Transcript: Yogi Ferrell on the Chris Mannix Show

  • 05/16/2016 10:12 pm in

Former Indiana point guard and All-American Yogi Ferrell is beginning to workout for NBA teams this week after being snubbed for the draft combine over the weekend in Chicago.

Ferrell was also recently a guest on the Chris Mannix Show on NBC Sports Radio and discussed a variety of topics, including mock drafts, his senior season in Bloomington, not being invited to Chicago, whether college athletes should be paid and much more.

A full transcript of Ferrell’s comments is available below:

On the last time he looked at a mock draft:

“I’d say probably two years ago. I don’t really get into that stuff. I haven’t even paid attention to all of the NBA boards.”

On whether it is hard to avoid looking at mock drafts given their prevalence:

“I feel like some of the mock drafts are people’s assumptions. I’d say the lottery, those guys are normally locked in. But from there on out, it can be assumptions, maybe different guys, people they’ve talked to. I feel like it’s always up for grabs.

“The only people that know are the teams, that’s about it.”

On if his friends or family members tell him about the different mock drafts:

“I get that a little bit. Them telling me that they’ve looked at all of the mock drafts and tell me where I’m going to go. It happens.”

On how strongly he considered coming out of school following his junior season:

“To begin with, I’d say it was pretty strong. That’s why I took up as much time as I did, to figure out whether or not it was a great choice for me to go or come back to school. As time went on, the process went on and I got feedback from all of the teams where they projected me, basically. And as time went on, I was swayed back to coming back to IU. I felt like that was one of the best decisions I made.”

On what brought him back to Indiana for his senior season:

“I just thought it was the class we had coming in. I had met those guys, had a strong connection with them and I could see how hard they were working. I felt like we could make a jump, especially from last year, from my junior year to my senior year, a jump in our play and our ability. I felt strongly about that. Coach (Tom) Crean and I was talking to the coaches, they really wanted me to come back and felt like I could do a lot of things for this university and me going in here and breaking a lot of records, leaving as a four-year player, it was a good choice.”

On if he’s glad he came back looking back on it:

“100 percent. I am glad I came back, definitely.”

On what he will miss the most about college:

“I’d probably just say my teammates. I know how it is at the next level. It’s all about business. In college, it’s more of a business and a little bit of fun to it. I’ll just miss my teammates, playing with them, playing those home and away games. Especially playing at home, Assembly Hall. Playing there is just one of the greatest feelings ever with the best fans in the country. I’d say just the whole aspect of basketball.”

On what he won’t miss about college:

“I would have to say those long practices. They get to you, especially me being there for four years. But those long practices get a little shorter when you’re winning. You win games, coach cuts practice to an hour and a half or two hours instead of going three and a half every day.”

On whether that’s how Crean operates: lose and it’s a long practice or win and it’s cut shorter:

“You could kind of say so, basically. Which I would understand that. Coming off of a loss, you don’t want a short practice and acting like everything is OK. You gotta go into practice, fix everything you need to fix, get better at different things. So I can understand his reasoning behind doing that.”

On whether he thinks college players should be compensated beyond getting a scholarship:

“Yeah, I’d say so. Probably a little bit of a stipend. I’ve kind of looked into it a little bit and I think student-athletes have two jobs with school and basketball, just the amount of hours they put in each week. But on the other side, to play the devil’s advocate, a scholarship is an opportunity to play at the highest D1 level against some of the best competition, free education, which other students can’t get. So it’s an opportunity. So I can kind of see that. But I think probably a little bit, student-athletes need a stipend to just help them along the way.”

On if it bugged him that he wasn’t invited to the draft combine:

“Yeah. I didn’t get invited and a lot of people were shocked. I did everything I could, sent in my form and got an email back saying that I wasn’t invited. I didn’t get down on myself, though, I feel like. I’m not discouraged by it or thinking that this is basically the end for me. After talking to a lot of guys, like my coaches and my agent and they feel like I should have been in there just with the different people that they’ve talked to. I’m not down by it, I’m still just getting my workouts in right now and getting ready for these NBA workouts. I just want show them that basically, I should have been invited and show them my ability.”

