Yogi Ferrell signs summer league deal with the Brooklyn Nets

  • 06/24/2016 9:18 am in

After not being selected in Thursday’s NBA draft, it appears Yogi Ferrell will get an opportunity to play his way into the league with the Brooklyn Nets.

Ferrell’s mother, Dr. Lydia Ferrell, tweeted early Friday morning that the “Brooklyn Nets will soon see that they have a gem. Yogi will continue to rise to the top! Yogi NEVER disappoints!”

Undrafted free agents typically sign deals to play in the summer league with the hopes of securing an invite to training camp in the fall.

Brooklyn opens summer league play on July 9 in Las Vegas. The Nets finished last season just 21-61 and are in the midst of a major rebuild.

The Nets, using the No. 20 pick acquired in a trade that sent Thad Young to the Indiana Pacers, selected Michigan’s Caris LeVert in the first round of Thursday’s draft. Brooklyn also drafted Seton Hall’s Isiah Whitehead in the second round with a pick acquired from the Utah Jazz.

More importantly for Ferrell, Brooklyn’s point guard situation is far from settled.

The team holds a $6.3 million option on Jarrett Jack while Shane Larkin has a player option for $1.5 million. Donald Sloan is a free agent.

The Nets might have the most cap space available of any NBA team this offseason at more than $55 million.

Ferrell, a unanimous all-Big Ten selection as a senior at Indiana, averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds over 137 career games for the Hoosiers.

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  • MilliBonilla

    Whitehead is from Brooklyn but was drafted by the Jazz…

  • BenJW

    Traded during the draft to the Nets

  • Gregory Spera

    Shane Larkin is even smaller than Yogi.

  • TN Hoosier

    Go get ’em, Yogi!

  • sarge

    I think Yogi can outplay any of the names listed as competition for PG in Brooklyn. Show them how to ball YF!

  • calbert40

    I don’t get the NBA. So, Yogi is too small at 6’0″, but Kay Felder, who is listed at 3 inches shorter, played against far inferior competition and isn’t quite as strong gets drafted, because he’s “so quick.”

    And Jackson and Ulis falling to the 2nd round…I just don’t understand the NBA. One would think a PG who could push tempo would be one of the most valuable commodities, yet it never translates to the draft that way.

  • Stromboli

    Good for Yogi. I hope he steps in and runs the team for them. Not a bad situation at all.

  • robmac10

    I was just as confused when they were all “gushing” (I say that loosely) about Felder. They kept calling him a bullet and that he had some size to him to stand up to the NBA game (to be fair he is quite stockier than Yogi). But when I saw that pick, I was like why wouldn’t you take Yogi if 1. you clearly don’t mind the lack of height, and 2. you want a quick-paced guard who can command the floor? Yogi has shown plenty of times that he can blow by defenders. Didn’t understand that, but hey it’s been shown that picks can mean nothing and the best will flourish regardless.

    I fully feel Yogi will show how good he is and how wrong the experts were about him. Hoping he kills it in the summer.

  • John D Murphy

    Yogi might have been above Felder on 29 team’s boards. It is not a consensus. Being a 2nd round prospect is tricky business. Yogi picked a good place to try summer league. Now he just has to dominate. Averaging 6 /2 /2 doesn’t get him in the league. He needs to pull close to an Ian Clark (mvp) and prove he should have been drafted.

  • inLinE6

    “The team holds a $6.3 option on Jarrett Jack” – missing a few zeros lol. Otherwise I’d buy him out to teach my son basketball.

  • calbert40

    I understand that, but as Robmac was discussing on this thread, the analysts were positively gushing over how fast Felder is. I just don’t get it. No way is he a better player than Yogi.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    Good luck YF! if Trey Burke found a home in the NBA no doubt you will too!!

  • Guyton25

    This I will never grasp…. how does Yogi Ferrell go undrafted..? All-around good player with several unique perks (passing vision, stop on a dime jumpshot, great speed, consistency, and a great 3-point shooter with a quick shot). I’d be shocked to see him undrafted in any draft, but now-a-days in the NBA they loves guys like Yogi.

    He’ll be playing this season. There’s no doubt in my mind about that. I’m just hoping Troy goes to the D-League and kills it next season and then finds a good fit in a NBA team.

  • Piker

    Troy signed a summer league deal with the Phoenix suns.

  • Good for him. I knew he’d find a spot, one way or another. The simple fact is that he’s a better player than most of those taken in the second round, ESPECIALLY all the guards and the non-entity freshmen/sophomore forwards.

