Indy Guard Kevin Ferrell Visits Illinois

The Fighting Illini basketball team is evaluating a number of point guards in the class of 2012. One of the best resides in Indianapolis, two hours from Champaign. Yogi Ferrell is a dynamic athlete with tremendous potential, and he is being recruited by a number of top schools. He visited the UI campus recently.

Kevin Ferrell, known affectionately as "Yogi," is an explosive point guard from Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis. While his team struggled at times this past season, he led them to a tremendous finish.

"We went to state actually and made it to the state finals. We lost by three points in the final."

He missed a three to tie the game at the end, but he can afford to be patient with his high school dreams.

"It's all right, there's always next year. We're losing our two senior big men, but we've got some other guys coming in. So we'll be all right. I've actually got two years now, I can't wait."

Observation suggests he loves to penetrate.

"I really do. I love to get contact, and-ones and things like that. I realize that I can't go into those big trees, so I pull up for the jump shot."

His outside shot has been inconsistent in the past, but continued work shows progress.

"I've been doing a lot of repetitions of shooting, so I can knock it down when I shoot the ball."

Ferrell has explosive athleticism and quickness. He makes up for his 5'-10" height by playing big. He puts tremendous pressure on his defender with excellent ball skills. He sometimes falls in love with his dribble, but he can break down most defenders. And defensively, he loves applying tight man pressure.

He has a good feel for his strengths on the basketball court, and he describes them accurately.

"I'd say I'm a point guard that can push, kick out the ball when they need it. I can make other guys play well."

Ferrell is with his second AAU team, both at the 17 and Under level despite his youth. This year, he is the lead guard for Indiana Elite 1, a team that includes talented bigs Corey Zeller and Marshall Plumlee. They won the recent Spiece Run n' Slam tournament in Fort Wayne.

"This is actually my second tournament with this team. We played in Colorado and lost in the first round. It was a tough one. But we came back strong and we're winning right now, so it feels good.

"I played up my freshman year with the 17 and Under Indy Spiece Heat team with Marquis Teague and those guys."

He admits having inside strength makes his game easier.

"Yeah, I can just drive and kick to them. They can finish."

Ferrell is becoming a hot commodity. A number of top schools have already offered scholarships.

"So far, I've been offered by Illinois, Ohio State, Indiana, Butler, Virginia, Notre Dame and Washington. I'm gonna go on a lot of visits this summer."

He has begun to make those trips, visiting Illinois recently. He had positive things to say about Illini coach Bruce Weber.

"I like Weber. He came out to open gyms and showed me a lot of love. So I like them."

At this point, Ferrell is playing the field and is in no hurry to make a college decision.

"It's a little early. I'm just waiting out the process to see what other offers come in recruiting. I don't have any favorites right now."

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