Going back to high school, I’ve always been defensive minded. I’ve been working on my shot a lot. So hopefully I can continue improving that and become a knockdown shooter if I get in the game. Spread the floor a little bit. Also, I’ve been trying to get all of the 50/50 balls, hustling and giving the other guys energy.”
On if his game is similar to Collin Hartman:
“Yeah, watching him this year I can kind of compare to that. He plays hard, he plays smart. He’s tough. I want to bring some toughness. Bring some heart.”
On last season for Indiana:
“I know how it goes. The beginning of the season, you’re still working some stuff out. They got it together when it mattered. They won the Big Ten. They figured it out.”
On what he missed about being away from the game:
“Just being a part of a team. Having those guys have your back, you’re around each other 40 hours a week or however long you’re with them. Seeing them be so together was definitely appealing.”
Freshman Focus: Devonte Green
“Freshman Focus” is an Inside the Hall series on each of Indiana’s four incoming freshmen. Over the next couple of weeks, we will take an in-depth look at all four newcomers. Today: Devonte Green.
Long Island Lutheran High School coach John Buck is excited about the future of Devonte Green.
One of four finalists for Mr. Basketball in New York as a senior, Green did it all for “LuHi” in his final prep season. He led the school in scoring at 20.2 points per game. But it wasn’t just the scoring that filled up the stat sheet.
The 6-foot-2 guard was second on the team in rebounding at 6.1 per game. He was also second in assists with 3.3 per game and led the team with 70 steals and 20 blocks.
And when Green was given a shot at one of the nation’s top guards, he delivered in a major way.
“His signature game for us, we played Sacred Heart from Connecticut in a showcase,” Buck recalls. “They were ranked 17th in the country at the time and have a player, Mustapha Heron (Auburn signee), who is a consensus top 25 guy and Devonte had 39 points in a win. Really just a high level performance.”
It was the type of performance that makes you wonder if Indiana has landed another piece capable of outperforming his 3-star ranking by the national recruiting services.
The younger brother of former North Carolina standout and San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green, there’s no questioning the talent of Devonte Green.
It’s simply a matter of efficiency and consistency as he dives into the college game, according to his high school coach.
“He’s so athletic and he has so much talent that if he just repeats the same shot motion every time and keeps the game really simple, I think he’ll be really effective for Indiana,” Buck told Inside the Hall. “He’s just a tremendous athlete and he had a couple of games where he rattled off seven or eight 3s for us. He’s got that ability, he’s just got to keep the game very simple and stay very consistent.”
More of a scorer than a point guard, Green chose Indiana in early January in a televised announcement on local TV in Long Island.
The Hoosier coaching staff had him on the radar for quite a while, but Tom Crean said earlier this month that his continued improvement is what ultimately sold him on offering a scholarship.
“He’s exactly what we want the program to be about, improvement,” Crean explained. “It’s not just improving when you get to Indiana, it’s the improvement you make before that. Devonte was one of those people, as we watched, I wanted to like him, I did like him. But I needed to see more, and by the time we offered him a scholarship, I’d seen plenty and I don’t think we’re even close to seeing how much we’re going to see.”
Buck describes Green as “sharp, witty and friendly” off the court and said that one of the most impressive things about Green is his desire to help his teammates improve.
“One of his goals at the beginning of this year, he said, was to help the younger guys get better,” Buck said. “Just for a senior in high school to say something like that shows some good maturity and an understanding of playing a team game rather than just as an individual.”
Now Green, who arrived on campus earlier this month, faces the challenge of carving out a role for himself as a freshman on an Indiana team with significant expectations.
The Hoosiers return James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson and also welcome a top 60 guard in Curtis Jones to the roster, but the departures of Yogi Ferrell, Nick Zeisloft and Harrison Niego should provide an opportunity for Green to crack the rotation.
Buck sounds bullish on that happening.
“When he’s locked in defensively – and everyone talks about him offensively – but defensively was his greatest asset for us. He’s really, really good on the ball. He plays very hard. He has the ability to do so many different things just looking at his stat line.
