Ferrell makes it official, will return for senior season #iubb

Yogi Ferrell will aim for one final tournament run with Indiana.

The Hoosiers’ point guard announced through a press release Sunday afternoon that he will return for his senior year, likely making Indiana a top 15 team when the season begins in November.

Ferrell led Indiana with 16.3 points and 4.9 assists per game as a junior. In a statement provided by the university, Ferrell said he opted to remain in Bloomington after considering his education and future goals, while thanking academic advisor Marni Mooney and coach Tom Crean.

“At the end of the day, I have decided that it is in my best interests to continue my education, to build on my involvement in the community, and to improve my skills as a basketball player as a member of the 2015-16 IU Men’s Basketball Team,” Ferrell said.

Ferrell’s decision to stay means Indiana remains oversigned by one scholarship for next season after Thomas Bryant signed last week as the third member of IU’s 2015 recruiting class. At least one more roster move will have to be made during the coming weeks, but Crean will gladly welcome back his point guard to pair with Bryant, who is now rated as a five-star recruit in the 247 Sports Composite.

“We will always support Yogi in his career and life paths, and returning to Indiana affords him an opportunity to leave an indelible mark in the proud history of the Hoosier program,” Crean said. “More importantly, he will earn an IU degree to carry with him the rest of his life. His continued growth and development on the court will provide him longevity at the next level and a bright future.”

A first-team NABC and USBWA All-District selection, Ferrell ranks 22nd on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,379 points, sixth in career assists at 438 and fourth in three-point field goals with 193. All three of those totals will make him the Big Ten’s active leader in those categories entering his final season.

“Anyone who actually knows me knows that I am a fierce competitor,” Ferrell said. “I truly want to leave a legacy of accomplishments at IU, like the great IU legends of the past. I look forward to returning to IU to complete my undergraduate degree and to begin my graduate studies. And I plan to lead my returning teammates and our incoming players to our goal of achieving great things next year in Assembly Hall.”

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Sig Ep holds off Black Key Bulls to win Little 500

There was no immediate celebration, no champion’s pose as he crossed the finish line.

Nick Torrance kept his fingers fixed to the handles of his bicycle, waiting for reassurance before he raised his arms and reveled in the moment.

That’s because the Sigma Phi Epsilon rider knew he had company in Spencer Brauchla of Black Key Bulls, who caught him coming out of Turn 4 on the final lap and made one late surge down the stretch. Their bikes shook as they pushed into their pedals over the final few feet, Torrance on the inside and Brauchla to his right, until Torrance sprinted through the finish line, looked up and saw joy.

“I was fairly confident, but I wasn’t super confident,” Torrance said of leading Sig Ep to its third men’s Little 500 win on Sunday afternoon. “Not confident enough to start celebrating. Then I looked around and saw our fans get really excited after they announced something. I couldn’t hear it, so I figured we won.”

He was right.

Sig Ep earned its first victory since 1999, but only barely. Torrance’s work on Lap 200 was enough to hold off Brauchla by a final margin of .024 seconds.

It was an exciting ending to a clean running of the 65th Little 500. Black Key Bulls, the defending champions, finished second and Beta Theta Pi came in third.

“Sig Ep just had a great run there in the end,” Brauchla said. (more…)


Michigan State-Indiana baseball twin bill


FINAL: MICHIGAN STATE 3, INDIANA 2. Spartans sweep the double header and take the series, improving to 25-17 and 9-6 B1G. IU 23-17, 6-10. Hoosiers got a leadoff double from Craig Dedelow to lead off their ninth. He went to third on a groundout, scored on another. But then the 18th strikeout of an Indiana hitter on the day ended it.

END EIGHTH: Michigan State 3, Indiana 1. Will Nolden had a one-out single for Indiana to go 3-for-3 for the game, but the only other Hoosier hit is Soers’ fifth-inning double. The Hoosiers then gave up an out to sacrifice Nolden to second and Rodrigue grounded out to end the inning.

