Yogi Ferrell

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Yogi Ferrell
Yogi Ferrell coming onto the court 2013-14.png
No. 11 – Dallas Mavericks
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1993-05-09) May 9, 1993 (age 24)
Greenfield, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Park Tudor (Indianapolis, Indiana)
College Indiana (2012–2016)
NBA draft 2016 / Undrafted
Playing career 2016–present
Career history
2016 Brooklyn Nets
2016 Long Island Nets
2016–2017 Long Island Nets
2017–present Dallas Mavericks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Kevin Duane "Yogi" Ferrell Jr. (born May 9, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Indiana University.

Early career

Ferrell was ranked the number one player in his class as a fifth grader by Clark Francis in the controversial "Hoop Scoop" rankings in 2004. At the time, Ferrell was playing for Lakeside Elementary in Warren Township and a travel team sponsored by Adidas.[1] Just 10 years old and 4'10", Ferrell already had a crossover dribble, could hit a running jumper in the lane, and make one-handed bounce passes that hit teammates in stride.

High school career

At the conclusion of his high school career at Park Tudor School, Ferrell was rated the No. 19 player and No. 3 point guard in the class of 2012 by Rivals.com,[2] the No. 32 player by Scout.com,[3] and the No. 24 player and No. 3 point guard in the ESPNU 100.[4] He was rated best passer, best speed, and best point guard in Indiana by Rivals,[5] and the best player in Indiana in the November 2011 edition of Rick Bolus' High Potential rankings.[6]

In his junior year of high school, Ferrell averaged 18.5 points, 6.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game,[7] leading Park Tudor to a 26–2 record and the 2A IHSAA State Championship, recording 14 points, six assists and five rebounds in the championship game. The game, a 43–42 win over the Bishop Noll Institute, was played at Conseco Fieldhouse in front of 11,035 fans and a statewide television audience.[8]

"I like to think of myself as a leader on the court. I always give it 100 percent. I try to find different guys and give them the ball where they need it. I think I’m a true point guard, and I always want my teammates to be happy. I want to lead the team to victory every night, that’s the biggest thing."
—Yogi Ferrell, ESPNHS (November 16, 2011).[9]

In a summer game on August 8, 2011, Ferrell played in a nationally televised game at Adidas Nations in California and recorded 14 assists.[10] On November 8, 2011, Ferrell appeared on 'Guard Play with Kenny "The Jet" Smith,' where he got a lesson from the former NBA player and TNT analyst.[11]

In his senior year of high school, on March 24, 2012, Ferrell won a second 2A IHSAA State Championship and tied a championship game record with 12 assists.[12] He also contributed 17 points and nine rebounds, coming up just one rebound short of a triple-double. Ferrell finished his senior year averaging 18.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game, as the team went 26–2 during the season.[9] In the March 28, 2012 McDonald's All-American Game, Ferrell played 22 minutes and had a game-high eight assists with zero turnovers. He was the only player in the game with four or more assists and no turnovers.[13] Ferrell was Indiana Mr. Basketball runner-up behind Gary Harris.[14]

College career

On November 9, 2011, Ferrell signed a letter of intent to play for Indiana University, turning down offers from Butler, Florida, Virginia, and Wake Forest. Upon committing to Indiana he said, "The main goal I actually want to accomplish coming in to college is winning a national championship."[15] Ferrell was one of five players included in an Indiana University recruiting class ranked by Rivals.com as second in the nation for 2012.[16]

In his freshman year during the 2012–13 season, Ferrell was described as running the offense "with the focus of a surgeon" while playing tenacious defense.[17] According to Indiana head coach Tom Crean, "He's wiser than his years. He's at his best in big environments."[17] His team finished the regular season as outright Big Ten champions. Ferrell finished the season averaging 7.6 points, 4.1 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in 28.1 minutes per game.[18] He also shot 40.3% from the field and 79.8% from the free throw line. His 132 single-season assists by a freshman ranked among the top two in the Indiana record book.[19] He was honored with a spot on the Big Ten's All-Freshman Team by the coaches and All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors from the media.

Ferrell continued to excel in his sophomore year, leading the team in scoring (17.3 ppg) and assists (3.9 apg). He had another strong shooting year, hitting 41.3% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc.[20] At the end of the season, Ferrell was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team by the coaches and media.

