McDonald's: Yogi Ferrell Spotlight

Yogi Ferrell has now won two state titles, is a McDonald's All-American, and a huge key to the revival of Indiana basketball.

It has been a busy week for Yogi Ferrell. The future Indiana Hoosier won his second state title in as many years on Saturday and then hopped right in a car and drove to Chicago for the McDonald's All-American Game.

Leading Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor to unprecedented levels is nothing new for Ferrell. They have now made three trips to the state finals winning the last two. However for Ferrell he says the feeling of repeating as state champs hasn't even set in yet.

"It hasn't really hit me yet I can't lie," said Ferrell. "I came here the night we won the title. I can say it was a great feeling and that is exactly how I wanted to leave."

One thing that is beginning to set in is the thought that he is and always will be known as a McDonald's All-American.

"I am making new relationships and it is a lot of fun going out there competing against these guys," said Ferrell of the experience. "All of them are really long and talented. It is kind of tough, but to be in this and to be able to tell people when I am older that I was a McDonald's All-American."

Up next for Ferrell is attending Indiana. A team in need of an athletic point guard who can push the pace, Ferrell knows the opportunity is there as long as he works hard.

"It just shows all of the hard work is paying off," said Ferrell of attending Indiana. "I want to be that guy to bring IU back to its greatness. That is what I want to do going in."

For Ferrell he knows there will be some pressure on himself and his classmates who are a part of a top three recruiting class, but that isn't something he is focused on.

"I try not to think too much about it," explained Ferrell. "I know I will be working on my game and listening to the coaches. I don't listen to anybody else. I just want to work as hard as I can to help us win."

One thing that is good for Ferrell and the class of 2012 is the success the team had this year. Making it to the Sweet 16 was a great accomplishment, and Ferrell says he is hoping to help build on this year's success.

"It's great that people saw how far they made it this year," said Ferrell. "I know a lot of people thought we would come in and that is when it would happen, but everybody saw how good they were this year and I hope we can make it further, all the way to the Final Four."

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