July 2, 2011

Yogi: Ready from Day 1

Indiana recruit Yogi Ferrell returned to being a five-star recruit to start July, and one of the key figures in his development says there's a reason that is a legitimate ranking.

Whereas some players occasionally have inflated statistics in the spring and summer that occasionally can create an artificial impression, Ferrell is performing at a high level in the way a point guard needs to play to have an immediate impact in college.

Ed Schilling, who coaches the 2012 point guard at Park Tudor and runs the noted Champions Academy training facility, said Ferrell will be ready to perform for the Hoosiers from Day One.

"The reason is, the way he's playing is exactly the way he needs to play in college," Schilling told Peegs.com. "A lot of guys are high-volume shooters, taking 40 shots and all that, and that's not how they're going to play in college. How he's playing at Park Tudor, how he played at the NBA development camp, at adidas Nations, with Indiana Elite, that's how he needs to play in college. That makes his five-star rating legit."

The 5-11 point guard was the MVP of the playoffs at the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp. Ranked No. 23 overall in the country, he's part of IU's 2012 recruiting class that is ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Schilling, who also trains professional players, said Ferrell has made a jump already in another area.

"He's always been a leader by example, but what I've challenged him on is being a more vocal leader and he did a great job of that at adidas Nations in Houston and at the NBA development camp," Schilling said.

And Ferrell has done all of this while excelling academically at one of the state's elite high schools.

"He earned high honors this past year, and when you do that at Park Tudor, that's pretty incredible," Schilling said. "If anybody knows anything about Park Tudor, they know that's pretty special."

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