Ferrell talks McDonald’s All-American selection

  • 02/09/2012 7:43 pm in

Earlier this evening, Park Tudor point guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell was named a member of the West squad for the 2012 McDonald’s All-American game. Inside the Hall caught up with the IU signee shortly after the rosters were released to get his reaction on being picked for the most prestigious prep all-star game.

On being selected a McDonald’s All-American:

“All of the hard work I feel has paid off. I feel blessed to be nominated for the McDonald’s All-American game and I’m going to take this opportunity to the fullest extent to reach my goals.”

On the opportunity to play against the best high school players in the country:

“It’s going to be a great experience. Growing up and getting older, I can say I played in the McDonald’s All-American game against some of these guys is going to be a great thing to say. It’s going to go out there and play just to see where I stand so I can come back and work on what I need to work on.”

On how hard it was to keep the news of being selected for the game a secret the past few weeks:

“I was really excited. I only told family and close friends, but as soon as we could tell anyone, I put it out there on Twitter.”

On being the 26th McDonald’s All-American to play at Indiana and whether his selection to the game puts any more pressure on to make an impact next winter:

“I already know the fans at IU expect a lot from us. I’m pretty much going to take each day, step by step and not really worry about whether we will produce or not. I feel like we will. I feel like the coaches can get us prepared. I’m just going to take it day by day, getting better to transition over to the college game.”

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  • El Bonko

    Great job, Yogi.

  • Hoosier Ken

    Does anyone kown how many times IU has had 2 McDonalds All-Americans on the same floor at one time like we will next year?

  • Ots

    Who is #2?

  • Brklynhoosier

     Try ’91-92, when we had Eric Anderson, Pat Graham (did he play that year?), Greg Graham, Alan Henderson, and Damon Bailey.  And none of them was the leading scorer…

  • Keep_it_in_Indiana

    I dont know exactly, but if you look at the history of McD All-American’s and their years, it was rather routine through the 70’s, 80’s, and early 90’s…aka the glory years.

    If Cody were to stick around for all 4 (please God!), we would have 3-4 on the floor by the time the 2014 class arrives (Lyles for sure and then maybe Blackmon).

  • Stlbam

    I appreciate that Yogi recognizes the expectations but I don’t think the 2012 class has to feel like they are the group that brings IU back to prominence. This years team has a provided an unexpected head start and shown that any future high level recruits will just make IU scary deep and a matchup nightmare.

  • Beat kentucky

    He even says the right things , We will be incredibly fast next year . Good job Yogi . Can’t wait !

  • HoosierPat

    Park Tudor plays Broad Ripple on Saturday at 12:30 PM at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  I’m not going to pass up the opportunity to see Yogi play against Ron Patterson.  

  • BornHoosierFan

    Trey Lyles will probably be #1 overall at that point. However, I don’t think Cody stays more than 3 years. But Lyles will step right in to replace him

  • Mr_Howard8h

    I agree.  If anything, the 2012 class will have to prove they can play with the current team.  They will have to work that much harder in the off-season and in practice, which means a better team overall.

  • Ferjor11

    Gordon and White

  • Ferjor11

    Gordon and White

  • iujunebug

    Cody is #1, Yogi is #2

  • sglowrider

    Very mature comments for a young kid.

  • Chumbo07

    As happy as I am to see Yogi get the nod, I was very displeased to see Hollowell and Parea not get the honors. I feel like now the kids are selected not only on skills but how high of profile schools are recruiting you. If either of them had committed to pUKe there’s no doubt in my mind they would be All-Americans

  • Samb911

    could IU be the team with the most depth in the big ten next year?

  • Luke72

    No Guarantee that we will have 2 McD’ Allstars on the floor next year, Cody’s forcasted as 7 in the 2012 Draft! 

  • Hoosier Crimson

    Eric Gordon and DJ White were both McD All Americans.

  • Everyone needs to stop with this talk about Cody going into the draft and leaving early. He’s staying all 4 years. Luke and Tyler were all 4 year players and his family has made it clear that his education is very important. He’s in the Kelley School of Business, a 4 year program, also a TIP TOP program

  • ckelly586

    Cant wait to see this kid and Jordy in the backcourt together. He is going to make everybody so much better. Congrats Yogi!