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Jeremy Price fills in for Mike Miller for this week’s Five for Friday where we catch up with IU baseball, basketball and the NBA Draft.
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Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams only had to wait a day to secure opportunities at the NBA level.
After going unselected in Thursday’s NBA Draft, both former Hoosiers have landed summer league contracts. Ferrell has agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, according to multiple reports, while Williams has agreed to a deal with the Phoenix Suns.
Indiana confirmed the arrangements on its Twitter account on Friday afternoon.
Ferrell’s mother, Lydia, tweeted earlier Friday morning that her son would soon have an opportunity to prove himself to NBA decision makers.
“Brooklyn Nets will soon see that they have a gem,” Lydia Ferrell wrote. “Yogi will continue to rise to the top! Yogi NEVER disappoints!”
A summer league deal doesn’t guarantee a roster spot in the fall, but it will be another chance for Ferrell and Williams to get themselves in front of league scouts and front office personnel.
After he was named an alternate and did not participate in the NBA Draft Combine in May, Ferrell worked out for 16 teams during a whirlwind tour of the country over the last month. Indiana’s all-time leader in assists and games played and started, Ferrell could see his first opportunity to play when the Nets begin the Las Vegas Summer League on July 9 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I think Yogi’s biggest obstacle has always been his size,” DraftExpress.com’s Mike Schmitz said of the 6-foot point guard. “For him, coming in and being a spark-plug off the bench, being a guy who can step in, play 94 feet and really get into the ball (will help him). … There are guys who have had success, even smaller guys, coming off the bench and just filling it up — Eddie House, guys like that. He can carve out a niche similar to that.” (more…)
Neither Yogi Ferrell nor Troy Williams heard their names called in Thursday’s NBA Draft.
The former Indiana players went undrafted and will now look for free agent deals and summer league opportunities to keep their NBA dreams alive.
Both Ferrell and Williams were viewed as second-round options, but remained on the board after the 60th and final pick of the draft. Serving as an analyst for The Vertical’s draft coverage, IU coach Tom Crean repeatedly expressed optimism that his two players would find homes on Thursday.
That was not to be.
A handful of point guards were selected over Ferrell, the IU Male Athlete of the Year, in the second round alone. That list included Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis, Notre Dame’s Demetrius Jackson and North Carolina’s Marcus Paige.
Ferrell was a First Team All-Big Ten honoree as a senior, leading the Hoosiers with 17.3 points and 5.5 assists per game. He finished his IU career as the program’s all-time leader in assists (633) and games played and started (137).
According to DraftExpress.com, Ferrell was considered the No. 63 available player in the class.
“Yogi Ferrell played 137 games for us and started every one of them,” Crean said. “He set all kinds of number records. He holds the assist record. He came in as a champion from high school, he won a Big Ten championship for us as a freshman, he won it as a senior and he’s gotten nothing but better. I would put him up with any of these point guards that are in the draft. He’s not as big as Kris Dunn — he’s not as long, obviously — but I would put him up with any of the point guards for wanting to go in and be a two-way player.” (more…)
According to a press release from Indiana University, a pair of Hoosiers are no longer part of Kevin Wilson’s program.
Redshirt sophomore defensive back Will Dawkins and redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Tim Gardner have left the Hoosiers.
“We thank Will and Tim for their contributions,” Wilson said in the release. “They are leaving IU in good academic standing and we wish them the very best moving forward.”
Dawkins, a native of Vero Beach, Fla., redshirted in 2014, then appeared in nine games for the Hoosiers in 2015 with 12 unassisted tackles and five assisted tackles to go with one kickoff return.
Gardner, from Indianapolis, sat out the 2014 season after transferring from Ohio State, then appeared in 11 games as a redshirt freshman in 2015.
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The Indiana University men’s basketball team revealed its opponents for the 2016-17 Big Ten season on Monday.
The Hoosiers, who went 15-3 en route to the regular-season conference championship last season, will play home and home games with five foes this coming year, including in-state rival Purdue. The Hoosiers and Boilermakers played just once in 2015-16. Other double plays are Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin.
IU will host single games against Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska and Rutgers, while single road games will come at Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota and Ohio State.
Dates, times and television assignments will be announced at a later date.
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