Yogi Ferrell named McDonald’s All-American

Indiana signee and Park Tudor point guard Yogi Ferrell was named a McDonald’s All-American on Thursday becoming IU’s 26th recruit to earn the honor.

Ferrell was one of two players from the state named as a participant in the game. The other is Gary Harris of Hamilton Southeastern, who chose Michigan State ahead of Indiana, Purdue and Kentucky.

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McDonald’s All-American status was not something Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell ever held up as a goal, at least not vocally. When he spoke of his aspirations, his father Kevin Sr. said, he usually talked about winning a state championship at Park Tudor or simply about improving at the fundamentals of his game. But about a week ago, when Ferrell brought home the ball that each McDonald’s All-American gets when selected, it was obvious what it meant to him.

“When he received his ball at Park Tudor, first thing when he walked in the house, he brought the ball in his hand, he walked right up to me and said, ‘Here, dad,’” Ferrell Sr. said. “He said he’d sign the ball for me, and that it was mine. From that aspect, I think he was proud. Not for what he’s accomplished, but it seemed like he was just proud that he was able to give that to his dad.”

The McDonald’s All-America rosters were made public Thursday and Ferrell is part of the West team. He becomes the 18th player in Indiana history to be named to the team. It’s the second straight year Indiana has had a player in the game with forward Cody Zeller making the squad last year. The game will be held March 28th at the United Center in Chicago.

Hamilton Southeastern’s Gary Harris, a former Indiana target who signed with Michigan State, is the only other player from the state to be named to the team.

“He’s definitely very excited about making it,” Ferrell Sr. said. “,.. I think a lot of people don’t really understand the magnitude of what you’re taking about when you say he’s a McDonald’s All-American kid. It’s a tribute to his dedication and his hard work that he still has He’s excited, he wants to be in that elite status. He’s always wanted to be great within himself, even as we went through this process. It was never about being a McDonald’s All-American or going to the Top 100 camp. He just keeps working hrder and getting better.”

Ferrell, who committed to the Hoosiers in November, 2010 and signed last November, is the No. 15 rated recruit in the Class of 2012. The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder took Park Tudor to the Class 2A state championship last year after leading them to the title game the season before.

The younger Ferrell credits his father for most of his success for pushing him when he was younger, but the elder Ferrell admits he doesn’t have to push much anymore.

“The kid is focused,” Ferrell Sr. said. “That’s what I can say about him. He’s still in the gym. It feels good I’ve been able to cut that leash and not have to say anything to him. He understands life to the degree to which he understands this is about what he wants. It used to be his dad said ‘we’re going to the gym whether you like it or not.’ Now he’s just going to the gym whether he likes it or not. That’s the beautiful thing about what he’s doing.”

5 comments

  1. Congrats Yogi! I wonder if this team (and honor) will someday be changed to “Sub-Way All-Americans” for their purported healthier food choices? 🙂

  2. Great job Yogi – looking forward to a great career at IU. However, if you really want to be a Bloomington legend like me you’ll aspire to “Hinkle’s All American” status. This can only be achieved by consuming mass quantities of the best cheeseburgers on earth. After your playing career is over, hopefully.

  3. Yes, a true, high quality point guard. It could mean almost as much for the future of Hoosier basketball as Cody Zeller does this year. It will be fun to watch the two of them next year.

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