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.
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.
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.
Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media in the Assembly Hall press room on Wednesday afternoon to discuss class of 2015 recruit Thomas Bryant, who recently signed a National Letter of Intent with the Hoosiers.
Crean also talked about several other topics, including the upcoming NBA decisions for Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon Jr. and offseason workouts.
Watch the full press conference below (special thanks to Peegs after a video malfunction on our end):
Indiana junior point guard Yogi Ferrell will announce whether he’ll return to college for his senior year or enter the NBA draft on April 25, a key decision that could drastically alter the outlook for the Hoosiers in 2015-2016.
His return likely means Indiana is a consensus top 15 team in the preseason and a viable contender in the Big Ten. His departure, however, would leave the roster without a definitive option at point guard and without its leading scorer.
ESPN college basketball and NBA draft analyst Fran Fraschilla, who covers the draft as diligently as anyone, told Inside the Hall on Monday afternoon that the depth of prospects at the point guard position could hurt Ferrell’s chances of being selected.
“It’s one of the deepest point guard drafts I can remember in a while,” Fraschilla said. “And that necessarily doesn’t bode well for Yogi. When you look right at the top with D’Angelo Russell and (Emmanuel) Mudiay and you just work down from there, there’s six or seven potential first round picks that are point guards. Right off the bat, he’s behind the 8-ball.”
ESPN.com currently rates Ferrell as the No. 85 prospect overall in the class and just the 17th best point guard prospect. There are 60 picks in the draft and only first round picks receive guaranteed contracts.
Indiana junior Yogi Ferrell will announce his decision on whether he will enter the 2015 NBA draft on Saturday, April 25, his father Kevin Ferrell Sr. confirmed to Inside the Hall on Monday afternoon.
Ferrell will make his announcement at the Ruth’s Chris Steak House on the northside of Indianapolis during an exclusive dinner, which will include friends and family.
“We want to make sure that we give ourselves enough time to make a very educated decision and not rush into things,” Ferrell Sr. said. “This was a difficult year for him but he had an outstanding season, so we just don’t want to rush and make a hasty decision in that regard.
“We’ve decided to do it at Ruth’s Chris. Whichever direction this thing goes in, I just think it’s important to have friends and family around.”
The NBA early entry deadline is Sunday, April 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
According to multiple NBA mock drafts, Ferrell is projected to be anywhere from a second round pick to perhaps missing on a draft selection entirely.
In his junior season at Indiana, the 6-foot Ferrell recorded 16.3 points and 4.9 assists per game, earning a first team all-Big Ten honors. And according to Ferrell Sr., following his successful junior campaign, the family has heard from a few NBA teams who have expressed interest.
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Yogi Ferrell.
Ferrell (34 games): 16.3 points, 4.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 53.9 eFG%, 41.6 3PFG%, 86 FT% in 34.9 minutes per game.
After a 2013-2014 campaign where he was the focus of opposing defenses and had to single-handedly carry Indiana at times offensively, things changed for Yogi Ferrell as a junior in Bloomington.
And the changes were a positive for both Ferrell and the Hoosiers.
The departures of several ball stoppers on the 2013-2014 team coupled with the arrival of players like James Blackmon Jr., Nick Zeisloft, Robert Johnson and the emergence of Collin Hartman meant that Ferrell had more breathing room to operate. And the results were fun to watch.
Ferrell’s usage was down from his sophomore campaign, but his efficiency was up across the board. His offensive rating was top 40 in the country. His assist rate was up slightly while his turnover percentage fell by four. His effective field goal percentage climbed nearly two percent and his free throw percentage climbed nearly four percent. He also continued to lengthen an impressive streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer made. It now sits at 65, the longest active streak in the country and a school record.