END SEVENTH: Michigan State 3, Indiana 1. Hoosiers have gone out 1-2-3 in five of the seven innings in game two.

END SIXTH: Michigan State 3, Indiana 1. A relatively uneventful frame.

END FIFTH: Michigan State 3, Indiana 1. Cam Gibson, Kirk’s son, slammed a loonnnnnng homer to right leading off the Spartan fifth. Caleb Baragar’s day then ended after giving up consecutive singles to Ryan Krill and Mark Weist. Luke Harrison came on in relief for IU with two on and none out and snuffed the Spartans from there.

Indiana then got its first run of the day, and might have gotten more had not a very questionable infield-fly call been made by the base umpire.

Logan Sowers powered a leadoff double up the left-center gap and Nick Ramos was hit by a pitch. That brought up Isaiah Pasteur, who lifted a pop into left center that plainly was going to clear shortstop and fall in before the outfielder’s could get there. And it did. But the ump called infield fly after the ball hit the turf. Nobody had anything remotely resembling a routine play on the ball, which is what the rule requires. Without the call, IU would have had bases loaded with none out and, given how the ensuing at-bats went, it almost certainly cost the home team a run. As it was, Will Nolden’s ensuing single then scored one instead of two before Austin Cangelosi hit into a 3-6-3 double play.

TOP FIFTH: Michigan State 3, Indiana 0. Cam Gibson, Kirk’s son, slammed a loonnnnnng homer to right leading off the Spartan fifth. Caleb Baragar’s day then ended after giving up consecutive singles to Ryan Krill and Mark Weist. Luke Harrison came on in relief for IU with two on and none out.

END FOURTH: Michigan State 2, Indiana 0. Another fantastic play from IU junior Nick Ramos at short. Slides to get ball up the middle, throws from his knees for the out rob leadoff man Chad Roskelly. This hasn’t been a great day for the Hoosiers overall, so far, but the defense has been absolutely stellar except for one errant throw trying to complete a possible double-play in game one.

END THIRD: Michigan State 2, Indiana o: Will Nolden got IU’s first hit of the game, a lined one-out single to center, and second hit of the day. But he stayed at first.

END SECOND: Michigan State 2, Indiana 0. All the damage came after two outs and nobody on. Walk, single, then No. 9 hitter Kory Young laced a 2-run double to the left field corner. Game one’s No. 9 hitter for MSU, Dan Durkin, went 3-for-4 in the opener. Six Hoosiers up and six Hoosiers down so far. MSU lefty Jeff Kinley (2.81 ERA) has fanned 3 already.

END FIRST: 0-0. A truly spectacular 6-4-3 double-play, starting with an all-out dive and then flip by shortstop Nick Ramos, prevents a Michigan State score. The inning continued a day-long trend of MSU leadoff men reaching, this time on a bloop single over short from Cam Gibson. Gibson then looked picked off, but was ruled safe at second, even though the throw beat him there. And after Ryan Krill was hit by a Caleb Baragar pitch, Mark Weist smoked a grounder right up the middle. Ramos somehow snagged it, fully outstretched, and Casey Rodrigue made a great turn. IU then went out 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning, but with two lineouts, one of which required a superb diving catch in left by Gibson. He’s got good wheels, just like his dad, all-time Spartan great Kirk Gibson.


Michigan State senior Mitch VanVossen, who entered 2-4 with a 5.85 ERA, dominated Indiana’s host Hoosiers in game one of today’s double-header as the Spartans sailed to a 7-0 win. VanVossen went the distance and allowed just one hit, a grounded single to center in the third by Craig Dedelow, while fanning eight.

MSU pounded out 12 hits, including four doubles, two by Ryan Krill. The Spartans broke the game open with a five-run seventh that featured three of the doubles.

Michigan State evened the series at 1-1 with a 7-0 win in today’s opener. More detailed updates on game one are below the fold.



Report: Ferrell expected to return #iubb

Yogi Ferrell is expected to return for his senior season.

According to a report from Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, Ferrell will announce today that he will stay at Indiana for his final season of eligibility.

