Ferrell, Vonleh named to watch list for 2014 Naismith Award

  • 11/21/2013 1:53 pm in

Indiana sophomore Yogi Ferrell and freshman Noah Vonleh have been named to the watch list for the 2014 Naismith Award.

Earlier this month, Vonleh was named to the preseason top 50 list for the 2014 John R. Wooden Award.

Vonleh and Ferrell are two of nine Big Ten players to be named to the list, joining Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker, Michigan State’s Gary Harris, Michigan’s Mitch McGary, Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, Michigan’s Glenn Robinson III and Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross.

Former Indiana Director of Basketball Operations Calbert Cheaney was the last Hoosier to win the Naismith Award in 1993. Scott May also won it in 1976.

Last season, Victor Oladipo was one of four finalists for the award, which Michigan’s Trey Burke won.

The complete 50-player watch list follows after the jump:

Jordan Adams, UCLA
Kyle Anderson, UCLA
Isaiah Austin, Baylor
Jerrelle Benimon, Towson
Jahii Carson, Arizona State
Semaj Christon, Xavier
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
Perry Ellis, Kansas
C.J. Fair, Syracuse
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Aaron Gordon, Arizona
Treveon Graham, VCU
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Joe Harris, Virginia
Andrew Harrison, Kentucky
Tyler Haws, BYU
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss
Rodney Hood, Duke
Joe Jackson, Memphis
Cory Jefferson, Baylor
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
Alex Kirk, New Mexico
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Mitch McGary, Michigan
Jordan McRae, Tennessee
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Johnny O’Bryant, LSU
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga
Jabari Parker, Duke
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Julius Randle, Kentucky
Juvonte Reddic, VCU
Glenn Robinson III, Michigan
LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State
Wayne Selden, Kansas
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Russ Smith, Louisville
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee
Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke
Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
Kendall Williams, New Mexico
Chaz Williams, Massachusetts
James Young, Kentucky

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  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Man I HATE Aaron Craft. So overrated.

  • Miamihoosier

    4 teams in the Big Ten have 2 guys on a list of top 50 players in the country, plus Wisconsin’s Dekker. Normally, you’d think if you have 2 of the top 50, you’d have a great shot at the league title, but not in the beastly Big Ten! WHy would any recruit want to play in any other sub-par conference (save maybe the ACC)

  • N71

    If talent translates to W’s then 3 of the final 4 this year will be Kansas, Kentucky, and Duke with the 4th being up in the air between MSU, UM, VCU, IU, Louisville, OSU, Baylor, and UCLA. At this point I’d have to give the nod to MSU, next year will be our turn. Wouldn’t want to play VCU by the way.

  • Walton

    One year removed from having two Naismith candidates, and IU has two new ones. I can see doubting some things about Crean, but recruiting?? Not me. 4 different candidates in back to back years, and this just being in the first 2-3 years of fair recruiting since recovering from the past.

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    Noah Vonleh? Who?

    Hmmmmm…….I haven’t heard about him at all on ESPN…..so there’s no way he can be any good, right?

    Now, from what I understand, there are some other freshmen (Randle, Parker, Wiggins, Gordon) who are exceptional……

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I can honestly say I would take Noah over every other B1G player listed….

  • Hoosierfan2335

    he’s been on many ESPN articles about being one of the nation’s top freshmen.

  • Miamihoosier

    How can you say he is overrated? He is the best defender in the Big Ten, and the point guard on a top 10 team without a single great scorer. You might rather have Tim Frazier and his 20 ppg, but I bet you 10 out of 11 Big Ten coaches would rather have Craft….I hate him too by the way, but only because he is as good as he is and plays for the enemy

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    Yes, I know……

    I’m obviously being a little facetious and just pointing out the overwhelming ESPN hype of the other four…….

    I realize he’s been mentioned in a few articles here and there, but for the past couple of weeks, ESPN has been like a 24/7 commercial for Parker, Randle, Wiggins, and Gordon.

    Also check out the Wooden Award story today on ESPN that lists 23 possible contenders for the award, none of which are named Noah Vonleh or Yogi Farrell. (Granted, it was written by Eamon, so maybe that’s by design to help keep our two biggest pieces around another season – haha).

    Actually, I’m more than OK with Noah flying under the radar…..just wanted to point out the insane amount of hype surrounding the others…..

  • Rie

    I am interested to see how his defensive tenacity is during conference play, now that they are calling the game so much tighter. I agree he is a great college player and defender, but I really think the strict enforcement of the hand-check will inhibit his previous level of defensive ability. I swear he should foul out of half of his games, but they never use to call him on it. Now, it seems they probably will have to. Just a thought.

  • kyle jenkins

    Enough about Craft. He’s the best defensive PG in the nation and lets leave at that. Now Yogi on the other hand could give him some problems because of his quickness and newly found shooting. He reminds me of a Dee Brown for Illinois when they had that tournament team. IMO outside of Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins, Noah Vonleh has the most upside for the NBA game with his skill set as a big. He reminds me a lot of Tim Duncan.

  • Rie

    Marcus Smart disagrees with you on your first point.

    The list mentions these guys so I am not sure why Miamihoosier should not mention the guy; he does also happen to play in our conference.

