Ferrell, King named IU Athletes of the Year #iubb

Men’s basketball senior Yogi Ferrell and women’s swimming freshman Lilly King are Indiana’s Athletes of the Year, the school announced Monday.

Ferrell is the first Hoosier in the 21st century to win a pair of Big Ten basketball titles. King is an NCAA champion in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, the CSCAA National Swimmer of the Year, the unanimous Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and the conference’s rookie of the year, along with a list of other accomplishments.

“Yogi Ferrell and Lilly King are champions and record setters whose performances this past year make them more than worthy of joining the ranks of our legendary athletes who have earned our Athlete of the Year award,” IU athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement. “Reaching our highest athletic potential and winning championships is a top priority, and these great athletes who performed spectacularly for two of our most honored programs are tremendous representatives of our championship heritage. Congratulations to both Yogi and Lilly on being named IU Athletes of the Year.”

Ferrell continues to work out with NBA teams ahead of the June 23 draft. He left IU as the all-time leader in games played and started with 137, while setting a program record with 633 career assists.

As a senior, Ferrell averaged a team-best 17.3 points and 5.6 assists per game. He scored 25 points in IU’s Sweet 16 loss to North Carolina, moving into sixth place on the IU career scoring list with 1,986 points. Ferrell also finished his season with 195 assists, which were the second-most in a single season in program history behind only Isiah Thomas’ 197 in the 1980-81 season.

Ferrell earned All-American nods from the Associated Press, Sporting News, National Association of Basketball Coaches, USA Today, CBS Sports and through the Los Angeles Athletic Club/John R. Wooden Award.

“Yogi is leaving here as one of the great winners and there’s really no way anybody is going to be able to take that away from him,” IU coach Tom Crean said in a statement. “He won two outright championships in four years. And he leaves obviously with the accolades, was a part of our two Sweet 16s in the last four years. I think he’s one of the best — he’s definitely one of the best — defensive players I’ve ever had the privilege of coaching. He always set a tone with his work ethic here. He set a tone with how hard he practices. He set a tone with his competitiveness. He set a tone with his seriousness. And I think this year he absolutely set a tone with sharing his knowledge with his teammates and holding them more accountable along the way.”

King will compete in this month’s Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb. on the heels of an outstanding freshman season in Bloomington.

The Evansville native is the first Hoosier to be named the CSCAA National Swimmer of the Year and she became the first woman to win both the 100 and 200 breast at the NCAA Championships since 2009. In each of those two swims, King broke American, NCAA, NCAA meet, U.S. Open, Indiana, Big Ten and Georgia Tech Pool records. She is the first Hoosier to win multiple NCAA titles in one year since Jim Montgomery in 1976.

“Lilly King had one of the most impressive freshman seasons in NCAA history,” IU coach Ray Looze said. “The best part about Lilly is how good of a person she is on a daily basis: team oriented, competitive, and she always puts the team goals ahead of individual ones. She has a very bright future and significant room to improve. It will be exciting to see where she can take her swimming career at Indiana.”