2012-2013 Player Profile: Yogi Ferrell

  • 10/17/2012 8:51 am in

It’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2012-2013 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Yogi Ferrell.

During his IU Auditorium speech in September, Indiana coach Tom Crean hinted at the fact that a freshman would likely be in the starting lineup this season. Most people immediately assumed that freshman was point guard Yogi Ferrell, and rightly so.

The Park Tudor product adds an element to the Hoosiers roster that it didn’t previously have. He’s a true point guard, complete with solid passing skills, sparkling quickness, and a good understanding of the game, and he is a major upgrade over Jordan Hulls and Verdell Jones III. Hulls and Jones did an adequate job running the offense for the Hoosiers last season, but neither was a true point guard. Ferrell’s presence will allow Hulls to move to the off-guard position, a spot that better suits him because of his shooting ability.

Crean also recently mentioned that Ferrell will be used a great deal to pressure the ball full-court. Crean called it a “one-man press,” similar to what the Hoosiers did with Victor Oladipo last season. Only with Ferrell, Crean won’t have to move a player off the ball to pressure. The opponent will either have to bring the ball up with an off-guard, or have their point guard be pressured by Ferrell. Either way, it will take the opposing team out of its regular offense.

One of the major challenges for Ferrell will be adapting to playing man-to-man defense. He played mostly zone in high school, and Crean said it has taken a bit of time for him to adjust to the difference. Also, if Ferrell and Hulls are on the court at the same time, the two guards will have to learn to play together on the defensive end.

On the offensive side, Ferrell should open up so many things for the Hoosiers. His quickness and uncanny ability to get in the lane will open up shooters on the perimeter (i.e. Hulls, Will Sheehey, Christian Watford, etc.) and draw Cody Zeller’s defender away from him. If not, Ferrell is plenty capable of finishing at the hoop himself.

Bottom line: There’s no doubt Ferrell is going to make a significant impact during his freshman campaign. Even though Crean has always stressed how difficult it is for a freshman to play the point guard position, Ferrell is undoubtedly the most ready of new freshmen to step in and contribute right away. His quickness likely rivals any player in the Big Ten already, and he won’t be counted on it do it all alone. The duo of Ferrell and Zeller could be something truly special to watch this season.

I expect Ferrell to see 25-30 minutes per contest, and it’s not out of the question to think he could average a double digits in points and rack up over 10 assists in some games. He certainly has plenty of weapons to throw it to.

Quotable: “We just bring another level of toughness. It’s not really ‘the movement’ anymore. We’re just all Hoosiers. Now that we’re here, we’re just all one complete team. We’ve got one goal in mind and that’s a national championship.” — Ferrell at the IU media challenge on what the freshman class brings

PreviouslyDerek ElstonChristian Watford, Jordan Hulls, Maurice CreekVictor Oladipo, Will Sheehey,Remy AbellCody Zeller, Austin Etherington

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  • And_One

    A friend of mine, Buckeye fan, hates him already. I told him, just wait until he’s a senior, you’ll be sick of him like we’re sick of Craft, only moreso.

  • Knuckledrager

    It is so much more fun to win. Yogi is a key just the way Cody was a key. And the in-between guys are just icing on the cake. (Maybe IU will buy Knight’s 76′ ring so they can have a matched pair after this undefeated season). (This is the first time I’ve refereed RMK without the Coach in front of it.) I guess in his point of view we (the loyal IU fans) are just red headed step kids. I guess I’ve give up the grieving now.

  • Is it just me, or does he already look more bulked up?

  • There’s plenty examples of a feisty guard that you get sick of so fast, it feels like he’s been in school forever. Craft is definitely one of them. Novak on Michigan is another. And didn’t it seem like JJ Redick was at Duke for about 7 years? Hopefully Yogi can become a thorn in the rest of the Big Ten’s side too

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I think what’s special is that with Yogi we have a complete team. Some teams have problems finding a true center in college, some have trouble finding a true point guard; a lot have wings and forwards. So in a season where we have a true elite center, a true elite point guard, great forwards and great wigs, it’s not hard to see why our expectations are so high.

  • Or Kramer at Purdue

  • Don’t call him Knight or he will grab your arm and get fired from ESPN

  • catronhoosier

    I haven’t seen much of yogi defensively… if he can play defense like Kramer did (don’t get me wrong i hated the guy but you can’t say he wasn’t an amazing defender) he will be a multiple time 1st team all american because Yogi’s offense is already way above the level of most other frosh PGs

  • nate91

    Damn it feels good to be a hoosier

  • Daburns0

    I had that same background in my 5th grade school photo in 1988.

  • Hoosier4life67

    I’m very excited and can’t wait to see Yogi take the floor and lead the hoosiers this season. The season can’t get here fast enough for me.

  • Hoosier4life67

    I’m excited to see Yogi lead the hoosiers on the court this year. The season can’t get here fast enough for me.

