High-SchoolIndiana: Yogi Ferrell


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Today: The five best NBA players ever to come out of Indiana.

Yogi Ferrell, Ronnie Johnson and Gary Harris are all standout basketball recruits who are likely headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. Indiana has sent its share of school players to the NBA. But who’s been the best? Here’s our list of the five best players from Indiana to play in the NBA.

5. Zach Randolph
Once regarded as a stick of dynamite just waiting to explode, Randolph has matured into one of the NBA's better big men. The 6-foot-9 power forward started his career at Marion, then played a year at Michigan State before becoming a first-round draft pick of the Portland Trail Blazers. Z-Bo has posted five straight seasons of 20 points per game, and he's also recorded double-digit rebounds seven times. He was an NBA All-Star in 2009-10.
4. Eric Gordon
Gordon was a great high school player at North Central, even being featured on the cover of ESPNHS Magazine as a senior in 2006-07. He stayed home for college, playing one year at Indiana (20.9 points per game) before being drafted seventh overall by the Clippers in 2008. He's averaged at least 16 points per game in each of his three NBA seasons, including a career-high 22.3 last season. Gordon was recently traded to the New Orleans Hornets as the centerpiece in the Chris Paul deal.

3. Glenn Robinson
"The Big Dog" has to go down as one of the most efficient scorers in NBA history. He was unstoppable at Roosevelt High School in Gary, he was unstoppable at Purdue. and he was unstoppable during his peak in the NBA. Robinson was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1994 draft, and he went on to average 20.7 points per game for his career.

2. Clyde Lovellette
A Hall of Famer, Lovellette started out at Garfield High School in Terre Haute. The 6-foot-9 forward played his college ball at Kansas before being drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1952. In 11 NBA seasons, Lovellette averaged 17.0 points and 9.5 rebounds, including five seasons of 20-10 production. A four-time All-Star and three-time NBA champions, Lovellette was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988.

1. Larry Bird
Bird is always in the discussion for "Greatest Player of All-Time," as he excelled in every aspect of the game. Famously from French Lick, he played his high school ball at Springs Valley and took Indiana State to the NCAA title game in 1979. When he finally left the state, he led the Boston Celtics to three NBA championships, won three MVP awards and made 12 All-Star games. For his career, Bird averaged 24.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. And he's rightfully regarded as one of the best passing big men of all time, as the 6-foot-9 forward averaged 6.3 assists for his career. He also did this. And this. And this.

Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.

Five Days of List-Mas: IN's A-List

December, 12, 2011

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Whether you're putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you're making that special list for Santa, there's nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we're bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: Indiana's A-Listers

What is an A-Lister? In Hollywood, it's the George Clooney and Julia Roberts crowd. In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. The A-List is the best of the best. So which athletes can be considered A-Listers in Indiana this year? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state.

Yogi Ferrell, Senior
Park Tudor, Basketball
Credentials: Rated the No. 3 point guard in the country by ESPNU. Averaged 18.5 points and 6.6 assists while leading Park Tudor to a state championship last year.

Gary Harris, Senior
Hamilton SE, Basketball/Football
Credentials: ESPNHS All-State selection for football and basketball; rated the No. 10 basketball player in the country by ESPNU. Committed to Michigan State for hoops.

Gunner Kiel, Senior
Columbus East, Football
Credentials: Won Gatorade State Player of the Year after passing for 2,517 yards and 28 touchdowns. Rated the No. 2 quarterback in the country by ESPNU.

Jason Tsirtsis, Senior
Crown Point, Wrestling
Credentials: Ranked No. 1 nationally in his weight class, with three individual state championships so far; 42-0 last year.

Futsum Zeinasellassie, Senior
North Central, Cross Country/Track
Credentials: Three-time state cross country champion; won Nike Cross Nationals this season.

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The top underclassman football players from Indiana.

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Indiana hoops 1Stephen Hill/ESPNHSRon Patterson, Jeremy Hollowell and Yogi Ferrell (left to right) are three of the top seniors in Indiana.
This story originally appeared in the Holiday issue of ESPNHS magazine’s Indiana edition.

Indiana University pulled off a recruiting coup this year, getting commitments from four of the state’s top seniors — three of whom are ranked in the ESPNU 100. It’s a group that should form the foundation of IU coach Tom Crean’s rebuilding effort and at press time was the No. 8 class in the country according to ESPN.

When the four players realized they were all committed to the same college, they had an idea: Why not team up on the AAU circuit and find out what it’s like to play together a year early? They all play different positions and wanted to get their chemistry right before setting foot on campus, so seniors Hanner Perea, Jeremy Hollowell, Yogi Ferrell and Ron Patterson joined forces on the Indiana Elite squad and used the summer season as a preview of things to come.

The results were encouraging, as the players came together and notched some impressive wins, including a trip to the semifinals at the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas.

Meet the Indiana Class of 2012.

Yogi Ferrell
School: Park Tudor // Position: Point guard // Ht/Wt: 5-11/170
ESPNU 100: 33 // Committed to IU: Nov. 24, 2010

Ferrell on the type of player he is: “I like to think of myself as a leader on the court. I always give it 100 percent. I try to find different guys and give them the ball where they need it. I think I’m a true point guard, and I always want my teammates to be happy. I want to lead the team to victory every night, that’s the biggest thing.”

Out of the four, Ferrell and Hollowell have known each other the longest (since third grade), so here’s Hollowell’s take on Ferrell: “He’s a great player. He has that fight in him, like you know he’s never gonna give up. He’ll do whatever it takes to win. He’s a real good point guard. I think playing together over the summer really helped us, and it probably helped him the most. We got our chemistry down, and Yogi knows where to get us the ball.”

Ferrell on what he wants to accomplish at IU: “The goal is definitely to win a national title. I’ve won a state championship [Ferrell scored 14 points to help Park Tudor defeat Bishop Noll, 43-42, in last year’s 2A title game], so that’s on the list. We know we’re part of rebuilding one of the best programs in the country, and we want to get it back to that spot. We want to be a top 10 team every year, one of those programs that you know is going to be good every year. The four of us, we can accomplish that.”

Year // Points // Rebounds // Assists // Team Record
2010-11 // 18.5 // 3.1 // 6.6 // 26-2*
*Won Class 2A state championship

TV show: “Chuck” // Movie: “Love & Basketball” // Music: Lil Wayne // Sneakers: adidas // Team: Los Angeles Lakers // Athlete: Kobe Bryant

Jeremy Hollowell
School: Lawrence Central // Position: Small forward // Ht/Wt: 6-8/210
ESPNU 100: 58 // Committed to IU: March 24, 2011

Hollowell on his game: “I’m a versatile player. I can play inside and out, shoot the 3, post up — a little bit of everything. Small forward is my primary position, but I can go down to the 4, play the high post. It just depends on how the defense plays me. I’m most comfortable out on the wing.”

Ferrell on Hollowell’s personality: “Jeremy is a mellow dude, 24/7. He’s just chill, on and off the court. He’ll make a big play and just have the same mellow look. He’s always the same.”

Hollowell on why he chose IU: “My early favorite was Ohio State, but as the process went on I started hearing from different schools. Indiana really stood out to me because of how hard Coach Crean recruited me. With other schools, it was mostly the assistant coaches recruiting me, but for Coach Crean to recruit me, it seemed like he really wanted me. It’s a rebuilding program on the way up, and it looks like we can do something special there.”

Hollowell on playing Patterson’s Broad Ripple team this season: “We play Ron in February. I’m sure there’s gonna be some trash talking. Whenever we go up against each other, you gotta win to get your bragging rights. So it’s definitely gonna be a fight, that’s for sure.”

Year // Points // Rebounds // Blocks // Team Record
2010-11 // 18.9 // 7.1 // 1.4 // 15-10

TV Show: “Everybody Hates Chris” // Movie: “Friday After Next” // Sneakers: adidas & Nike // Team: Oklahoma City Thunder // Athlete: Derrick Rose

Hanner Perea
School: La Lumiere // Position: Power forward // Ht/Wt: 6-8/215
ESPNU 100: 47 // Committed to IU: Oct. 31, 2010
Stephen Hill/ESPNHSIU recruits Ron Patterson, Jeremy Hollowell, Yogi Ferrell and Hanner Perea
Hollowell on Perea’s transition to the U.S. (a native of Colombia, Perea moved to America at age 15): “He just likes hanging around with the guys. I think basketball is a real key to how he bonds with people. Coming here and being friends and hanging out, I think that was really helpful to him. And just to get a feel for how we live, that had to help. The basketball is what he’s used to.”

Perea on his style of play: “I’m still learning. The way I play is around the basket. I’m learning how to be more of a physical player, on offense and defense. Basketball is different here — much more physical. It’s not like that in Colombia, so I am trying to learn that way. I’m also trying to play more on the perimeter, improving my dribbling and shooting. But right now I am playing around the basket.”

Perea on his decision to attend IU: “I’ve been playing with Yogi on Indiana Elite for a long time — since I got here. Yogi and I did talk about it, but Jeremy and Ron did it apart. So I was kind of surprised when they said they were going, too. I was happy when I heard. It’s going to be a great opportunity to win a national championship.”

Year // Points // Rebounds // Team Record
2010-11 // 14.5 // 12.0 // 14-9

TV show: “Family Guy” // Movie: “The Blind Side” // Sneakers: adidas // Musical Artists: Lil Wayne & Drake // Team: Miami Heat // Athlete: Dwight Howard

Ron Patterson
School: Broad Ripple // Position: Shooting guard // Ht/Wt: 6-3/200
ESPNU 100: Not Ranked (No. 20 SG) // Committed to IU: Aug. 15, 2010

Patterson on his playing style: “I play hard-nosed defense, and I never take plays off. I don’t let them score on me. I want to make key stops and rebound the ball. On offense, I like to get to the hole, and I can shoot the ball, too.”

Hollowell on Patterson’s personality: “Ron and I are pretty much the same person. He just likes to play basketball. He’s pretty laid-back and cool with everything when we’re hanging out.”

Patterson on what the foursome gained from playing together this summer: “We all knew each other from the AAU circuit, but it was a good experience. Now we know each other’s tendencies and what each of us can do for the team. And I think we grew together. We’re like a family now from playing together.”

Patterson on what he thinks this group can accomplish at IU: “We want to be one of the best teams in history. I want to go to the Final Four my first year there and win a championship as a freshman. That’s what we all want to do.”

Year // Points // Rebounds // Steals // Team Record
2010-11 // 18.0 // 6.1 // 3.0 // 20-3

Movie: “He Got Game” // Sneakers: Jordans // Team: New York Knicks // Athlete: Carmelo Anthony

All-State Hoops: Indiana

November, 8, 2011
See all 51 All-State teams.

With the 2011-12 hoops season set to tip off, ESPNHS has all the info you need on the top players in Indiana.

We’ve broken down the state’s top 20 players into four teams based on their talent, and included a whole lot of other players who just missed the cut. Keep in mind, these selections are based on past accomplishments and projected on-court performance in addition to recruit rankings.

For a list of the top senior basketball recruits in Indiana, click here.

Indiana All-State Basketball

First Team

G: Yogi Ferrell, Park Tudor, 5-11/170, Senior
Rated the No. 3 point guard in the country by ESPNU.

G: Gary Harris, Hamilton SE, 6-4/200, Senior
Two-sport star was also an All-State first team selection for football.

F: Jeremy Hollowell, Lawrence Central, 6-8/210, Senior
Versatile swingman can play either forward spot.

