Ferrell makes it official, will return for senior season #iubb

Yogi Ferrell will aim for one final tournament run with Indiana.

The Hoosiers’ point guard announced through a press release Sunday afternoon that he will return for his senior year, likely making Indiana a top 15 team when the season begins in November.

Ferrell led Indiana with 16.3 points and 4.9 assists per game as a junior. In a statement provided by the university, Ferrell said he opted to remain in Bloomington after considering his education and future goals, while thanking academic advisor Marni Mooney and coach Tom Crean.

“At the end of the day, I have decided that it is in my best interests to continue my education, to build on my involvement in the community, and to improve my skills as a basketball player as a member of the 2015-16 IU Men’s Basketball Team,” Ferrell said.

Ferrell’s decision to stay means Indiana remains oversigned by one scholarship for next season after Thomas Bryant signed last week as the third member of IU’s 2015 recruiting class. At least one more roster move will have to be made during the coming weeks, but Crean will gladly welcome back his point guard to pair with Bryant, who is now rated as a five-star recruit in the 247 Sports Composite.

“We will always support Yogi in his career and life paths, and returning to Indiana affords him an opportunity to leave an indelible mark in the proud history of the Hoosier program,” Crean said. “More importantly, he will earn an IU degree to carry with him the rest of his life. His continued growth and development on the court will provide him longevity at the next level and a bright future.”

A first-team NABC and USBWA All-District selection, Ferrell ranks 22nd on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,379 points, sixth in career assists at 438 and fourth in three-point field goals with 193. All three of those totals will make him the Big Ten’s active leader in those categories entering his final season.

“Anyone who actually knows me knows that I am a fierce competitor,” Ferrell said. “I truly want to leave a legacy of accomplishments at IU, like the great IU legends of the past. I look forward to returning to IU to complete my undergraduate degree and to begin my graduate studies. And I plan to lead my returning teammates and our incoming players to our goal of achieving great things next year in Assembly Hall.”

58 comments

  1. Great news – this may be the start of a big year for us. But, a word of warning to those of you who may want to leave comments on “other” sites dedicated to IU basketball: twice today I’ve left comments including the words “Priller” and “Creaning” and they were deleted as inappropriate. Cheerleaders only, I guess.

  2. I’m am thankful for yogis decision to come back for his senior year. The biggest reason being is there are no excuses now. Crean can not constantly make excused due to lack of size or youth or lack of seniors. IU has the front court. They have the back court. They have shooting ability, athleticism, and talent. There are no excuses for Creans team not to compete for a Big ten title or national championship. This will be an extremely interesting year for Tom Crean and the future of the Indiana University men’s basketball program.

  3. Crean said, “More importantly, he will earn an IU degree to carry with him the rest of his life.”

    Oh, that’s right! This is supposed to be about education. What a novel idea. Maybe that’s one reason Crean is still IU’s basketball coach.

  4. If you think the first thing players think when they get a scholarship is “Oh boy ! I get a free education” you are as naive as a ten year old. Their first thought is more like “How fast can I get to the NBA ? “

  5. Next season looks to be very exciting!!! Indiana basketball has not been where we all would like in terms of wins. However, the academics of Crean’s Indiana teams has been outstanding. I am very proud of how Indiana basketball has improved in character, wins, and academics since the Sampson era.

  6. “I’m am thankful for yogis decision to come back for his senior year. The biggest reason being is there are no excuses now.”

    To each his own, but I am thankful because it makes IU a better team.

  7. LOL! I’ve been accused of being many things, but naive has never been one of them. Aside from missing the point of my email, your statement is a gross generalization. I believe the vast majority of college student athletes, even male student athletes, know when they sign their L.O.I. that they have little to no chance of becoming professional athletes, but appreciate the opportunity to extend their athletic “careers” while getting a “free” education. Often, a young person’s athletic ability allows them to get accepted into Universities that they would otherwise not be able to attend.

    I simply appreciate Crean, as a leader of young men, reminding people that their is value in his student athletes completing the academic work necessary to get their degrees. Ironically, the problem you mistakenly referenced in your post results from too few leaders of young men emphasizing the value of academic achievement.