The IU point guard was scheduled to announce his decision on Saturday night in Indianapolis, but postponed the press conference after the death of 22-year-old IU senior Hannah Wilson. The deadline to declare early entry to the NBA Draft is tonight at 11:59 p.m.

NBA Draft experts viewed Ferrell as a second-round talent after he averaged 16.3 points and 4.9 assists on the way to an All-Big Ten First Team selection. His return is expected to make the Hoosiers a top 15 team — maybe higher — when the preseason polls are released.

With Ferrell’s return, Indiana remains oversigned by one scholarship for next season.

Ferrell ranks 22nd on the Indiana career scoring list with 1,379 points and is sixth in career assists with 438. By returning, the Indianapolis native will have an opportunity to extend his program-record streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer, which stands at 65.

More to come.


Alkins says Indiana recruiting him hardest #iubb

FISHERS — Thomas Bryant won’t arrive on campus for another month and a half, but he’s already giving Indiana basketball a boost.

The 6-foot-10 center found his way to Best Choice Fieldhouse on Saturday, where he caught up with 2016 Indiana target Rawle Alkins during the second day of the adidas Uprising Indianapolis Gauntlet tournament. In between AAU games, the two talked, and Bryant made his pitch.

“We could take IU by storm,” Bryant told Alkins.

Bryant, whose signing with Indiana became official this week, is only the latest player inside the Hoosiers’ program to make an attempt at wooing Alkins, a four-star two-guard from New York City who is considered among the top 30 players in next year’s class.

But Bryant wasn’t the only one recruiting Alkins this weekend. IU coach Tom Crean stopped in early Saturday morning, director of operations Rob Judson — who can spend time on the road while the program searches for a replacement for assistant Steve McClain — spent much of the day in Indianapolis and then there were the fans decked out in Hoosier garb.

Alkins saw them all.

“They’re showing a lot of love,” Alkins said. “They told me they were going to be here. I get all their tweets. They tweet me, and I see all of the Hoosier Nation. It’s great.” (more…)


Video: Alkins, Davis talk recruiting, IU


Ferrell’s announcement postponed #iubb

There will be no press conference tonight. Yogi Ferrell will wait.

Hours after the death of a 22-year-old Indiana University senior, the Ferrell family issued a release Saturday morning saying that Ferrell will hold off announcing his intention to return to IU for his senior season or enter the NBA Draft.

Ferrell was scheduled to announce his plans this evening at 7:30 at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on the north side of Indianapolis.

The body of Hannah Wilson, a Gamma Phi Beta sorority member, was found Friday morning in Brown County. Indiana State Police arrested 49-year-old Daniel E. Messel on a preliminary charge of murder on Friday afternoon.

“The Ferrell Family sends out its condolences and prayers to the family of Hannah N. Wilson,” the statement read.

The deadline to declare early entry to the 2015 NBA Draft is Sunday at 11:59 p.m.



Ramsey’s commitment is another important step into Cincinnati for IU #iufb

Posted by in Football on Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015 at 7:40 PM.

Beyond the fact that he’s a quarterback, beyond the fact that he is Indiana’s first recruit in the 2016 class, Peyton Ramsey’s commitment this week represents a greater significance to the big picture success of IU’s football program.

Ramsey, who gave a verbal commitment to IU on Tuesday, is the latest prospect to come from the fertile football area of Cincinnati, where the Hoosiers are aiming to establish a long-lasting pipeline.

Linebackers Tegray Scales and Marcus Oliver, defensive linemen Mike Barwick, Patrick Dougherty and Nick Carovillano and offensive lineman Wes Martin are among the recent additions IU coach Kevin Wilson has brought from the Cincinnati area to Bloomington.

Ramsey’s father, Doug, sees it as a positive step in Indiana’s recruiting evolution and, as Peyton’s coach at Elder High School, he’d like to see that recruiting success in southwest Ohio continue.

