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.

Draft Watch: Will Ferrell and Williams get picked?

The wait is over for Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams. The NBA draft begins tonight at 7 p.m. ET at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and both players are being discussed as potential second round picks.

In our final “draft watch” this year, we take a look at the latest on both players:

Draft Rankings – Williams

DraftExpress Top 100: No. 73 (up three spots since last update)
ESPN Top 100 (Ford): No. 75 (down five spots since last update)
NBADraft.net: No. 55 (down five spots since last update)
CBS Sports (Vecenie): No. 79 (up one spot since last update)

Williams has been absent in most mock drafts and the feedback from an anonymous NBA voice earlier this week in Seth Davis’ column wasn’t encouraging:

“I don’t see it. Plays too fast, doesn’t know who he is as a player. Not a lot of substance there. Awful decision to come out. Very possible he goes undrafted. Good athlete, but a poor shooter and a very low basketball IQ. He’s just out of his mind, he’s so wild. He can do highlight-reel stuff, but for every good play he makes, the next three are gonna be ugly. He’s not a great shooter, but he thinks he is. He’ll have an opportunity to play because of his athleticism and energy, but I don’t think he sticks very long.”

Jay Bilas of ESPN was more bullish on Williams in comments on a conference call on Tuesday afternoon:

“I think Troy Williams is probably going to be at or around the end of the second round. I do think he’s a draftable player because of his athleticism, his ability to run the floor and his ability to finish plays in transition. And I think he can be a good defender because he kind of fits the suit there. He’s got size, he’s not crazy long, but he’s a high-flyer. He’s explosive, he plays with a lot of energy. More of a driver than anything, but really did a good job in transition. Can hit some perimeter shots, but not quite an NBA range 3-point shooter. I think he should be a better defender with his athleticism, but he’s done a good job. I think his value is in the fact that he brings energy, athleticism and he can finish plays. He’s just got to play with a little more efficiency. Not turn the ball over, take better shots, things like that.”

Williams also generated some positive buzz following a workout in Dallas:

Draft Rankings – Ferrell

DraftExpress Top 100: No. 63 (unchanged since last update)
ESPN Top 100 (Ford): No. 76 (up three spots since last update)
NBADraft.net: No. 80 (down seven spots since last update)
CBS Sports (Vecenie): No. 58 (down one spot since last update)

Ferrell’s big board rankings are all over the place as DraftExpress and CBS both have him in the mix for late second round and ESPN and NBADraft.net have him much lower on their boards. The anonymous scout interviewed by Seth Davis was more positive on Ferrell than he was on Williams:

“I like that he got better, especially as a defender. He thinks he belongs. He’s a good shooter, but he’s tiny, and he’s not a dynamic athlete. Good player but not at our level.”

Jay Bilas on Tuesday said he doesn’t have Yogi getting picked because of his size:

“Yogi is a smaller guard. He did a very good job, he kept getting better and better, he can shoot it, good leader. Very good job at creating for himself and for others out of pick-and-roll situations. Gets his shot off quickly. He can shoot it off the catch, shoot it off the dribble. Pretty good in isolation. He’s just not got a lot of size. He’s not a superior athlete and he doesn’t have a lot of size. I do not believe he’s going to get drafted. He wasn’t invited to the (draft) combine. I thought he should have been, but he wasn’t and that’s a pretty good indicator that he’s not high enough up on the draft radar. But like I’ve said about other players, he might be better off not getting drafted. Then he can pick where he goes and have a better opportunity to make a team.”

Sports Illustrated, however, has Ferrell as one of its five draft sleepers:

Considered right on the cusp of some team’s draft boards, Yogi Ferrell will almost certainly be in an NBA training camp next season. He can run a team extremely well at the point guard position. He’s a pit bull on-ball defender. Ferrell has shown a solid shooting stroke as well—he was the only point guard in the NCAA this year to average 17 points and 5.5 assists per game while shooting more than 40% from three-point land. At 6′ 0″, there are warranted defensive concerns about Ferrell around the league. As the playoffs just proved, it’s easy to target smaller perimeter defenders in pick-and-rolls. He’s also already 23 after graduating from Indiana, but Ferrell has been a proven winner and has outperformed many of the higher-ranked point guards on the workout circuit. He’ll either be drafted or his agent’s phone will be buzzing afterward from teams trying to sign him to a small, guaranteed contract to get him on their summer league roster and into camp. Don’t be surprised if he ends up a team’s third point guard on opening night a la T.J. McConnell and Matthew Dellavedova.

