Yogi Ferrell Archive
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Indiana’s offense.
Final stats (32 games): 72.3 ppg, 44.8 FG %, 49.8 eFG %, 34.3 3P FG%, 73.0 FT %, 45.3 % FTR.
After spending back-to-back season as one of the most efficient offensive teams in the country, Indiana’s offense took a couple steps back in 2013-2014.
It was easy to see why. Gone were Cody Zeller’s and Victor Oladipo’s high-percentage looks. Gone too was the precision of Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls from distance. All four were also crucial members of Indiana’s transition attack, and all four moved on. And instead of three upperclassmen in the starting lineup, this season’s offense featured three freshman.
While Yogi Ferrell took steps forward and Noah Vonleh was overpowering at times, it simply wasn’t enough to make up for the departed. After finishing third nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency in 2012-2013 and fourth in 2011-2012, Indiana fell to 127th this past season.
The turnovers were a big part of it. As has long been discussed, the Hoosiers’ sloppy play and poor decision making had them forfeiting 21.8 percent of their possessions for the season (310th nationally) and 21.9 percent in conference play (12th). But Indiana also squandered points by getting their shots blocked at a high rate as well (12.4 percent: 331st nationally, 13.2 percent: 12th in conference).
Six seasons in, these two areas have been consistent low spots for Indiana’s offense under Tom Crean in conference play:
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Yogi Ferrell.
Ferrell (32 games): 17.3 points, 3.9 assists, 3 rebounds, 52.1% eFG, 82.4% FT in 33.8 minutes per game.
Few players in all of college basketball had more asked of them than Yogi Ferrell, who saw his role shift from a facilitator as a freshman to a lead scorer who was also tasked with running the team as a sophomore.
And as the numbers show, Ferrell handled the major shift in his role brilliantly.
In the preseason, one of the major story lines surrounding IU was Ferrell’s perimeter shot, which was a weakness during his first season. It didn’t take long to see the fruits of his offseason work as it took just nine games for Ferrell to make 23 shots from distance, matching his total of 3-pointers made as a freshman.
Despite taking difficult and contested 3-pointers all season as the focus of the opposition’s scouting report, Ferrell managed to shoot 40 percent from behind the arc as a sophomore (on 220 attempts). That was a major factor in his improved effective field goal percentage of 52.1, up from 45.4 percent as a freshman. His percentage from 3-point range was up nearly 10 percent from his debut season.
The Park Tudor product finished third in conference games in scoring at 17.8 points per game, just behind Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Iowa’s Devyn Marble.
Ferrell also improved as a ball handler and decision maker as a sophomore as his turnover percentage dropped by six percentage points despite having the ball in his hands even more. His turnover rate was still far too high (18 percent), but it was easily the lowest of IU’s rotation regulars. He finished seventh in assists in Big Ten play with 3.8 per game.
INDIANAPOLIS — There have been plenty of recurring issues for the Indiana Hoosiers in the 2013-2014 season. Scoring slumps, second-half collapses, the list goes on.
But on Thursday in their Big Ten tournament opener, another recurring issue reared its ugly head: turnovers.
In their 64-54 loss to Illinois, the Hoosiers turned the ball over 16 times — on 25.9 percent of their possessions. Through 32 games this season, the Hoosiers have turned the ball over on 21.8 percent of their possessions.
No Indiana squad has had a worse turnover percentage since the 2009-2010 team that finished 10-22. And after the Illinois loss, many of the Hoosiers weighed in on why it has remained an issue throughout this season.
“It was just awareness on the court,” redshirt sophomore Austin Etherington said. “Some of the times the turnovers we had, we had the right intentions and we were making the right play, just sometimes you were over-dribbling or over-thinking a play.
“I wouldn’t say it’s something like skills-wise, that’s the reason why we had turnovers — with a young team it’s hard to really get used to everything. But I mean it is the end of the year and you don’t consider them freshmen anymore. It’s something that you just have to be more aware of on the court.”
INDIANAPOLIS — It was a quiet Indiana locker room on Thursday afternoon as the Hoosiers addressed the media following a disappointing 64-54 loss to Illinois in the opening round of the 2014 Big Ten tournament.
Watch what several of IU’s players had to say following the loss:
Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey met with the media on Wednesday to preview Thursday’s matchup with Illinois in the Big Ten tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Watch their comments in the media players below:
The Big Ten Conference released the annual All-Big Ten teams this evening live on the Big Ten Network and Yogi Ferrell, Noah Vonleh and Will Sheehey were among the honorees.
The All-Big Ten first team as selected by the coaches and the media for the 2013-2014 season is Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, Michigan State’s Gary Harris, Nebraska’s Terran Petteway, Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky and Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble.
Stauskas was named the Big Ten player of the year by the coaches and the media.
Ferrell was a second team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and the media, while Vonleh was named the league’s freshman of the year by the coaches and the media. Vonleh was also named third team All-Big ten by the coaches and the media.
Sheehey was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media and was also Indiana’s Big Ten sportsmanship award honoree.
Nebraska’s Tim Miles was named the league’s coach of the year by the coaches and Michigan’s John Beilein was the media’s choice for the same award.
Ohio State’s Aaron Craft was named the Big Ten defensive player of the year by the coaches for the second time.
The complete list of winners is available after the jump.
Yogi Ferrell dished out a season-high eight assists in IU’s 84-80 loss to Michigan on Saturday night. The sophomore did a great job of breaking down the Wolverine defense off the dribble and finding teammates for scores.
Freshman Troy Williams (16 points) was often on the receiving end of those passes, as he was smart in movement off the ball for buckets.
A look at four assists from Ferrell to Williams in the latest edition of Film Session:
The Hoosiers quickly bring the ball up the court and it looks as if they’re getting into their weave action on the perimeter with a handoff from Ferrell to Stan Robinson:
Ferrell ends up keeping the ball on the sneak and all Derrick Walton can do is point for someone to pick Ferrell up. Glenn Robinson III slides over to cover up the rim and stop Ferrell’s drive: