Indiana star point guard Yogi Ferrell’s Hoosiers career came to an end when his team lost to North Carolina in the Sweet Sixteen, but that didn’t stop him from taking to Instagram this morning and posting a heartfelt message of thanks to the fans that supported him for four seasons.
As I look back at the 4 years I have had at Indiana University, I can think about how Hoosier nation has treated me not only as a basketball player, but as a person as well. The love and support I have received these past 4 years have been something special and I’m forever grateful to have played for such a historic university. I gave everything I had all 4 years day in and day out because I wanted to learn, adapt, and grow. That’s why to come up short this year hurts but I’m proud of this team because we showed a will and resiliency that was unlike any other team I’ve played with. All the teammates I have had are my brothers for life and I am fortunate to have the friendships I have made. Through all the ups and downs I can say that I’ve become a better man and a better player. The best memories of my life have been playing for this university. I’m proud to say I am a Hoosier for life. #IUBB #11 #ForIndiana
A former McDonald’s All-American, Ferrell first came to Indiana in 2012 as a four-star recruit out of the Park Tudor School in Indianapolis. He was a raw talent, but improved every season he played under coach Tom Crean. To give a better idea, Ferrell shot 40 percent from the field and averaged 7.6 points per game as a freshman, and posted 17.3 points per contest while making 46 percent of his shots as a senior.
For his Hoosiers career, Ferrell averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists per game.
And just what’s next for Yogi Ferrell remains to be seen. He probably won’t be a first-round pick in June’s NBA Draft, and there’s a good chance he won’t be drafted at all. He’s on the smaller side at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, and doesn’t really project as much more than a shooter on the NBA level.
That could all change in the coming months, but one thing is certain. As he prepares to leave the place he has called home the past four years, Ferrell will do so as one of the most beloved players in Hoosiers history, and rightfully so.
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