  8. If it were possible and Coach Crean could somehow draft Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Micheal Jordan, LeBron James, and Karl Malone for the 2015 – 2016 basketball season … There would still be some people on this blog that would find something to be negative and critical about. I for one am excited about Yogi coming back … I am excited about what the coming basketball season has the potential to be and for what Indiana fans have the potential to enjoy … and I am excited that other 4 & 5 star players are starting to look at Indiana in the future for a possible place to play. By the way, there is some crow on the grill for those who said that no 4 or 5 star player would ever come to IU to play for Coach Crean. I know it is hard for you to admit it, but you were wrong … I an anticipating a great season for Indiana basketball … For me, it cannot get here soon enough.

  9. In a perfect world.There is not one kid who picks up a basketball in grade school who doesn’t have hopes and dreams of playing in the NBA. If you get an offer from a school like Indiana accomplishing that dream gets a big shot in the arm. For someone who likes to paint people with a broad brush, accusing me of ” Gross generalization ” is laughable.

  10. maybe we get lucky and brad stevens takes crean’s job this week. if it’s in the works it could not have been announced until the celtics season ended, which happened sunday. a boy can dream, right?

  11. “There is not one kid who picks up a basketball in grade school who doesn’t have hopes and dreams of playing in the NBA.” If you Google the term “gross generalization,” you might find that sentence listed as an example.

  12. IU FAN; Crean could recruit them BUT he would still find a way to muck them up. While fans of the MAJOR college basketball powers get excited with the recruits; they pin their hopes on the coaches to develop them into a “TEAM” ; a winning team. I don’t see ANYONE writing about hope and faith in CTC’s coaching to bring this “team” together. There in lies the core of whether this team can win or not. So far in past 2 years IVE not seen much development in the players. I think reason Yogi came back was in that hope Crean can deliver what he promised 3 years ago; and Crean’s poor coaching has created a regression of Yogi as a point guard.

  13. IU FAN in NC; your post #10 was right on the mark. There are a lot of “Debbie Downers” and people suffering from “Tom Crean Derangement Syndrome” (TCDS) posting negative comments on the Scoop. More and more, these blog sites are becoming sanctuaries for pessimists and miserable people. Some of these folks simply love to wallow in their pessimism. I guess the old saying, “misery loves company” is true, and believe that many of these IU “fans” would become suicidal if IU won an NCAA Championship under Crean. I mean, having no one to criticize and nothing to reinforce their pessimism, they’d be absolutely miserable. I have to laugh because even when the best possible news about IU Basketball is published, such as “Yogi Returning for His Senior Year,” or “Crean Signs a 5-star Big Man,” these “fans” do mental contortions in attempts to twist that news into something negative, as a means to justify their disdain and contempt for Crean. I find this behavior entertaining, kind of like watching other people’s children throw temper tantrums. And it is fun, for at least a while, to point out how completely ridiculous and wrong their pessimistic predictions were. So I encourage you, if you have the time, to roll up your sleeves and start serving up that crow by name. Until then, I share your optimism about next year’s men’s basketball team.

  14. TJ, I don’t know any IU fan who is satisfied with Tom Crean’s performance to date, but some of us are willing to remain optimistic when we receive good news. And we have received a lot of good news this week. We all know that to this point in his career, Tom Crean has not achieved the same level of success as those coaching at “the MAJOR college basketball powers.” But since none of those men are are going to be available to coach IU in the future, we have to hope that Tom Crean will evolve, improve and change as a coach, and that the result will be increased success for IU Basketball. Since you question whether “this team can win or not,” what level of success defines winning for you? Do you mean winning the Big Ten Championship, making it to the final four, or winning the NCAA Championship? What level of success will satisfy you?

    In fact, Crean has proven he can win. His IU team recently won the outright Big Ten Championship, something that no other coach had done in decades. One of his former teams made it to the final four. The number of active coaches that have lead teams to the final four is very small. But if you’re saying that Crean needs to win the NCAA Championship with this team in order to silence his critics and keep his job, then I suggest you’re setting the bar too high. Furthermore, if that is your expectation, I suggest no coach available to IU will be able to satisfy your standards until the coaches at those “MAJOR college basketball powers” retire. Questions remain about Tom Crean, but he’s IU’s best chance of returning to the ranks of “MAJOR college basketball powers.”

