Ferrell named NBA Western Conference rookie of the month for February

  • 03/02/2017 3:33 pm in

Former IU guard Yogi Ferrell, signed by Dallas out of the Development League in late January, was named the Kia Western Conference NBA rookie of the month for February on Tuesday.

Ferrell originally signed a 10-day contract with the Mavericks on Jan. 28, but agreed to a two-year deal on February 7.

In 14 games with Dallas, Ferrell is averaging 12.2 points, 5.1 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 32.3 minutes. Ferrell has started 11 times and the Mavericks are 8-6 with the Indianapolis native on the roster.

Ferrell scored a career-high 32 points in a 108-104 win at Portland on Feb. 3. He hit nine 3-pointers in the game, joining Stephen Curry, James Harden and Isaiah Thomas as one of four players to make nine 3-pointers in an NBA contest this season.

After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Ferrell appeared in 10 games to begin the season with Brooklyn before being sent to the Long Island Nets in the D-League.

For Long Island, Ferrell averaged 18.7 points, 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds in 35.7 minutes per game. He was named a D-League all-star.

Ferrell won two outright Big Ten titles in four seasons at Indiana and left Bloomington as the program’s all-time assist leader and No. 6 on the all-time scoring list.

(Photo credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)

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  • Speed

    Way to go Yogi!!!! Nice to have a feel good story!

  • NC Hoosier

    Can’t wait to show this to my nine year old son. He thinks Yogi hung the moon.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I do too.

  • IULore

    Great ambassador for the program

  • AndyCapp

    I STILL do… he’s the glue that holds teams together

  • Dunkin’ Depot

    You mean he didn’t?

  • Piker

    Yogi keeps getting it done. Is it any wonder why we made it to the sweet 16 last year. We had a guy who took over the game when it counted. The loses this year late in the game would not of happened if Yogi was here. He just would not of let it happen. Hopefully a new Yogi emerges.

  • TomJameson

    Yogi Ferrell is a great success story. What an inspiration he is. I can’t wait for the book to come out. 🙂

  • TomJameson

    Alex, I’m sure I speak for most when I say thank you for keeping us all up to date on all the IU basketball alumni. I really appreciate the updates on the ex-players, probably as much as I enjoyed watching them develop through their IU careers.

  • BannerOrBust

    I’m really happy for Yogi! He’s going to be in the league for a while.

  • INUnivHoosier2

    Wow, that is awesome!

    It’s always good to see stories where someone stuck with it and it paid off. Even better that it’s a person we were already rooting for.

  • John D Murphy

    First congrats to Yogi. Second, in keeping with just how cool he is, Dirk posted a tweet that I think was a link to a blog after YF’s first two games in Dallas “Yogi. Who is Yogi” with a link. This was before the big game that got him his contract. Very cool to do for a guy on a 10-day by one of the all time greats.

  • jozink

    Go Yogi!