Meanwhile, Ferrell said on Wednesday night that he’s hearing he’ll be picked early to mid second round:

POTB 134: Sports media at IU, state of the program

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 Dr. Galen Clavio, sports media associate professor and director of the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana, to discuss a variety of topics:

Among them:

· The Cuban Center
· The technological advances fans should expect in the future as a result of the Center
· How the sports journalism experience at IU continues to evolve for students
· The current state of Indiana basketball and last season’s success
· An outlook for next season
· Which player stands out as an x-factor for the 2016-2017 season
· Whether it’s fair for fans to expect more NCAA tournament success

And much, much more. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at jerod@assemblycall.com.

If you’re interested in learning more about the media school at Indiana, you can email Dr. Clavio at gclavio2@indiana.edu.

Listen in the audio player below, download the episode, subscribe via iTunes or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Jay Bilas talks draft prospects of Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams

ESPN college basketball and NBA draft analyst Jay Bilas was available Tuesday afternoon to discuss Thursday’s NBA draft at the Barclays Center. Bilas will be a part of ESPN’s draft coverage along with Rece Davis, Jalen Rose and Mike Wilbon.

Here’s what Bilas had to say about the draft prospects of both Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams:

On Williams:

“I think Troy Williams is probably going to be at or around the end of the second round. I do think he’s a draftable player because of his athleticism, his ability to run the floor and his ability to finish plays in transition. And I think he can be a good defender because he kind of fits the suit there. He’s got size, he’s not crazy long, but he’s a high-flyer. He’s explosive, he plays with a lot of energy. More of a driver than anything, but really did a good job in transition. Can hit some perimeter shots, but not quite an NBA range 3-point shooter. I think he should be a better defender with his athleticism, but he’s done a good job. I think his value is in the fact that he brings energy, athleticism and he can finish plays. He’s just got to play with a little more efficiency. Not turn the ball over, take better shots, things like that.”

On Ferrell:

“Yogi is a smaller guard. He did a very good job, he kept getting better and better, he can shoot it, good leader. Very good job at creating for himself and for others out of pick-and-roll situations. Gets his shot off quickly. He can shoot it off the catch, shoot it off the dribble. Pretty good in isolation. He’s just not got a lot of size. He’s not a superior athlete and he doesn’t have a lot of size. I do not believe he’s going to get drafted. He wasn’t invited to the (draft) combine. I thought he should have been, but he wasn’t and that’s a pretty good indicator that he’s not high enough up on the draft radar. But like I’ve said about other players, he might be better off not getting drafted. Then he can pick where he goes and have a better opportunity to make a team.”

Around the Hall: Draft discussion, Big Ten TV deal, more

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff.

Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated has his annual pre-NBA draft column featuring feedback from anonymous NBA sources more than 50 prospects. The words on Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams aren’t particularly kind:

Yogi Ferrell, 6-foot senior guard, Indiana: “I like that he got better, especially as a defender. He thinks he belongs. He’s a good shooter, but he’s tiny, and he’s not a dynamic athlete. Good player but not at our level.”

Troy Williams, 6’7″ junior forward, Indiana: “I don’t see it. Plays too fast, doesn’t know who he is as a player. Not a lot of substance there. Awful decision to come out. Very possible he goes undrafted. Good athlete, but a poor shooter and a very low basketball IQ. He’s just out of his mind, he’s so wild. He can do highlight-reel stuff, but for every good play he makes, the next three are gonna be ugly. He’s not a great shooter, but he thinks he is. He’ll have an opportunity to play because of his athleticism and energy, but I don’t think he sticks very long.

Rob Dauster of NBCSports.com runs through his list of potential breakout lottery picks in college basketball next season:

O.G. Anunoby, Indiana: I’m not sure Anunoby fits the criteria here, considering that he didn’t declare for the draft and spent much of his freshman season playing limited minutes behind Troy Williams. But once Tom Crean realized what he had in Anunoby, he became a integral piece of Indiana’s puzzle. He’s such a talented and versatile defender, if he can make himself into some kind of offensive threat on the perimeter he’ll be a first rounder. If he turns into a guy that can average 15 points and shoot 40 percent from three, he might be a lottery pick.

Jeff Borzello has a summer recruiting road map for Indiana over on ESPN Insider ($):

And that brings us to the big question of the 2017 cycle for Indiana: what will it need 10 months from now? With Durham taking Hartman’s vacated scholarship, the Hoosiers are already at 13 scholarships for the 2017-18 season. However, Blackmon, Anunoby and Bryant could all leave early for the NBA. Blackmon tested the NBA Draft waters this past spring before coming back for another season, while Anunoby and Bryant decided in April to return to Indiana for their sophomore campaign. All three could leave after next season, meaning Crean could need some reinforcements. We’re likely to see the Hoosiers look for big men, given they still lack size up front — as well as a scoring guard or wing, and potentially a pure point guard depending on how the freshman class performs next season.

Teddy Greenstein of The Chicago Tribune writes that Big Ten coaches are excited about the news of the league’s new deal with ESPN:

Delany declined to confirm the deal in a text message to the Tribune, saying the conference was not the source of the SBJ story. Delany said the conference has had “constructive discussions with ESPN” and he hopes to have more to say later in the summer.

A logical time and place for an announcement would be Big Ten football media days July 25-26 in Chicago.

The conference has asked coaches and athletic directors not to comment on the pending deal, but their excitement is palpable — and not just over the prospect of an extra $20 million per year.

“An amazing deal,” one coach called it.

Awful Announcing breaks down what the new Big Ten TV contracts mean for viewers:

For those who watch Big Ten Network, nothing will change, It will still carry 35-40 football games and 60-65 in-conference basketball games and selected tournaments games. Fox has 51% ownership of the Big Ten Network, but now by getting half of the main Big Ten contract it adds to its college sports portfolio and brings some big games to FS1.

As for ESPN/ABC, you won’t watch the major football and basketball games after this season. Starting with the 2017-18 season and going through 2022-23, the ESPN family won’t be the main network for the Big Ten. That now shifts to Fox which will have first pick of the football games for much of the season. In addition to keeping the Big Ten Football Championship, expect to see games like Michigan-Ohio State, Michigan-Michigan State and other big conference games on Fox/FS1. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will continue to air Big Ten football, but ESPNU which carried its share of conference football games will see a reduced schedule to almost none.

A look at how unbalanced scheduling could shape the 2016-2017 Big Ten race

One of the pitfalls of conference expansion is the unbalanced schedule that accompanies it. With the Big Ten at 14 members, the conference is entering year three of a scheduling format that includes eight single plays and five home-and-home series each season.

The schedule is a major change from the previous 12-team format which included seven home-and-home pairings with just four single plays. But unless the league opts to add more games, the current format is here to stay. And it’s certainly a factor when looking at the conference race each season.

So how might scheduling determine next season’s regular season Big Ten champion?

Using the top eight teams in John Gasaway’s conference power rankings published last month over on ESPN Insider, we ranked the schedule difficulty (from most difficult to easiest) of the projected top eight of the league for next season:

1. Michigan (Gasaway projected No. 5 in standings)
Home: Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue
Away: Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Rutgers
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Wisconsin

Comment: The Wolverines get Gasaway’s projected top three – Michigan State, Indiana and Wisconsin – twice each as well as a double play with Nebraska. Their single plays with league bottom dwellers, Minnesota and Rutgers, both come on the road.

2. Purdue (Gasaway projected No. 4 in standings)
Home: Illinois, Minnesota, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Away: Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State
Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State

Comment: Purdue’s draw is less than favorable with two games against three of the projected top eight, including two against Indiana and Michigan State. And all of their single play road games will be difficult.

3. Ohio State (Gasaway projected No. 6 in standings)
Home: Indiana, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers
Away: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State
Home/Away: Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin

Comment: Ohio State plays three of the projected top seven teams twice as well as a double play with Nebraska, which typically enjoys a nice home court advantage at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Buckeyes also have single plays at Iowa and Michigan.

4. Indiana (Gasaway projected No. 2 in standings)
Home: Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska, Rutgers
Away: Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio State
Home/Away: Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

Comment: The Hoosiers drew double plays with three of Gasaway’s projected top five teams and also have single play road games with Iowa, Maryland and Ohio State. The road to a repeat won’t be easy.