During his junior season, Ferrell continued to move up in the record books. His active streak of making at least one three-pointer in a game extended to 65 straight games, which stands as the longest active streak in the nation. He joined the 1,000 points scorers' club early in the season, and he finished with 1,379 points (22nd on the all-time leading scorers list at IU). Ferrell made an impressive jump on the all-time leading assists list with his total at the end of the season coming to 438 (sixth on the all-time assist list at IU). He also joined the elite club at IU in which only five Hoosiers have 1,000 career points, 400 career assists and 300 career rebounds. Ferrell was also the first player to lead the team in points and assists in back-to-back seasons since Isiah Thomas did it in 1981.

In his senior year, Ferrell continued his record-breaking legacy. On January 19, 2016, he broke the all-time assists record at Indiana University when he made his 546th career assist while facing off against Illinois' Fighting Illini.[21] On February 1, he was named one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.[22] He was named to the 35-man midseason watchlist for the Naismith Trophy on February 11.[23]

College statistics

2012–13 Indiana 36 36 28.1 .403 .303 .798 2.8 4.1 .8 .2 7.6
2013–14 Indiana 32 32 33.8 .413 .400 .824 3.0 3.9 .8 .0 17.3
2014–15 Indiana 34 34 34.9 .439 .416 .860 3.2 4.9 .7 .0 16.3
2015–16 Indiana 35 35 34.7 .458 .420 .829 3.8 5.6 1.1 .0 17.3
Career 137 137 32.8 .432 .399 .830 3.2 4.6 .8 .1 14.5

Professional career

Brooklyn Nets and Long Island Nets (2016–2017)

After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Ferrell joined the Brooklyn Nets for the 2016 NBA Summer League.[24] In four games for the Nets, he averaged 8.8 points, 1.8 assists, 1.5 rebounds in 17 minutes per game. He shot 43.8 percent from the field, 18.2 percent on three-pointers, and 71.4 percent from the free throw line.[25] He signed with the Nets on August 5, 2016,[26] but was later waived on October 21, 2016 after appearing in three preseason games.[27]

On November 1, 2016, Ferrell was acquired by the Long Island Nets of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of Brooklyn.[28] He returned to Brooklyn on November 9,[29] and made his NBA debut that night, recording five points, three assists, one rebound and one steal in 14 minutes off the bench in a 110–96 loss to the New York Knicks.[30] On November 30, he was assigned to Long Island.[31] He was recalled on December 1,[32] reassigned on December 5,[33] and recalled again later that day.[34] On December 8, he was waived by Brooklyn after appearing in 10 games.[35] Two days later, he was reacquired by the Long Island Nets.[36]

Dallas Mavericks (2017–present)

On January 28, 2017, Ferrell signed a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks.[37] He made his debut for the Mavericks the following day, recording nine points and seven assists in 36 minutes as a starter in a 105–101 win over the San Antonio Spurs.[38] A day later, he scored a then career-high 19 points in a 104–97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.[39] On February 1, in a 113–95 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, Ferrell had 11 points and five assists in 38 minutes in just his third game with the team.[40] Two days later, he scored a career-high 32 points in a 108–104 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. He became just the third undrafted rookie in NBA history to have a 30-point game within his first 15 games, joining Connie Hawkins (twice) and Anthony Morrow. Ferrell, a 28 percent 3-point shooter coming into the game against Portland, hit nine three-pointers on 11 attempts,[41] which tied the record for made three-point shots in a game for an NBA rookie.[42] On February 7, 2017, he signed a multiyear deal with the Mavericks.[43][44] Deron Williams' return from injury on February 11 against the Orlando Magic meant Ferrell didn't start at point guard for the first time in eight games since joining the Mavericks. Despite coming off the bench, he was solid again with 10 points and seven of Dallas' season-high 32 assists in a 112–80 win.[45] On March 2, 2017, he was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in February. He led all Western Conference rookies in scoring (12.0 ppg), assists (4.7 apg) and minutes (31.5 mpg) in February.[46][47] At the season's end, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.[48]

On December 22, 2017, Ferrell scored a season-high 23 points in a 113–101 loss to the Miami Heat.[49] On January 10, 2018, he made seven 3-pointers and scored 22 points in a 115–111 win over the Charlotte Hornets.[50]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2016–17 Brooklyn 10 0 15.1 .367 .296 .625 1.2 1.7 .2 .2 5.4
2016–17 Dallas 36 29 29.1 .412 .403 .877 2.8 4.3 1.1 .2 11.3
Career 46 29 26.0 .406 .386 .831 2.4 3.7 .9 .2 10.0

Personal life

Ferrell is the son of Kevin Ferrell Sr. and Lydia Ferrell, and has one brother and two sisters.[51]


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External links

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
  • Yogi Ferrell at iuhoosiers.com
  • Yogi Ferrell at draftexpress.com
  • Undrafted to unbelievable, Yogi Ferrell's storybook NBA start
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