“They’re in on some good players,” Doug Ramsey said. “I think the thing is, being in Ohio and having the Big Ten and then the SEC, there are so many different directions that kids are pulled. I think Indiana is one of those places where, if you can just get a kid to come over there and look around and see what it’s like, you have a chance. I think that’s starting to happen a little bit. Hopefully, it’s a thing where we can get some more guys to go over. Maybe I can be a semi-recruiter, myself, and try to get some kids to go that way, too.” (more…)


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Crean leaving decision making process up to Ferrell #iubb

Posted by in Men's Basketball on Friday, Apr. 24, 2015 at 8:20 PM.

Tom Crean isn’t recruiting Yogi Ferrell for a second time. He’s not telling him what to do or how to proceed.

What the IU coach has done is present his point guard with the research and thoughts of the NBA decision makers who hold Ferrell’s immediate future in their hands.

From there the decision is up to Ferrell, who will announce Saturday night whether he will return to Bloomington for his senior season or forego his final year in search of a professional pay day.

“What we try to do is we try to get real feedback that we can add to the projection, and then it becomes a matter of are you going to trust the research?” Crean said. “Are you going to look at it and say this is what it is or are you going to believe something that’s not there? That’s the most important thing you can do, but I don’t bug those guys about that. I really don’t.”

The research says Ferrell is a second-round pick, at best, and even that’s muddled by a few factors.

For one, projects the 6-foot Indianapolis native will go undrafted and doesn’t include Ferrell among its top 100 potential NBA prospects in the 2015 draft pool. Of that group, 15 are pure point guards ranked ahead of Ferrell.

ESPN draft expert Chad Ford told The Herald-Times last month that Ferrell could boost that stock by returning for his senior season and proving that he can lead the Hoosiers deep into March.

“It’s interesting because his size, his physical stature is the biggest thing holding him back,” Ford told The Herald-Times. “He can’t do anything about that. He can get physically stronger, and that’s something. But I think what he’s gonna have to do to get drafted is follow Shabazz Napier. Everybody said the exact same thing about Shabazz Napier coming in. He was second round pick at best if he would’ve come out then he led UConn to a championship and caught the high.

“(Scouts said), ‘This kind of swagger, this kind of floor leadership, I’m gonna value that on a veteran team and draft him.’ It wasn’t really until the tournament that he did that.”

With Troy Williams and James Blackmon Jr both announcing their plans to return to school next fall, and with the recent addition of four-star center Thomas Bryant, Ferrell would have the opportunity to lead the most complete and balanced team he’s had since his freshman year, when he started all 36 games on the way to IU’s second consecutive Sweet 16 appearance.

He will make a player like Bryant better, and a true center like Bryant will do the same for Ferrell. With a proven point guard like Ferrell, Indiana could start the season ranked as high as No. 15 — and perhaps higher.

Whether or not they get there is, in part, up to Ferrell.

“Whatever happens on that, he’s going to make a smart decision,” Crean said. “All you want to do is you want to make sure you’re giving them every bit of factual information that you can give.”


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IUWBB: Hoosiers add Tyshee Towner

Posted by in Women's Basketball on Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2015 at 3:33 PM.

If there was ever a player that matched the direction of Teri Moren’s program, Wabash Valley head coach Zach Loll couldn’t think of anyone better than Tyshee Towner.

Will she defend?

“There aren’t a lot of players that say they want to thrive on being a great defender,” Loll said. “And she really does. She looks forward to that challenge.”


For that, it was hard for Loll to even contain his comparison to the basketball court. He harkened back to a Hall of Fame running back instead.

“Her lateral quickness, my mind immediately thinks of Barry Sanders, because of her ability to change directions so quickly.”

In Moren’s second add of the offseason, announced Wednesday, she acquired a player that couldn’t check any more of her boxes. The junior college All-American not only averaged 17.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, but she fancies herself a defender first. (more…)


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Tickets on sale for IU-Mexico spring game

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Tickets for the annual matchup between the Indiana men’s soccer team and the Mexican Youth National Team on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET are [...]

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