“I think the ability is all there. People want to see that consistency. With the regimented program that he’ll have at Indiana, just being pushed by their staff, I think that will just help him continue to grow and mature into using all of the incredible potential he has. This is not a guy where you say, ‘we have to teach him how to shoot or we have to teach him how to create his own shot.’ He can do all of that. It’s just now making it really efficient and consistent.”
Freshman Focus: Grant Gelon
“Freshman Focus” is an Inside the Hall series on each of Indiana’s four incoming freshmen. Over the next couple of weeks, we will take an in-depth look at all four newcomers. Today: Grant Gelon.
Crown Point coach Clint Swan was concerned.
As he prepared for the 2015-16 season, his senior leader Grant Gelon was about to face a new level of scrutiny.
After a strong summer with Indiana Elite on the adidas Gauntlet circuit, Gelon received a scholarship offer from Indiana and committed shortly after during an unofficial visit in August. An unheralded, two-star prospect, not only was Gelon going to face questions from Indiana fans about his standing in the recruiting rankings, Swan knew that opposing teams would be lining up all season to take their best shot at an IU recruit.
“I don’t think he was prepared – I don’t think anyone would be prepared – for the attention that was going to come his way,” Swan said. “He definitely had a big bullseye on his back. So we were concerned, to be quite honest with you, we were like, ‘how is this going to go?'”
So, how did it go?
Crown Point, which finished the season 19-9, won four games in the state tournament before falling to Warsaw in the Regional championship.
Individually, Gelon averaged 14.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and shot 38.9 percent from behind the 3-point line on his way to being named to the Indiana All-Star team.
“He handled it extremely well,” Swan told Inside the Hall. “He continued to stay within the framework of how we wanted him to play. He didn’t try going off on his own. He played extremely hard. He continued to develop himself as a player and he didn’t let all of the attention get to him. It didn’t end up being a negative aspect of his season.”
Gelon has long been known in the Crown Point community school corporation as a shooter. Swan, who is entering his 11th season as the coach at Crown Point, says he became aware of Gelon as he came up through the middle school ranks.
His shooting prowess comes from a combination of a natural gift and countless hours in the gym. It wasn’t uncommon for Swan to have to kick Gelon out of the gym after a Crown Point practice so he could lock up the gym and go home. He would often open the gym so Gelon could come shoot on his own. The shooting gun, which rebounds shots and throws them back automatically, has taken on significant mileage due to Gelon’s use.
“Nobody has worked harder at perfecting that craft than Grant has,” Swan said. “He’s worked very hard at making himself into a better shooter and not just relied on his gift as a shooter alone.”
That work ethic Swan references figures heavily into the equation when you look at the reasons Indiana was the only Big Ten school to offer Gelon a scholarship.
It was a move that was met with skepticism from fans and media alike, but Indiana has a track record with under the radar players with a work ethic. Those who have been most successful in Bloomington under Tom Crean have demonstrated a willingness to put in extra work to reach their potential.
That’s not to say that Gelon should be compared to guys like OG Anunoby or Victor Oladipo – no one should – but the staff clearly believes they can develop him into a rotation player who can provide elite-level shooting.
As the Hoosiers enter another season with a preseason top 15 ranking and significant expectations, Gelon may not figure much into the immediate plans in terms of playing time.
That, however, isn’t necessarily a bad thing in Swan’s eyes.
“I think he can sit and watch and glean from the players that they have there right now and can pick up on not just how to play, but how to carry yourself,” Swan said. “He can learn on a day-to-day basis what the expectations are. I think that’s going to help him immensely.”
It’s likely to be a much different situation than the one that another Crown Point product, Spike Albrecht, faced when he headed off to the Big Ten.