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    Aaron Craft is a thorn in the Big Ten’s collective side, but as for me, I don’t HATE anyone or anything not wearing a Kentucky jersey, coaching people wearing a Kentucky jersey, or cheering for people wearing a Kentucky jersey.

    But to each their own…..

  • kyle jenkins

    I agree with you Marcus smart is a better player than Aaron Craft. Defensively i don’t know. I like his game. He just put up 39 on Memphis. Julius Randle is a 6’8 power forward that will be a good NBA player for sure but i was referring more to upside rather than how good they are right now. Good point though. I just see Noah doing more for a longer time in the NBA.

  • Rie

    I agree with you about Noah, which is why I took out the Randle thing… guess I did it while you were still typing. I do still believe Randle has just as limitless of an upside as Noah has. Smart was actually hailed by NBA scouts for his defensive ability first and foremost; he was probably one of the few people last year competing with Victor for the award.

    Hope you are right about Noah. He just seems like such a good kid and has the right mentality and work ethic to thrive anywhere in the game. Scouts hail his ability and willingness to learn and adapt, things a lot of those Kentucky guys lack (besides Davis’ team).

  • kyle jenkins

    Yea i remember them talking about that. That was a big reason why it was such a surprise that Smart came back this year. I guess I’m a little biased to a 4 year player. I hate Kentucky! Such a waste of college scholarships. Kids don’t want to get their education. Just a pipeline to the NBA

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Move to Cleveland. Within days, you will hate all things Suckeye. Never has such a good program been wasted on a more clueless bunch of mouth breathers.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    What Craft calls “defense” I call a series of hand checks. His great d is just like Wiscys and VCU’S. Illegal.

  • yimyames

    and Butler, at least while All mighty Brad Stevens was there.

  • Craft uses his body way more than his hands to defend. Not sure how much the new rules will hurt him, if at all.

  • Bled4IU

    Marcus Smart -OSU is the best player on the list in my opinion. But, u know what opinions are like, everyone has one!

  • TomJameson

    lol … Not sure how many people agree with that one Alex. Seems like every time I’ve seen him play, he always has at least one hand on the person he’s guarding. This year may be different, and he may have adapted to the new rules quite well because he IS good, but he still is one of the ‘favored few’ that seem to get all the calls, or no calls, going his way.

    btw, really like your writing. Keep up the good work, lots of people appreciate you.

  • cdog

    I would hold your judgement until Noah has played against real competition. If he averages a double/double in the Big10, then there is some basis to your thoughts. He has as much potential as any player in the conference. The key for him is to stay out of foul trouble. That will be a lot tougher against better B10 teams and with limited support he will be double and triple teamed. I am not convinced how much help he will get upfront from HP, LF, and PJ. I was more confident in LF until his shoulder injury.

  • hoosier1158

    Yep, I agree. Averaging a double double and I don’t see any chance of that changing.

  • Wyatt

    Khyle Marshall should be on here


    I realize you made this comment before they played Thursday night and I felt the same way, but after watching them play against FL St we might have to rethink that somewhat. Think Smart will get them turned around tho, to good of a coach not to, but then again the style of play they’ve employed in the past used the same way with the new rules may not be very conducive to them winning like they have in the past.


    Ohhh, now, what ever could you find to dislike about wittle wosey cheeks.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Barfy barfy barf.


    I know what NotTheRealSteveEyl is saying about wittle wosey cheeks but I’m with you 100 % on the pUKe thing……come here often….well, let me buy us a beer to drink while we discuss our hatred of all things Kantuckhee my friend. LOL


    You do realize that I was being very sarcastic….don’t you ? Just being on the safe side lest anyone think I like that little hack machine.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Oh, of course. I could feel your hate over the internet. And I welcome the warmth that hatred provides. The brethren of Craft haters is large in number and mighty in strength.

    I honestly can’t believe there are people on here who don’t hate that little apple polishing, brown nosing, flopping turd.

    He’s sneakier about it than, say, Brian Cardinal, but he should have earned all hoosier fans hatred by now…


    You may be right Alex…..but we’re still sending someone over to check you for a high fever. lol

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Just because I hate Craft does not mean I don’t hate UK. That entire program is a sham.

    And, please, save some hatred for Purdonkey. Just because they suck now doesn’t mean we shouldn’t kick them while they’re down.

    And let’s not forget Illinois and Wisconsin and… well, you see where this is headed.


    I hear ya about Purdonkey (I’ll have to buy you a beer as well as a form of payment for the rights to reuse that one) they sure got off on kicking us when we were down. Plus it’s a little hard not to have a large dislike for a group of fans who chant IU sucks regardless of who they are playing or what the score in that game is. smh


    I step back and applaud your nifty use of the English language in the telling of the truth. Don’t stop now, you’re killing it !

  • hoosier1158

    Noah will do fine, he is very talented. Only issue will be if IU doesn’t improve on their outside shooting, teams go to a zone and load up on NV.

  • Double_Up

    Looking at the freshmen nominated makes you realize how utterly great some former freshmen were (who played when freshmen were to be seen and not heard), like Mark Aguirre. 24, 8, and 3 per game in ’79….