It took Yogi Ferrell 39 games to score more than 20 points in a single contest. It took him only two days to do it again.
Ferrell scored a game-high 24 points in Indiana's 90-74 win over Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon, giving him 50 points in his last two games. He scored a career-high 26 points Friday night against Samford.
"He played way more minutes than I would have liked today, but that's just the way it was," said Indiana coach Tom Crean. "He is continually trying to find what the game is giving his teammates, and then what the game is giving him. He's doing a great job of figuring out how to win each possession and how to get the best shot on each possession."
In his first two games this season, Ferrell scored a total of 28 points on 9-of-25 (32 percent) shooting. But in the last two games, Ferrell has started to figure out when and how to pick his spots.
He's hit eight 3-pointers in the last two games -- many of the pull-up variety -- and has looked comfortable doing so. Ferrell has gotten to the foul line 17 times in the last two games after getting there only eight times in the first two.
And Ferrell has had six assists in each of his last two games after recording only three in each of the first two.
Across the board, his numbers are better because his confidence is better. Ferrell always plays under control and has become this team's undeniable leader.
"Coach has kind of just been telling me not to rush anything," Ferrell said. "[He's telling me] to pick and choose my spots, not to force shots. He's saying I don't have anything to prove with my outside shooting."
Ferrell's court vision, passing ability, and leadership qualities have always been there in some form or another. But Ferrell's improved jump shot is something the Hoosiers will really need down the road.
Through four games, Ferrell is 11-of-27 from beyond the arc. Everyone else is 9-of-39.
This team doesn't have a surplus of outside shooters. Ferrell has the potential to be Indiana's best one.
"He's going to be as great as his leadership allows him to be," Crean said. "There are going to be some nights that he's not going to make shots. There are going to be some night that's he doesn't get a ton of shots. He's got to have the same disposition. He's got a very, very high level disposition on both ends of the court right now."