A player to watch: Yogi Ferrell

Yogi Ferrell takes his 19.5 scoring average and 2-to-1 assist ratio on the road to New York City and the bright lights of Madison Square Garden beginning with tonight's game against Washington.

With each game this season we'll put the spotlight on an Indiana player that we believe is someone to keep an eye on for that particular game.

For tonight's game at Madison Square Garden against the University of Washington, we'll take a look at sophomore guard Yogi Ferrell.

A year ago, Ferrell wasn't really even a headliner when Indiana traveled to the Big Apple to play Georgia and Georgetown at the Barclays Center. With guys like Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls on the IU rosters, Ferrell was just another guy. He scored four points on 1-of-4 shooting against Georgia and had 14 against Georgetown with nine of those points coming from the foul line. He started but he was far from a focal piece.

The Yogi Ferrell that goes to New York a year later has a completely different role on this Indiana team. Last year, his scoring high was 19 points. This season he has scored 26 and 24 points respectively the last two games. In four games, he leads Indiana in scoring with a 19.5 points per game average. He has a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio (18-to-9), is shooting 46.1 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range and is averaging a team-high 29 minutes per game. Now the bright lights of Madison Square Garden could be the perfect stage for Yogi's coming out party. He's far from an unknown but college basketball fans across the country are about to find out just how much his role has changed since the end of last season. Will Yogi make it three games in a row with 20 points or more? Stay tuned.

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