NCB On The Trail: Yogi Ferrell

#AskCoachB: Hoosiers will get stronger

December, 16, 2013
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One of the glaring weaknesses with the Hoosiers this year is their lack of outside shooting. With the addition of top-100 players Robert Johnson and James Blackmon Jr., those concerns will eventually be gone.

Johnson is a terrific guard who can make shots, drive, defend and he makes solid decisions. Blackmon has range and accuracy from deep.

The only certain losses next year are the graduation of Will Sheehey along with Evan Gordon.

They should have an outstanding backcourt with the additions plus returning players such as Yogi Ferrell at the point. If the front-court returns Noah Vonleh Indiana could be the one of the favorites in the Big Ten and a top 25 team again on a national level.

#AskCoachB: Star power for Hoosiers?

November, 7, 2013
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When you say "big-name" players I am assuming you mean highly ranked prospects. When you look at the last few years the Hoosiers landed ESPN No. 14 Cody Zeller in 2011, No. 24 Yogi Ferrell in 2012, No. 13 Noah Vonleh last year, and are set to bring it No. 19 James Blackmon Jr. and No. 44 Robert Johnson in this year’s class.

Zeller commitment changed the program and gave the Hoosiers the No. 1 class. Ferrell kept that going. Now Vonleh is there to replace Zeller as the star power on the roster. Next year I would take Johnson and Blackmon against almost any guard combination in the class. In fact, IU beat out Kentucky for Blackmon, although the Hoosiers were beaten by the Wildcats for No. 7 Trey Lyles.

The highest-ranked players don't always pan out to be the best college players. Indiana has a roster full of very talented players -- they are just extremely inexperienced right now.

In recruiting you can't be concerned what others are doing as long you are getting who you want and what you need. There is no way to explain how each recruit makes his decision. I will tell you the dynamics of every prospect is so different, so what might be a good fit at Duke might not be as good at Indiana.

The Hoosiers are doing just fine landing big-name talent.

Notebook: Bruins host big visitor 

September, 20, 2013
Truth? It’s not a big campus visited weekend. Take a look at the pedestrian football schedule and you’ll see what I mean. However, there are a few stragglers on campus this weekend, some of which are crucial to a few programs this year and next.

Tom Crean talks Top 10 class 

November, 10, 2011
Indiana head coach Tom Crean announced the Hoosiers' 2012 signing class on Thursday.

The class, ranked No. 8 on, features ESPNU 100 recruits Yogi Ferrell (Greenfield, Ind./Park Tudor), Hanner Perea (Colombia/La Lumiere School) and Jeremy Hollowell (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) along with shooting guard Ron Patterson (Indianapolis, Ind./Broad Ripple H.S.) and center Peter Jurkin (Charlotte, N.C./United Faith).

"We believe this is a class that has an opportunity to develop into a very special group," Crean said. "They are dynamic competitors who bring explosiveness and energy immediately to the program. It will be exciting to help them develop and mesh over time. These young men are being coached and raised the right way. They have outstanding people helping them grow and when they get here, we will surround them with a group of coaches, staff and players that will hold them accountable to their respective talents."

"Even though our teams haven't been where we want them to be yet, this shows again, our program is in a great place."

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Recruiting Nation on ESPNU 

October, 20, 2011
ESPNU's Recruiting Nation will air on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET with ESPNU's experts covering basketball and football recruiting.

For the basketball coverage, host Dari Nowkhah will be joined by ESPN Recruiting Analysts Paul Biancardi and Dave Telep to discuss numerous topics. Included will be a feature on Indiana's third ranked 2012 class, headlined by ESPNU 100 point guard Yogi Ferrell (Indianapolis).

Recent highly regarded commitments will also be discussed, including Georgetown's landing of ESPNU 100 shooting guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis). A piece on the remaining uncommitted big men in the 2012 class will feature Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind.) and Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H.).

A round table discussion featuring Telep and Biancardi will also air.

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