“Compare that to Spike Albrecht when he went to Michigan, they had two point guards,” Swan said. “They had Trey Burke and Spike Albrecht. He was going to have to play and that kind of scared me a little bit. I thought that was sort of alarming that he was going to be called upon to play immediately. I think Grant is going to be able to get acclimated in summer workouts and practices and fall workouts. He’s going to be able to see how those guys carry themselves and see how they play. He’ll be able to bring himself along at a comfortable pace.”
Now that Gelon, along with Devonte Green and Curtis Jones, is in Bloomington, Swan’s hope is that he’s helped him prepare for what lies ahead.
Regardless of how his career turns out in terms of on the floor production, Swan says he wants fans to know how Gelon is viewing the opportunity to put on an IU uniform.
“It’s not something he’s taking for granted. He knows there’s a huge responsibility that comes with it,” he said. “That’s why he’s continued to work extremely hard since our season ended. He’s done everything he could to get himself ready for these summer workouts that he’s going through right now in Bloomington. It’s a badge of honor for him. He’s excited about it. He’s very honored to put on an Indiana uniform.”
POTB 135: The impact of Oladipo to OKC
Podcast on the Brink is back for another episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show is currently available weekly. You can access a full archive of episodes here.
In this edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich are joined by Zach McCrite, formerly of The Franchise in Oklahoma City, to discuss the trade of Victor Oladipo to the Thunder.
Among the topics discussed:
· Zach’s reaction to Victor Oladipo being acquired by Oklahoma City
· How Oladipo will impact the Thunder and how he fits into their system
· Kevin Durant’s free agency and how important he is for the Thunder
· How Oladipo compares to Dion Waiters and whether Waiters will be back in OKC
· How the Thunder handles the media and how it will impact Oladipo with the media
· The key areas where Oladipo needs to be ready to make an impact in OKC
· Whether Oladipo can become a star in Oklahoma City
· Does Yogi’s game translate to the NBA?
· The chances for Troy Williams to make it in the NBA
And much, much more. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Around the Hall: Bryant soaring on 2017 draft boards
Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew:
Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com published his “ridiculously early 2017 NBA mock draft,” featuring both Thomas Bryant and OG Anunoby:
5. Los Angeles Lakers
Thomas Bryant, Indiana
Bryant could’ve been a first-round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. But he decided to spend at least one more year at Indiana. And, I think, he’ll benefit from it.
24. Toronto Raptors
OG Anunoby, Indiana
Anunoby was a lightly regarded recruit coming out of high school, relatively speaking. But most expect the 6-8 wing, who is still only 18 years old, to make a huge leap next season and find himself somewhere high on some franchise’s boards.
The Big Lead also has a super early 2017 mock draft featuring both Bryant and Anunoby:
4. Thomas Bryant, Sophomore, C, Indiana – Only played 22.6 mpg and still put up 11.9 ppg and 5.8 rpg. Not a great rebounder, but there’s a lot to like offensively. Saved his best for Kentucky in March: 19 points.
Chad Ford of ESPN lists Anunoby and Bryant as two of several sophomores to watch in 2017:
Only a small handful of talented players decided to skip the 2016 draft and return to college. Just about everyone with a shot at the first round threw their hat into the ring, thanks in part to the strength of the incoming freshman class. Only one returning college player — Cal’s Ivan Rabb — will be in the first edition of our top 15 for next year.
However, there are a number of interesting returning players — including Syracuse’s Tyler Lydon, Indiana’s Thomas Bryant and OG Anunoby, Kansas’ Carlton Bragg, Duke’s Grayson Allen, USC’s Bennie Boatwright, San Diego State’s Malik Pope and SMU’s Shake Milton — who could all end up in the middle of the first round or possibly higher with excellent seasons.
CSN Mid-Atlantic also includes Bryant in the top 10 of a mock draft for 2017:
No. 7: Thomas Bryant | 6-10 C | Indiana
Bryant is raw, so he probably made the right decision to return to Indiana for his sophomore season. Tremendous motor who outworked Diamond Stone in the lone matchup between Indiana and Maryland this season.