F: Hanner Perea, La Lumiere, 6-8/215, Senior
One of the best dunkers in the country; best to stay out of his way.

F: Glenn Robinson III, Lake Central, 6-6/185, Senior
Premier scorer is heading to Michigan next year.

Second Team

G: James Blackmon Jr., Bishop Luers, 6-2/175, Sophomore
Scored more than 20 points per game as a freshman.

G: Rapheal Davis, La Lumiere, 6-5/200, Senior
Transferred from South Side over the summer.

G: Ronnie Johnson, North Central, 5-10/160, Senior
Posted 13.5 points and 5.0 assists per game last year.

F: Devin Davis, Warren Central, 6-6/200, Junior
Could play multiple positions this season; a real matchup nightmare.

F: Tre Lyles, Arsenal Tech, 6-7/200, Sophomore
Physical power forward has pledged to Indiana.

Third Team

G: Kellen Dunham, Pendleton Heights, 6-4/170, Senior
Butler recruit can hit from long range (43 percent on 3’s last year).

G: Ron Patterson, Broad Ripple, 6-3/200, Senior
Athletic wing is one of Indy’s top defenders.

G: Bryson Scott, FW Northrop, 6-0/175, Junior
Natural scorer has already committed to Purdue.

F: Collin Hartman, Cathedral, 6-6/200, Junior
Looking to improve on last year’s 14.3 points, 7.9 rebounds per game.

F: DeJuan Marrero, Bowman Academy, 6-6/195, Senior
Used quickness inside to ring up 24 points, 17 rebounds per game.

Fourth Team

G: V.J. Beachem, FW Harding, 6-6/180, Junior
Notre Dame commit averaged 19 points per game last year.

G: Zak Irvin, Hamilton SE, 6-5/180, Junior
Will team with Gary Harris to form top wing duo.

G: Basil Smotherman, Lawrence North, 6-4/180, Junior
Scored 13.9 last year while hitting 52 percent of his 3-pointers.

F: Austin Burgett, Avon, 6-9/200, Senior
Skilled big man has committed to Notre Dame.

F: Tyler Wideman, Lake Central, 6-7/240, Sophomore
Skilled big man has committed to Notre Dame.

Other Top Players

Obij Aget, La Lumiere, C, Sr.
Tyler Alderman, Fishers, C, Sr.
D.J. Balentine, Kokomo, G, Sr.
Ronnye Beamon, Bishop Noll, G, Sr.
Jacobby Bledsoe, Hamilton SE, G, Sr.
Trevon Bluiett, Park Tudor, F, So.
Bo Calhoun, SB Washington, F, Sr.
Tyler Corley, Lawrence Central, G, Sr.
Jared Drew, Cathedral, F, Sr.
Richard Freeman, Lawrence Central, F, Jr.
Lucas Grose, Warsaw, F, Sr.
Eron Harris, Lawrence North, G, Sr.
Austin Hatch, FW Canterbury, F, Jr.
R. J. Hunter, Pike, G, Sr.
Patrick Ingram, North Central, G, Sr.
Demetrius Jackson, Marian, G, Jr.
Milos Kostic, Bishop Noll, C, Jr.
Darius Latham, North Central, F, Jr.
Jaquan Lyle, Evansville Bosse, G, So.
Matt O’Leary, Terre Haute North, F, Sr.
Nick Osborne, Muncie Central, F, Sr.
Taylor Rainey, New Palestine, G, Sr.
Mike Ramey, Southport, F, Sr.
Elijay Ray, Bowman Academy, F, Sr.
Joe Reed, Center Grove, F, Sr.
Kendall Rollins, Pike, F, Jr.
Brenton Scott, FW Northrop, G, Jr.
Edward Seay, Merrillville, F, Sr.
Jay Simpson, La Lumiere, F, Sr.
Anthony Swanigan, Pike, F, Sr.
Kellon Thomas, Southport, G, Sr.
Zavier Turner, Pike, G, Jr.