  15. TJ,
    Podunker suggests no coach could meet your expectations and Podunker knows all.. He wants to lower the bar of expectations at Indiana and his job is to nitpick any post that suggests otherwise. Lower your expectations and take what you are getting. The fact that you expect greatness Is flawed thinking according to ole Po. There must be something wrong you! Be careful TJ or you will end up on his enemies list if you’re not there already. Jimmy Carter always preached about lower expectations and he was the worst president EVER. Ole Po is in good company.

    t

  16. My expectations are not to watch teams that don’t need to look to the sideline for guidance. I’ve yet to see a Hoosier team under this coach that plays with a confidence that is anchored in early preparation…I’ve yet to see a team that gets better as the season grows closer to March Madness. It’s almost as if every season is sabotaged via confusion and gradual erosion of confidence due to opponents easily figuring out weaknesses in lack of game plans and halftime adjustments.

    Reasonable expectations don’t have to mean playing in Final Fours every other year. Reasonable expectations are based in having the essential X’s and O’s building blocks that can offer some inkling of hope that our success can grow beyond the individual talent components that so often appears stymied from synergy and unity…As these young men “learn” under Crean, it appears the only they truly gain is Crean’s expert counsel on their individual skill set as it applies to readiness for a next level. Those that don’t have any shot the ultimate NBA dream are forever on the Hoosier fence of being encourage to leave IU to claim the rest of their four years eligibility somewhere else. .

    There will always be a select number of top recruits that understand how Crean can pamper their way into the NBA. I’m not sure how many of them care about team success and positive progression to play better each game as a unit. When you have kids like Hulls and Yogi running things on the court, you’ll never be short of examples young men that play hard. There will always be a lot of knocking at the door with passionate kids that grew up under great high school traditions and coaching at the pre-college level…There will always be knocking at the door with select small subsets of talent that have the skills and athleticism to play at the next level….

    But what truly pushes the door down and allows teams to grow in confidence and evolve as cohesive and inspired units beyond their individual talent, is coaching. What makes teams play stronger(looking less to the sideline) as a season moves along is coaching. When our teams are on the cusp of moving into deeper brackets, the talent equation is not the major hindrance.

    And though basketball is a much more manageable talent equation than 60+ players that must make up a top performing college football team, you still can’t put a basketball coach with less coaching acumen than Doug Mallory and expect a high learning curve.

    If simply plucking the marginal NBA-worth talent, watching closely over kids so they stay on the right pathway in the classroom, and keeping a coach that will not get into trouble with the NCAA is where you find contentment, then why must it cost us so much? I thought the main reason to pay a coach big bucks is to acquire a level of teaching the game beyond being a glorified babysitter of beauty pageant NBA contestants. Nothing against nice uniforms and Adidas endorsements….But I’d like a team that can do more than look pretty in their outfits and sport impressive individual measurements/achievements…….. If that’s unreasonable expectations, then sign me up to the TCDS asylum. where I’ll watch Butler and ND play inspired team hoops without a micromanaging “coach” doing 40 minutes of contorting, pacing, huddling, jumping, and all other necessary body language without any teaching.

  17. oops..

    My expectations are to watch teams that don’t need to look to the sideline for guidance….

  18. I agree with Po and I agree with most of what the Lord of Ramblings have stated in the aforementioned post. But none of it matters because we have a solid team of talented players that should have a wonderful season that hopefully ends with a very deep run in the dance. It doesn’t matter because this is the team that is make or break for CTC, no excuses this time. We have the size this year, we have experience, we have a bench, and we will play a good pre season schedule. Good expectations or bad coaching, lower the bar or look to the sidelines, TCDS or 40 minutes of contortions? If we win and go deep in the dance CTC is here another 3 years minimum, if not he will be run out on a pole and we will start again.

  19. Nope…If you see a season go down to the tubes, losing 6 out of the last 8 regular season games(three straight losses at home), a double bitch-slapping from Purdue, and “tournament worthiness” for a storied basketball program hinging on beating a lowly Northwestern team in the opening round of the Big 10 tournament….? There should be no more excuses that can survive beyond that. We have been living the excuses from the “wreckers” to the ” everything hinges” years….We have been paying millions too long for excuses…There is no accountability for losses and underachieving from the supposed leaders…The buck is always passed and new talent is constantly sold as better than what’s pushed out the door. If you expect excuses to stop, then you are far more delusional than any accused and labeled as deficient of reason. Hoosier Basketball became an excuse village when they hired a babysitter with his might NBA connections to Doc Rivers instead of a coach. This man has been buying very expensive time. He is a master at it.