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Ranking the top 10 players of the Tom Crean era

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It’s late June, recruiting won’t heat up until a couple of weeks into July and thus, there’s finally some time to dig into one of the list ideas we’ve been kicking around in recent weeks for offseason content. 

As we enter season eight of Tom Crean’s time in Bloomington, it’s time for our ranking of the top 10 players to play for the Hoosiers in his tenure:

10. James Blackmon Jr. (2014-present)

It will interesting to see where Blackmon Jr. ultimately ends up if this list is reexamined when his career is over. But as it stands, it’s hard to warrant placing him higher given that he’s played just one season. Still, Blackmon Jr. accomplished a lot offensively in his first season. He ranked sixth in the country among all freshman in scoring at 15.7 points per game and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection. He also set the freshman record for 3-pointers made in a season (77), breaking a mark set by Eric Gordon. If Blackmon Jr. continues the scoring pace he exhibited as a freshman and stays until he’s a junior, he’s going to go down as one of the better backcourt scorers to ever play for the Hoosiers.

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Indiana ready to begin phase two of offseason workouts

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After a strong spring following a loss to Wichita State in the NCAA tournament in Omaha, Indiana is ready to begin phase two of the offseason.

Many of IU’s returnees have been working out off campus in recent weeks – Troy Williams and Robert Johnson spent time in Texas working out with John Lucas, for example – but that will change soon.

And as everyone returns to campus and the three freshmen and graduate transfer Max Bielfeldt arrive, it will be back to work for a program that enters the 2015-2016 campaign with significant expectations.

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Ferrell: “I couldn’t miss out on an opportunity like this”

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In order to get the most thorough investigation of his options following the conclusion of his junior season, Yogi Ferrell needed time.

With the help of his father, Kevin Ferrell Sr., and the IU coaching staff, Ferrell gathered as much information as possible to assist him in a pivotal decision: whether to return to college for his senior season or pursue a professional career.

His decision, announced on Sunday, April 26, was to come back to Bloomington for one more year. Ultimately, Ferrell said on Wednesday, the opportunity at IU next season on what should be a preseason top 15 was too much to pass up.

“I felt like I couldn’t miss out on an opportunity like this at Indiana,” he explained in a media availability at Assembly Hall. “Such a great place, I feel like I’ve had the best time of my life here. Best memories, best teammates, best friends. The next level is always going to be one of my dreams and I’m still going to be pursuing that dream and I feel like that dream is still going to be there at the end of the day.”

Ferrell, who has a chance to cement himself as one of the best four-year players in IU history, believes all of the feedback he received during this process will aid him tremendously as he prepares for his final season.

He noted that “maybe half” of the NBA teams he heard from projected him as a second round “at best” had he declared for June’s draft. He also said a couple of teams told him they want to see him “mix it up” as both a scorer and facilitator as a senior at IU.

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Video: Yogi Ferrell talks decision to return to Indiana

Indiana junior point guard Yogi Ferrell met with the media on Monday afternoon to discuss his decision to return to school for his senior season.

Watch the full press conference below, video courtesy of IU Athletics:

Yogi Ferrell confirms return for senior season

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Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell has confirmed that he’ll return to Bloomington for his senior season. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reported his return early Sunday morning.

Ferrell postponed a scheduled announcement on Saturday evening following the death of IU student Hannah N. Wilson.

Here’s the full release issued on his decision to return:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – All-Big Ten guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell has announced that he will return for his senior year at Indiana University.

“Like several other student-athletes in the game of basketball, I have considered the option of leaving college early to join the professional ranks,” said Ferrell. “I have considered many factors, including my family, my education, the game I love, and my goals in life. I would like to thank my family and friends, Coach Crean and his staff, my academic advisor, Marni Mooney, and my teammates for their contributions to my decision-making process.”

“At the end of the day, I have decided that it is in my best interests to continue my education, to build on my involvement in the community, and to improve my skills as a basketball player as a member of the 2015-16 IU Men’s Basketball Team,” Ferrell noted.

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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.

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