5. Michigan State (Gasaway projected No. 1 in standings)
Home: Iowa, Northwestern, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Away: Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Penn State
Home/Away: Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue

Comment: Michigan State only drew Indiana and Wisconsin once, which is favorable. But Sparty does have three of the projected top eight for double plays, including Michigan, Ohio State and Purdue. Additionally, two games against Nebraska won’t be easy.

6. Iowa (Gasaway projected No. 8 in standings)
Home: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State
Away: Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, Purdue, Rutgers

Comment: Iowa has just two double plays against the projected top eight, but it does have road trips to two of the projected top three in Michigan State and Wisconsin.

7. Wisconsin (Gasaway projected No. 3 in standings)
Home: Iowa, Maryland, Northwestern, Penn State
Away: Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska, Purdue
Home/Away: Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Rutgers

Comment: Wisconsin has double plays with both Minnesota and Rutgers, the projected bottom two of the league. And of their other double plays, only Indiana is projected to finish in the top four. Road trips to Purdue and Michigan State will certainly be challenging, but in terms of the league contenders, the Badgers might have the easiest road to the title.

8. Maryland (Gasaway projected No. 7 in standings)
Home: Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Purdue
Away: Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State, Rutgers

Comment: The Terps landed double plays with both Minnesota and Rutgers and their double plays within the top eight are Ohio State (projected sixth) and Iowa (projected eighth). And if that’s not favorable enough, Maryland avoids road trips to Bloomington, East Lansing and West Lafayette.

(Photo credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America)

Video: Curtis Jones Nike EYBL highlights

Class of 2016 Huntington Prep (W.V.) and Boo Williams guard Curtis Jones, an IU signee, was one of the standouts last spring and summer on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit.

Over 17 EYBL games in his final season on the circuit, Jones averaged 16.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. With the help of Krossover, we recently broke down some film of Jones to provide Indiana fans with a feel for his game and style of play.

You can find more Nike EYBL highlights at Krossover.

Report: ESPN keeping half of Big Ten rights package

Following months of speculation that the Big Ten would end its relationship with ESPN, the two sides have come to an agreement on a new rights package.

The Big Ten and ESPN have agreed to a six-year deal that will pay the conference $190 million annually, according to a report Monday morning by The Sports Business Journal.

The conference and Fox agreed to a seven-year deal back in April for up to $240 million annually that would put approximately 25 football and 50 men’s basketball games on Fox Sports and Fox Sports 1.

The ESPN deal, according to SBJ’s report, is for half of the league’s media rights. CBS has also agreed to a new deal that will keep the men’s basketball conference tournament semifinals and title game on CBS through 2023.

According to SBJ’s report, “Fox will have the first pick every year; ESPN will have the second; Fox will have the third, and so on. ESPN will carry Big Ten football games on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. ESPNU will see far fewer Big Ten games than it has in the past.”

When you combine the value of the ESPN and Fox deals, the Big Ten should reap nearly $2.65 billion over the next six years.

(Photo credit: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images North America)

Indiana announces 2016-2017 Big Ten opponents, single plays

Indiana announced its 2016-17 men’s basketball Big Ten schedule this morning.

Indiana will play Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin twice next season.

The Hoosiers will host Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan State and Rutgers for single plays and travel to Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota and Ohio State for single plays.

Dates, tip times and broadcast information for next season’s Big Ten schedule will not be released until late summer or the fall.

IU’s complete release on the schedule is available below:

The defending Big Ten champion Indiana Hoosiers men’s basketball team will welcome nine league members into Assembly Hall during the 2016-17 conference season. Indiana will play home and home matchups with five schools and will play four teams only at home and four others only on the road. Last year, IU finished 17-0 at home, 9-0 in league play and 6-3 on the road in winning its 22nd Big Ten title.

Dates, times and television designations will be announced at a later date, but league play generally begins before New Years Day. The Hoosiers have a been a consensus top-15 pick in most 2016-17 preseason rankings.

IU will have home and home contests with Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. The Badgers are the only team that IU faced twice in the regular season this past year.

The Hoosiers also will have home dates with Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska, and Rutgers. Last year, the Hoosiers traveled to Michigan State and Rutgers only and played a home and home series with Illinois and Nebraska.

Indiana will go on the road to take on Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota and Ohio State. Last year, IU hosted Maryland and Ohio State and had a home and home series with Iowa and Minnesota.

IU will open the regular season November 11 against Kansas at Pearl Harbor in the Armed Forces Classic.