To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Indiana PG Yogi Ferrell about becoming a better 3-point shooter and the expectations for the Hoosiers.
In 2004 “Hoop Scoop” ranked you as the number one player in the fifth grade: what was your reaction when you heard you were the best in the nation for your age? It was fun…but it was a long time ago.
In November 2011 you signed to play with Indiana: what made you choose the Hoosiers? I liked where they were going, including the coaching staff, the players they had, and the players they were recruiting.
In the 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game you had a game-high 8 assists in a 4-point win by the West: which of your fellow honorees impressed you the most (Anthony Bennett/Marcus Smart/TJ Warren/other)? They were all great in their own way.
You play for Coach Tom Crean: what makes him such a great coach, and what is the most important thing that you ever learned from him? He taught me that there is no substitute for hard work. He makes you better and gets the most out of you.
After making 23 shots from behind the arc while shooting 30 percent from downtown as a freshman, you made 88 threes and shot 40 percent as a sophomore: how were you able to improve so much in the course of one year, and what is your secret for making 3-point shots? A lot of practice.
Your non-conference schedule includes games against SMU, Pitt, Louisville, Butler, and Georgetown: which of these games do you feel will present your biggest test? Every game we play is a test.
Two of the top-3 scorers from last year are no longer on the roster (Will Sheehey/Noah Vonleh): how much pressure is there on you to be a scorer this year? We have a lot of great shooters on the team, which makes it easier.
You won 17 games last year but did not make it to the postseason: what are your goals for the upcoming season? We want to improve every day.