Yogi Ferrell came onto Indiana’s campus as a big time freshman point guard with huge potential as a Hoosier. Ferrell was good, but did not have the explosive production or presence many might have expected. Much of that had to do with the presence of big time stars in the Indiana lineup and a fellow point guard, ball handler in the starting lineup. But with so many stars having left Bloomington, can Ferrell have a breakout sophomore campaign?
As a five star recruit, and the no. 2 point guard in the 2012 class according to Rivals, Ferrell had huge expectations. It was assumed by many that Ferrell would start over senior point guard Jordan Hulls for Indiana. But instead, the duo of diminutive point guards started all 36 games together. This led to Ferrell not having the ball as much as he probably would have liked, limiting the impact he could have, with a second point guard often on the court with him.
Ferrell still averaged 7.6 points and 4.8 assists in 28.1 minutes a game. But he was surely limited by how little he had the ball, considering all the other weapons Indiana had on the floor with himself and Hulls. When you have two lottery picks in Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller on the court, as well as Christian Watford and Hulls, shots are hard to come by. Ferrell was low on the totem pole in terms of who got the ball on offense, limiting the potential impact he could have.
Now, with Zeller, Hulls, Oladipo and Watford all gone, Ferrell will take on a much larger role with Indiana. He will be the point guard now and will have the opportunity to become the next star Indiana player with much more responsibility. Opportunity will be calling Ferrell, will he pickup?