  • catronhoosier

    completely unrelated but on ESPN First Take there was a pole on twitter on who people thought would win the National Title this year… the choices were UK, Duke, UNC, and IU. IU finished last out of the choices. I don’t know how this team is but when i played sports I was big on bulletin board material and so was everyone else on my team. Anything you can find to give you any edge is a good thing. Is this a big deal no not at all, but as players and competitive athletes that stuff does give you another level of desire. I hope someone brings it to their attention. I mean UNC and Duke ahead of them? and yea i understand its mostly just fans like us who voted and they just picked their favorite team. I don’t see UK being a final four team but its early on and Calipari did do it last year so can’t rule anything out with them. but UNC and Duke absolutely not. I hope somehow we get a chance to play all of those teams in the tourney and we just thump them.

    Like i said this was by no means a big deal at all and I’m not trying to paint that picture but y not give something like that to the players. i never played at a college level by any stretch so I don’t know if they would react the way I know I would. But i read an article about Michael Jordan and he kept news clippings with him all the time that knocked him or his team in anyway and he used them to his advantage the article even said he would make up stuff in his head. I was just wondering if I am the only one who feels that way?

    And just to knock calipari a little bit. He said that since hes been at UK they have graduated 11 players… for starters thats not a very high number and also he recruited a grand total of ZERO of those guys. he has yet to recruit a player to UK that has graduated. And I know its very nice to have those type of talented players but I have said this before I do NOT wanna see us start to get those kinds of players. I think its bad for college basketball and it makes a mockery of education. And I love getting guys who you “get to know” in a way because they stay all 4 years or at least 3. You see them grow as men and it gives more meaning to the games for them when they put that much into it. I don’t believe Crean has been getting guys who are for sure one and dones and i am very happy about that. Guys like Coverdale, Moye, Fife and so on are the ones who we all remember. You hardly ever see someone on here mention Jefferies. even Eric Gordon. But people talk about Dj White quite a bit.

    Sorry that was long I just had to rant to my fellow Hoosier fans and I don’t have the cash to get the premium site but i will very soon

  • Oldguyy

    And from the recent comments by Crean and others, I have some hope that the other freshmen will help supply the front-court depth that we will need, as well.

  • HoosierTrav

    I see Yogi being heavily involved in the National FOY voting. He’s going to average quite a bit of assists. He may only score 8-10 a game but I see him averaging the same in the assist category. I remember watching the Mc D’s AA game and his state title game. He had the ability to get anywhere on the court when he wanted and almost ALWAYS found the best possible shot on the court. His passing and ball handling is something special. Quite frankly, there hasn’t been a player like this in candy stripes since Mr. Thomas. Yogi may cement an even larger legend in the hearts of Hoosier Nation simply bc he decided to come when we arose from the ashes. We appreciate and are more thankful now than we have ever been.

  • HoosierTrav

    Does anyone else get the feeling that this team has a chemistry unlike any we have seen in a long time? I’m not just talking about Hoosiers either. I’m talking any university’s team in the last decade. Zeller may want to stay an additional year regardless if he doesn’t want to leave his best friends/family. DreamersGonnaDream!

  • Question: in paragraph three, you quote Crean referring to Yogi as a “one-man press”. Is this from the Dakich interview? Cause if so, he actually said “one-man press offense”.

  • I may be wrong about it being a Dakich interview, but it was a recent radio interview nonetheless.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Actual expectation/prediction for Yogi’s APG? I’m putting the scale from 6-11, anything outside that range would be surprising to me. I’m going with 7.5.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    well isn’t this Cal’s 4th year? Technically those guys would all be seniors this year if they didn’t go pro.

  • catronhoosier

    You are right but the only senior they got this year is a transfer. So in his first 4 years at UK he will a total of 0 guys he recruited graduate. that is more of where i was trying to go with it. My statement about him not recruiting a player that graduated yet at UK was moronic in that sense. but I think you get what I am saying. Im clearly not a fan of the 1 and done rule and Im honestly proud that we are a basketball power that is known for graduating its players and always have been. But like i said you are correct but im sure you know what i was driving at.

  • jcopey

    Isiah Thomas holds the all-time record at 5.7 assists per game (Buckner is 2nd with 5.5 apg.) So 7.5 would shatter all records – I think Yogi will end up holding the record, but not sure it will be this year (although it could with all his options!!)

  • CreamandCrimson

    It’s okay to rant….your only mistake was watching ESPN First Take.

  • millzy32

    That’s actually shocking that 5.7 per game is the record. I guess the fact that Thomas and Buckner could also put it in the hole themselves somewhat limited their assists. If you think back most of IU’s great guards have been scorers as well as facilitators.
    Yogi can score but he seems to be one that will try to facilitate as much as possible. I can see him breaking this record (hopefully).

  • MillaRed

    The Blur!

  • Knuckledrager

    “The Perfect Storm.”

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I don’t know, watching kendall marshall put up that gaudy assist number may have clouded my mind… but he has so many weapons and he doesn’t need to score. Maybe 6 is a more realistic expectation. But I really think he gets 6 a game, surprised if not..

