Yogi Ferrell confirms return for senior season

  • 04/26/2015 5:40 pm in

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.

“Anyone who actually knows me knows that I am a fierce competitor,” the senior to be added. “I truly want to leave a legacy of accomplishments at IU, like the great IU legends of the past. I look forward to returning to IU to complete my undergraduate degree and to begin my graduate studies. And I plan to lead my returning teammates and our incoming players to our goal of achieving great things next year in Assembly Hall.”

A first-team NABC and USBWA All-District selection, Ferrell was sixth in the Big Ten averaging 16.3 points and was fourth in assists at 4.9. He also has made a three-pointer in 65 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the nation.

“We will always support Yogi in his career and life paths, and returning to Indiana affords him an opportunity to leave an indelible mark in the proud history of the Hoosier program,” said IU coach Tom Crean. “More importantly, he will earn an IU degree to carry with him the rest of his life. His continued growth and development on the court will provide him longevity at the next level and a bright future.”

Ferrell, 6-0, and a native of Indianapolis, ranks 22nd on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,379 points, sixth in career assists at 438 and fourth in three-point field goals with 193. All three of those totals will make him the Big Ten’s active leader in those categories entering his final season.

Coming off an NCAA Tournament bid last season, the Hoosiers have been a consensus top 15 team in most 2015-16 preseason polls.

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    Agree with your comment totally, but the last part of your last sentence, those few words may very well be the biggest key to the things you speak of happening.




    Well put.

  • Drew

    I have a tendency to ramble. I am glad you do haha!

  • I think the lack of size was every bit as important as the lack of experience

  • Of course, UK and Duke both had very _tall_ young players. Let’s face it, where IU got killed last season was in defending the post (and in pulling our best guards to defend the post on occasion, leaving the perimeter and opposing guards wide open). For right or wrong, it was the lack of height that caused CTC to run such bizarre defenses and in-possession switches.

  • Outoftheloop

    Great news! Great roster! Now strength, conditioning, defensive skills, individual improvement, commitment to team basketball on both offense and defense, coach them up and win a lot of games. A top 10 ranking, a deep NCAA run, and a fight for a B1G title are all possible. Work hard Hoosiers. I will revisit you in October!

  • TomJameson

    I agree Mike, totally. I think as things stand now we will most probably have an average to slightly above average defense, but if an assistant is hired with that defensive focus in mind, we could have a very good defense to go along with what is probably going to be a top 15 offense. IMHO of course.

    It could be a very good year, or it could just be pretty good. Either way it’s going to be a fun ride for sure.