    I posted this minor rant on another thread, but it probably belongs here more than there:

    NBA thinking on Yogi was really stupid and contradictory. He was the best PG out there, better than Yulis and Felder, and taller than both. And arguably better than Paige, who is only an inch or two taller. The fact that he was a senior was also somehow used against him, which is beyond moronic. The last group of players taken in front of Yogi was full of players inferior to Yogi, so it also contradicts that teams take players based on overall talent levels available. I understand why Troy wasn’t drafted, but what bone-headed decisions not to take Yogi. Just really dumb, and all the reasons given are self-contradictory. There was just a dumb prejudice against him, for no good reasons. And no, being a senior is absolutely not a good reason to not draft someone. (What moron came up with this idea, anyway? And why the lemming-like conformity on this “principle”?) He’ll make a roster somewhere and will outplay most of those who were drafted this year. Not all players must be 6-10 with an 8-foot wingspan, and be 19 years old. The groupthink on display last night by NBA teams was really quite amazing. I feel bad for Yogi, who is a much better player than a lot of those “kids” taken in the second round. It made no sense. If it’s a height issue, then explain that for the above mentioned PG’s. If it’s age, then explain that for other seniors taken (as if that’s actually a good and rational reason). As for overall quality of the player…just please.

  • there you go with that “logic” stuff again.

  • MPmike B

    Yogi is going to be in the league (NBA) for 10+ years. He has already proven that he is a winner in each level of play, and he knows what it takes to compete against the best and hold his own.

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  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Well… it’s not as good as being drafted, but dammit, he’s at least been signed. That’s a start.

    I hope he succeeds. I want him to succeed. But I have to admit, I don’t like how the odds are stacked in front of him. It’s easy to go unnoticed when you’re not a drafted player, and add to it some coaches and front offices underrating a guy because he doesn’t meet certain measurables (ignoring the fact that others who got drafted have even lesser measurables *and* are less accomplished), you then have a perfect recipe for Yogi to slip between the cracks. Even if he plays to peak form.

    It’d be a sick tragedy if he didn’t stick. Yogi’s a great player to have on a team. I hope he gets into a situation where people look past his height and length and see the *player* he can be.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Well, maybe not JJack

  • E Foy McNaughton

    At least he landed with a team that truly needs a point guard. Also, regardless of the fact that Whitehead was drafted, I could see YF outplaying every other PG at their summer league. I could actually see him outplaying every single PG not named Dunn this summer. Wouldn’t that be a story! Go Yogi!!!

  • Hoosier Hall

    I agree. Yogi would’ve averaged 35 a game at Oakland.

  • Yes indeed. I also don’t see him being let-down over this. Pissed off is probably more accurate. I hope he’s already started grinding his ax.

  • marcusgresham

    The Nets are a dumpster fire. Hell, he may be the best player on their roster. lol

  • CreanFaithful

    I agree, but also understand why people might get excited about a guy that averaged 24 Pts, 9 Assists, and 2 steals per game last year.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    The Nets got Isaiah Whitehead in the draft. Hometown kid. Yogi has an uphill battle there. And he is very very far from being the best player obviously lol.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    And people don’t believe him as a good enough backup. But the Nets also have Isaiah Whitehead now.

  • Outoftheloop

    Good luck Yogi! You can do more at the Nets than just make the team. You can be a starter, a leader, a key franchise player if you give it the same work ethic that you did while at IU! Go for it!

  • Outoftheloop

    Whom would you pick, right now, to lead your Net team to some W’s: Yogi, Whitehead, Larkin, Jack, Sloan, etc.? I would pick Yogi and pair him with Jack and Whitehead! Yogi has been leading good basketball teams since age 12 as the PG and leader! He has 2 championships in IN HS and 2 championships in the B1G under his belt! He can do it!

  • Outoftheloop

    Most NBA observers agree that picking your team out of all interested suitors via free agency is better than being drafted by 1 team over #45.

  • marcusgresham

    Well, obviously I was kidding….but the Nets DO suck

  • I am Baby Cakes

    I’d pick Jack and Whitehead. Jack is a veteran. Whiteside has the potential.

  • ManovSteelo

    Only $500,000 is guaranteed. So if you can foot some of the difference, he probably would be available. BRN is not expected to keep him.

  • ManovSteelo

    Congratulations to Yogi for getting an invite to the Big Show — BRN is a great fit (they should have taken him at 55, to begin with). But to everyone out here who’s a Yogi fan and hopeful that he’s gonna come in and be the best summer league guy and the starter on Opening Night this season, I caution you to remember who he’s competing against at PG this summer: Whitehead, who is a Brooklyn guy and two years younger, with better size (two factors that NBA guys salivate over when evaluating players), and some kid who led the D-League in assists and steals last season. So it will be a challenge, for sure. PLUS, there’s no reason BRN doesn’t hit the FA market this summer and go get a proven vet like Conley or Jennings (they have $54M in Cap space to work with), so Yogi will have to bide his time before he can get significant PT).

    If he plays like Park Tudor Yogi (penetrating and finishing in the paint with runners and floaters), but with the experience he got at IU as a great mid-range shooter, leader and defender, he could do the impossible. But if he plays like he did as a senior at IU, he night not stick around too long. I hope he brings his best stuff, but not sure of he will maximize his opportunity and play his way to rotation status when the team breaks camp in October. Time will tell.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Calbert hello. Derrick Rose is a perfect example of what you said. Only played 50% of his contracted games and will test the free agency market for a huge contract going forward. I agree with you.Sorry so late to respond. Take care.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    With Whitehead , Josh Magette (d-league leader asst & steals) plus LeVert being a combo guard … Summer League min look slim for Yogi