On the feedback he’s received about his draft prospects:

“My agent has told me great things. I’ve got a lot of workouts coming up. At the end of the day, I’ll probably have up to 20 workouts. 18 to 20. So I’m going to be flying all over the country doing these (workouts) and my agent said they’re very high on me. I just got to go in there, show I can shoot the ball, I got to have great conditioning, which I’ve been working on since the season was over with and I feel like I’m ready for it.”

On what he’s trying to work on or polish before the workouts:

“Definitely shooting. With me being, I guess you could say, one of the shorter guys, we’ve got to bring a little something extra to the table. With that being said, guys like me, my height, we’ve got to be able to knock down jump shots. Another thing is being able to play the entire game if we have to. Conditioning has got to be right, got to have our defenses down, defenses right, getting that and just going out there and being a leader.”

Filed to:

  • Shelli Effinger

    Stay positive, Yogi! Hoosier Nation is pulling for you! You have a bright future ahead of you! God’s Blessings on any of your future endeavors!
    #Hoosierforlife #IUNation

  • ForeverIU

    I’ll miss Yogi. Best of luck to him. He’s just a good, earnest Hoosier, and we wouldn’t have two outright B1G championships in the last four years without him. He brought some pride back to Hoosier Nation. He’s a Hoosier legend as far as I’m concerned, and to hell with the NBA, LOL.

  • N71

    Best of luck Yogi and consider getting a TSA PreCheck pass so you don’t miss any of your upcoming flights.

  • Hoosier Hall

    This guy will play in the NBA. I have no doubt about that. His conditioning is top notch, he’s not injury prone, he has the strength to compensate for his size and he can definitely shoot the ball. Yogi became a much better passer and leader his senior year.

  • Yogi is NBA caliber. He’ll work his way onto a roster soon enough. He’s too tough, strong, quick, and a great shooter. He’s better than Ulis, as he himself proved in March. Teams that are sleeping on this, that need a point guard…their loss.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I hope Yogi makes it to the NBA. I think if the right team picks him up and he finds his niche coming off the bench, he could do really well. I think that’s probably his ceiling though. I just have a hard time seeing him guard the NBA’s top 10 or 15 point guards night after night.

  • You have to love that guy.. I think he can play at the NBA level.. I hope he really shows them at his workouts..
    Thank you so much Yogi, for what you brought to Hoosier Nation the past four years..
    Good luck and I hope you absolutely ‘knock ’em dead’…

  • PV Mike

    There are so many teams out there with poor backup point guards. I think he is worth a mid to late 2nd round choice for some team. If he does not make it they can cut him.

  • Hoosier Fanatic

    I believe he will make a roster and become a leader just like he was last year here. They will probably be calling him a diamond in the rough, but Hoosier Nation already knows how special he is! Here’s to you Yogi, go show them.

  • VanPastorMan

    I am very proud that Yogi came to IU. He is a good example of a young man who keeps positive and looks forward.

  • ForeverIU

    HH not to criticize Yogi. You know from my other post how much I love the guy. But honestly, don’t you think he might be too one-dimensional of a player for the NBA? His big edge (not to say he’s not a smart player) has often been his physicality, quickness and staying power in games, not something he will stand out for in the NBA. Anyway, I would like nothing more than to see him find his dream career.

  • Outoftheloop

    Go for the gold Yogi!

  • Outoftheloop

    I understand your point, but no one in the NBA can guard those 10-15 elite scoring guards as it is. The point with a 24 second clock and 2-3 other talents playing with these elite guards who also need the ball and need to score, is can you just stay in front of them, get in the way, out work them and make them work on D because you can score!

  • Outoftheloop

    Actually each of those qualities is exactly what the NBA seeks and needs.

  • ManovSteelo

    He has all the physical tools (including height) to excel at the next level, but has yet to show the game to go with the tools he possesses. Not sure if it’s Crean’s system or Yogi’s lack of IQ, but he definitely doesn’t play NBA-style ball. Didn’t score at a high level consistently and didn’t get the assists he should have gotten nightly. If he can wow LAC at his workout and they take him at 33, he could learn how to play the position a little bit, in understudying CP3. That would be the best scenario for him. Otherwise, the fact that he wasn’t invited to the Combine is pretty telling. He definitely wasn’t an NBA player this time last year, and was seriously contemplating the leap. Had a better season as a senior and can’t get an invite. Any questions??