  • There have been several people talking about Yogi and Hulls “needing to learn to play together on the defensive end.” I don’t understand this part. Offensively, sure, there are distinct roles, and Hulls role will change with a true PG on the floor. But exactly how will they play together defensively, or rather learn to play together defensively anymore than any other player on the team?

    Team defense is about knowing your responsibilities and how they extend to helping your teammates. All 5 players have the same team defensive responsibilities, though they are different based on your position and who you are guarding. I’m just not seeing how Jordan and Yogi will have to work anything out anymore than any other player in order to be able to both play defense at the same time.

    This sounds like something that was said once, sounded good, so it’s been repeated over and over. I don’t think there is much substance in it.

  • DarkSouth

    twitter poll = who’s fanbase is watching. It just tells me that Duke and UNC have more fans watching First Take than UofL. It has about as much meaning as a twitter poll asking “which car is the coolest” or “who’s teh smartest AsTroNAut EVER!?!!!?!??!!!!!!!!??!!!!”

    I don’t think finding motivation matters too much at the college level.

  • gee, i dont know. it might have something to do with the banners hanging in assembly. if you’re too young to have seen his teams, you’re too young to understand the blind faith people had/have for the general.


    I just hope that Cody will pursue his Masters at IU and remain more years, and the same thing for Yogi…..


    I’m pretty sure it was the DD interview. I was also thinking that that was what he said as well, if not it was something along those lines.

  • I think he’ll play more minutes than anybody on the team early as he prepares for B1G play. With our early schedule, I think he could put up some big numbers and carry a very high apg throughout the season. Wouldn’t surprise me if he was over 7apg early and remained in the 6’s at the end of the season. I think he could get 3-4 apg through Cody alone.

    He averaged 6.6 apg as a senior in HS. With the talent surrounding him, this could easily be a record breaking year.

  • Three National Championships, no violations, and he graduated players that became successful in and outside of basketball.

    You can question his means, but you can’t question the results. Between losing May in 1975 and Alan Henderson in 1992, He could have won five titles.

  • IUfanforever

    I am lookin foward to banner number 6 this season

  • Ben Ancelet

    I love that he’s wearing number 11 still. It shows he’s not shying away from any Isaiah comparisons. I wasn’t alive when Zeke was running the show in Btown, but I remember him being one of the best point guards in the NBA during the 80s. Yogis’ speed and skill with the ball are very similar to Isaiah. I think Yogi is the floor general we’ve been lacking that leads us to banner number 6.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Unless the refs decide to actually call fouls. That D was ridiculous last year, just constant grabbing on the perimeter.

    Sort of like the Wiscy approach- if we foul every player every time they touch the ball, they can’t call all of them.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    His PT will depend on how many times he turns the ball over. I remember seeing his statlines last year and he’d have a handful of assists, but it seemed like his assists to turnover ratio was still 2:1. I understand that not every PG can be Jordan Taylor, but I won’t be surprised if Yogi has multiple five-TO games.

    Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Yogi, but I think he’ll also have a bit of an adjustment to make in the turnover department before he leads our team in minutes or is the national FotY.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I wonder how long it will take before the announcers start referring to his assists as something that came from a pick-a-nic bas-ket.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I wonder how long it will take before the announcers start referring to his assists as something that came from a pick-a-nic bas-ket.

  • A_Schick

    When we were watching last Friday’s practice, my parents both mentioned that he looks quite big. I don’t think he’ll have a problem muscling up with Aaron Kraft or Trey Burke.

  • A_Schick

    When we were watching last Friday’s practice, my parents both mentioned that he looks quite big. I don’t think he’ll have a problem muscling up with Aaron Kraft or Trey Burke.

  • hoosiers2012

    I don’t get how you can say Yogi is a major upgrade over hulls. Hulls was the most efficient player in the country last year. Yogi will help but let him play a game before he is called a major upgrade.

  • hoosiers2012

    I don’t get how you can say Yogi is a major upgrade over hulls. Hulls was the most efficient player in the country last year. Yogi will help but let him play a game before he is called a major upgrade.

  • Old fan

    I agree 100% calipari is making a mockery of education and it won’t stop without a NCAA rule change requiring a certain percentage of recruits to get degrees.

  • Banner6

    Ladies and gentlemen, Yogi Ferrell is LEGIT. He gives us a playmaker with the ability to get 10+ assists per game, in addition to his excellent defense and ball pressure and three point shooting skills. I’m expecting the Coach’s in the B1G to once again vote an IU player the Freshman of the Year, while the Media will select Gary Harris, or possibly Mitch McGary. All in all, Yogi will be as dominant as any PG in Indiana history, seeing as his height will probably require 3+ years of College Ball

  • Hoosierfan2335

    Got the opportunity to watch him play a few times last year and couldn’t believe how fast he was offensively and defensively. he literally never stopped sprinting and i think he has a crazy competitive spirit. i think his only concern would be that sometimes he speeds up a little too much for his own good and tries to do too much with the ball. one of his underrated attributes is his uncanny ability to find holes in the defense and draw shooting fouls.

  • Knuckledrager

    The team he put together before he was fired lost to Maryland in the championship game could have been his 6th banner.