Spring Showdown: Ferrell scouting, interview, highlights

  • 04/26/2011 8:13 pm in

Inside the Hall caught up with class of 2012 commitment Yogi Ferrell for a brief video interview at the Nike Spring Showdown in Merrillville on Saturday. Check out our scouting report on Ferrell’s play so far this spring as well as our Q & A and some highlights, below:

Scouting Ferrell:

There is little doubt that Yogi Ferrell is the engine that makes his Indiana Elite team go. Ferrell has done a great job of mixing up his offensive role during the AAU season thus far. Ferrell is a more than capable scorer, having the skill and quickness to get to the rim and score, but also possessing great touch as an outside shooter. The 5-11 point guard has great body control and does a great job of absorbing contact and finishing. Ferrell’s willingness to attack the basket also earns him frequent trips to the foul line where he is a more than reliable shooter.

He’s also excelled as a floor general, using the weapons around him to the best of his distributing abilities. Ferrell has the option of finding capable shooters such as Ron Patterson and Jeremy Hollowell (prior to his injury), but also the luxury of athletic big men down low in Hanner Perea and Obij Aget. Yogi has done a nice job of not being too passive, but also not dominating the offense in a manner detrimental to his team. Defensively, Ferrell has excelled as an on-ball defender, an area that is sometimes viewed as optional in AAU basketball.

Video Interview:


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  • HoosierFromCt

    So about that last move Yogi did….yeah, he’s alright.

  • Kelin Blab

    The move at the 1minute mark is one of the best I have ever seen…at any level.

  • Anonymous

    Geez. That move at the 1:03 mark is something I haven’t seen at IU since Eric Gordon. I want it to be 2012 already.

  • Ever? Easy there, KB. I will give you this: he basically drives around/through/past every defender.

  • Jmossler

    He probably wears 11 because he want to model his game after Hoosier idol, Dan Dakich. vbg

  • HoosierDavey

    That was just sick! Can’t wait!

  • Dfitz3

    I think we will all love the dribble drive version 2012….2013…. 2014………………..!

  • Anonymous

    Does he have enough HS credits to reclassify to 2011? I think he could start now. I say that about all of those kids, but I think Yogi will be the player that makes everyone else look better. Can’t wait to watch Yogi driving the lane and dishing to an open CZ about 20 times a game!!

  • IU_Fan_99

    Sick… just sick… you know what’s fun? All the trash I’m going to be able to talk again in a few years…

  • unclekerfuffle

    I have a question for you guys that may have been answered previously–if so, please let me know.

    How does Yogi compare to Zeke at this point in his career? He definitely seems to have the same attitude towards getting the team involved and then getting his points when the opportunities present themselves. The similarities in leadership skills are obvious.

  • JerryCT

    Call me weird but the highlight sequence I liked the most were the 2 times he worked off the high ball screen.

    The first time he anticipated a hedge and briefly hopped back to gain space to operate. The 2nd time he saw a switch with no hard hedge and did a hesitate and blow by move.

    He is not just quick but he recognizes , plays smart and is well coached for these situations which he will see alot.

  • Anonymous

    the layup was sick… But Ive noticed something over the past few interviews… Yogi carries himself very well in front of the mic.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Holy *&$*! That’s the best move I’ve ever seen out of a high school kid!

    I honestly think that if PJ and JH were healthy, that Indiana Elite team could probably beat IU at least 2 of the past 3 seasons if not all 3!

  • Diesel

    Joe, I know this is off topic but I’ve been thinking about this the past couple days and wanted your opinion. What makes Colin Hartman and Devin Davis Jr such highly ranked prospects. Both seem like very good prospects that you wouldn’t think twice about being ranked 60-100, but top 35 guys? What do you think? Will they continue to be so highly ranked or will they slide over the next couple of years?

  • Plane1972

    No, no. Todd Jadlow is the greatest to ever wear #11.

  • RobD

    there is no one in the Big Ten currently that could pull that move.

  • MillaRed

    I think there are similarities but I learned something from watching a few games on The Big Ten Network. In 1987 it was such a different game. Every player on the floor packed it in around the paint. It was like a 15 footer was rare.

    Zeke was not a pull-up three point shooter (there were no 3’s). And when you went into the lane, the entire defense was waiting there for you.

    Now as a pro? I think they are a lot alike. More than anything, they both have “it.”

    Yogi is really, really good. He always seems to have the defense on its heels.

  • I think they were noticed pretty early, both nationally and statewide, and built on that foundation. As freshmen/sophomores the national rankings are more about who you find first and trying to get a feel for the class. I would expect both guys to drop but still be top 100 guys. I think as more players emerge, catch up to and pass them, they’ll drop a little bit.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I think DD has the athleticism to hold onto a pretty high ranking. CH is a shooter and reminds me a lot of AE watching him play. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up with a ranking somewhere between 70-90.

  • unclekerfuffle


    I assume you meant 1981 and I totally agree with your assessment of the way the game was played. I guess that what I remember most about IT that I think Yogi mirrors is the ability to make things positive happen whether it is scoring, stealing the ball, driving for the “and-one” or finding Kitchell, Whitman or whomever else was open. It all comes down to the “doing what you gotta do to win” attitude; I guess that is what you mean by “it.”

    On the subject of watching the 1981 team on BTN, I watched the championship game earlier this year and was amazed by how much Whitman brought the ball up the court and then passed off to Zeke to start the offense.

  • Anonymous

    Air Jadlow?

  • Diesel

    Thanks Joe, appreciate your insight.