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Report: Yogi Ferrell returning to Indiana for senior season

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Indiana junior point guard Yogi Ferrell will return to Indiana for his senior season, according to a report from Gary Parrish of CBS Sports.

Ferrell has not commented on his plans for next season. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA draft is Sunday, April 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Ferrell’s return would be a big deal for the Hoosiers as he was a first team All-Big Ten selection for the 2014-2015 season. He was IU’s leading scorer at 16.3 points per game and also hit a team-high 82 3-pointers. He led the Big Ten in assists at 5.2 per game.

Ferrell currently ranks 22nd all-time on the Indiana scoring list with 1,379 points over three seasons. He has appeared in 102 games and has a streak of 65 consecutive games with a 3-pointer made, an IU record and the longest active streak in the NCAA.

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Yogi Ferrell postpones announcement on his future

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Following the tragic death of IU student Hannah N. Wilson, Indiana junior guard Yogi Ferrell has postponed Saturday’s planned announcement regarding his future.

“In consideration of recent tragic events within the IU family, Kevin Ferrell Sr. has postponed the announcement of the future basketball plans of Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell,” a statement from the Kevin Ferrell Foundation said. “The Ferrell family sends out its condolences and prayers to the family of Hannah N. Wilson.”

The announcement was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on the north side of Indianapolis.

The NBA early entry deadline is Sunday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Indiana planning for return of Devin Davis

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Indiana’s frontcourt will get a major boost with the addition of McDonald’s All-American Thomas Bryant next fall. But the Hoosiers also hope a familiar face will return as a significant contributor.

Devin Davis, who missed the 2014-2015 season following an accident in the early hours of Nov. 1, continues to make progress in his rehab, Tom Crean said Wednesday.

“He’s doing everything everybody else is doing except he does not play and he doesn’t get any contact,” Crean said. “But we won’t know probably – we’ll know a lot better in the summer, but we may not totally know until we get into the school year, but am I projecting him to be here? Well, certainly in my own mind I am, but does that mean he is completely? Not yet. Medically speaking not yet.”

During IU’s foreign tour last August, Davis looked like a player who was ready to take a major step forward in his sophomore season.

He’d put on 10 pounds of muscle and seemed much more comfortable playing away from the basket with the ball while still maintaining his aggressiveness around the basket. His 7.6 rebounds per game over five contests in Canada led the Hoosiers. In a 95-85 win over perennial Canadian power Carleton, Davis had 13 points and six rebounds. He also had a 16-rebound performance on the trip.

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Blackmon Jr. gets NBA feedback, opts to return for sophomore season

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Not long ago, James Blackmon Jr. had a meeting with Indiana coach Tom Crean.

It started as a discussion about the Indiana freshman’s chances at being selected in the 2015 NBA draft. It ended with Blackmon Jr. leaving straight for the gym.

On Thursday afternoon, Crean and Blackmon Jr. sat together once again, this time in the Assembly Hall press room. The 6-foot-4 guard made his announcement public. He would be returning to Indiana for his sophomore year.

“It was just positive and negative things for me, but the greatest thing about that was I could see what I need to get better at,” Blackmon Jr. said. “Every day you look forward to being there (in the NBA). But right here, I love it at Indiana and this is a place where I can just get better every day and for the long run I’ll be ready for.”

After a freshman season in which Blackmon Jr. averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, he chose to explore his NBA draft options with Crean.

As with any player, Crean said he made it a priority to get feedback from those with real insights — the decision-makers, the general managers and coaches of certain NBA teams. Forget NBA draft boards, he said. The only opinions that matter were those from who would be deciding Blackmon Jr.’s future.

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James Blackmon Jr. returning to Indiana for sophomore season

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Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr. will return for his sophomore season, he announced Thursday in a press conference at Assembly Hall.

“I felt the best situation for me is to come back next year and play my sophomore year here,” Blackmon Jr. said.

The Marion product averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in his first season. He was also named honorable mention All-Big Ten and made 77 3-pointers, which set a school record for a freshman.

Blackmon Jr. was ranked the No. 61 overall prospect for the 2015 NBA Draft by Chad Ford of ESPN.com and was projected to be a second round pick or go undrafted, according to Ford’s rankings.

Inside the Hall will have more on this developing story.

Decision time coming for Blackmon Jr., Ferrell

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Earlier this month, Indiana secured a commitment from McDonald’s All-American big man Thomas Bryant. That news was quickly followed by a decision by sophomore Troy Williams to return for his junior season after considering a jump to the NBA.

But two decisions still remain that will have major ramifications on Indiana’s chances to contend in the Big Ten next season.

Junior Yogi Ferrell will announce his intentions for next season on Saturday in Indianapolis and freshman James Blackmon Jr. should also have an announcement on his future plans in the coming days. The early entry deadline for the NBA draft is this Sunday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

On Wednesday at a media availability in which he primarily discussed the signing of Bryant, Crean also touched on the decisions that are pending for Ferrell and Blackmon Jr.

According to Crean, meetings with both players have been completed and it’s coming down to “crunch time” for both players to decide what they’re going to do.

Ferrell’s plans to reveal his decision this weekend have been known for several weeks, but Blackmon Jr. has been quiet since Indiana’s season ended with a loss to Wichita State in the NCAA tournament.

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An early look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten

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With the spring signing period underway and several key NBA Draft decisions out of the way (and a few still to go), it’s time for our first look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten for the 2015-2016 season.

Illinois (19-14, 7th place tie, NIT first round)

· Arriving: Aaron Jordan, Darius Paul, D.J. Williams (247Composite top 100), Jalen Coleman (247Composite top 100), Mike Thorne (Graduate transfer from Charlotte)

· Departing: Aaron Cosby (transfer), Ahmad Starks (graduation), Austin Colbert (transfer), Nnanna Egwu (graduation), Rayvonte Rice (graduation)

Notes: Illinois should be positioned for a move up in the Big Ten standings with a very solid recruiting class plus the addition of Thorne, one of the most coveted graduate transfers this spring.

Indiana (20-14, NCAA tournament round of 64)

· Arriving: Juwan Morgan, O.G. Anunoby, Thomas Bryant (247Composite top 100)

· Departing: Max Hoetzel (transfer), Stanford Robinson (transfer)

Notes: There are a few things still to shake out in Bloomington as Yogi Ferrell will announce his intentions for his senior season on April 25. As of now, the Hoosiers are still oversigned by one and if Ferrell stays, someone else will have to go.

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