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POTB 125: Hoosiers in the NBA with Matt Dollinger

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 Sports Illustrated NBA editor Matt Dollinger to talk Hoosiers in the NBA and also some Hoosiers who could be picked in June’s NBA draft.

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That’s A Wrap: Yogi Ferrell

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

Ferrell (35 games): 17.3 points, 5.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 55.0% eFG, 82.9 FT%, 42.0 3PFG% in 34.7 minutes per game.

The list of awards Yogi Ferrell collected during his senior season in Bloomington is an impressive one.

First team all-Big Ten. Big Ten all-defensive team. Wooden Award All-American. Associated Press All-American. Cousy Award finalist.

And that’s just a small sampling. His standing in the IU record books is perhaps even more impressive.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Kentucky

DES MOINES, Iowa – Indiana advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 73-67 win over Kentucky on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena. The victory improved the Hoosiers to 27-7 on the season.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Wildcats:

· Indiana won with defense: The numbers don’t lie: Kentucky entered Saturday’s matchup with Indiana with the nation’s best offense.

The Wildcats left Des Moines with their second worst offensive performance of the season and Indiana’s defense had plenty to do with it. Kentucky scored just .94 points per possession against Indiana. This wasn’t just about Kentucky missing shots. It was also about Indiana defending.

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Indiana overcomes injuries to defeat Kentucky, advances to Sweet Sixteen

DES MOINES, Iowa — It came down to mental toughness.

That’s what Thomas Bryant called it, when talking about making 4-of-6 free throws with less than a minute to play to keep his team ahead against Kentucky.

Bryant hit two free throws in a row with 10.4 seconds remaining to seal the win over the Wildcats 73-67 in Wells Fargo Arena. The victory sends Indiana into the Sweet Sixteen for the third time under Tom Crean, where it will play the winner of No. 1 seed North Carolina and No. 9 seed Providence in Philadelphia.

“Being an incoming freshman you always dream about these games and helping your team win a game in March Madness,” Bryant said. “I was ready for it.”

Bryant shot 70 percent from the free throw line during the regular season, and his teammates had no doubt the big man would produce at the line.

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