NBC Sports runs through 26 players that NBA draft fans will want to watch next season in college basketball:
6. Thomas Bryant, C, Indiana: Bryant had a good freshman season with Indiana, one where he consistently improved throughout the year. But that was inevitable considering just how bad he was when he got onto campus, especially defensively. He’s 6-foot-11 with a 7-foot-6 wingspan and he plays the game hard and emotionally. Seeing just how much the rest of his game develops — defending pick and rolls, low post offensive, shooting stroke — will determine if he’s a first rounder or a lottery pick.
7. O.G. Anunoby, SF, Indiana: He has elite physical tools. He already is a terrific defensive player; ask Jamal Murray. He’s been compared to Victor Oladipo, although he’s about four inches taller than Victor. If he can make the same kind of jump offensively that Oladipo made, the rising sophomore could be a lottery pick.
FoxSports.com looks at six players who could be the No. 1 pick in 2017 NBA draft:
The question with Bryant simply comes down to this: Was his 19-point effort against Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament a one game aberration? Or a sign of what’s to come in 2017?
If it’s an aberration, well, someone will still take Bryant in the lottery next year, based on his 7’0 frame that already carries 250 lbs. and could easily add more weight without losing any quickness or athleticism.
But if it wasn’t an aberration, and instead a sign of what’s to come, look out. Bryant could be a double-double machine next year, and a guy in contention for the first overall pick in 2017.
Troy Williams signs summer league deal with Phoenix
Former Indiana forward Troy Williams, who went undrafted on Thursday night in the 2016 NBA draft at the Barclays Center, has agreed to a summer league deal with the Phoenix Suns.
The 6-foot-7 Williams, who left Indiana early for the NBA following his junior season, will have to play his way onto a roster without a guaranteed contract.
His opportunity will begin in July as he suits up for Phoenix in the Vegas summer league, which runs July 8-18 on the campus of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
Williams is the fourth player to leave Indiana to play professionally with eligibility remaining under Tom Crean, but the first to go undrafted by the NBA.
Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo were both lottery picks in 2013 and Noah Vonleh was a lottery pick in 2014.
In 99 carer games for the Hoosiers, Williams averaged 11.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.
Yogi Ferrell signs summer league deal with the Brooklyn Nets
After not being selected in Thursday’s NBA draft, it appears Yogi Ferrell will get an opportunity to play his way into the league with the Brooklyn Nets.
Ferrell’s mother, Dr. Lydia Ferrell, tweeted early Friday morning that the “Brooklyn Nets will soon see that they have a gem. Yogi will continue to rise to the top! Yogi NEVER disappoints!”
Undrafted free agents typically sign deals to play in the summer league with the hopes of securing an invite to training camp in the fall.
Brooklyn opens summer league play on July 9 in Las Vegas. The Nets finished last season just 21-61 and are in the midst of a major rebuild.
The Nets, using the No. 20 pick acquired in a trade that sent Thad Young to the Indiana Pacers, selected Michigan’s Caris LeVert in the first round of Thursday’s draft. Brooklyn also drafted Seton Hall’s Isiah Whitehead in the second round with a pick acquired from the Utah Jazz.
More importantly for Ferrell, Brooklyn’s point guard situation is far from settled.
The team holds a $6.3 million option on Jarrett Jack while Shane Larkin has a player option for $1.5 million. Donald Sloan is a free agent.
The Nets might have the most cap space available of any NBA team this offseason at more than $55 million.
Ferrell, a unanimous all-Big Ten selection as a senior at Indiana, averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds over 137 career games for the Hoosiers.
Victor Oladipo traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder
Former Indiana All-American Victor Oladipo was traded from the Orlando Magic to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday as a part of an NBA draft night deal.
The trade, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, sends Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to the No. 12 pick, Damontas Sabonis, to Oklahoma City in exchange for Serge Ibaka.
Oladipo, who is entering his fourth NBA season, was the No. 2 pick by the Magic in the 2013 NBA draft.
The former IU guard averaged 16 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game last season for Orlando.