So who would you say is Indiana’s absolutely must-get recruit for the super-talented Class of 2012?
Is it Hamilton Southeastern’s Gary Harris, who seems to get better every day?
How about Indianapolis Broad Ripple’s Ron Patterson, who has been on the national radar since he was 3 (at least that’s what it seems like)?
And what do you think of power forward Hanner Perea, who is rated the nation’s No. 13 player by Rivals.com?
There are others, of course, all great players who would thrive wearing the Cream ‘n Crimson. Yes, 6-11 Peter Jurkin is already committed. But when it comes to the guy likely to make the biggest difference, it should be a true point guard, a guy who can score and pass and handle the ball and defend. A guy who has a non-stop motor and who knows how to lead, especially in big moments.
That guy, is Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell.
Let’s qualify that. It needs to be the Ferrell who thrived at the adidas Nation’s event in Chicago. The one who scored 17 second-half points to lead Team 2012’s upset of Team 2011 while driving and dishing and defending (locking up on heralded guard Quinn Cook).
If that has become his norm, look out.
Some critics say the 5-11 Ferrell is too small and he even joked to Mike Pegram of peegs.com about needing to join the 6-foot club. Here’s an easy solution we once used:
Wear platform shoes.
Look, whether Ferrell is 6-foot or 5-foot, he can play. He’s quick, can handle the ball and runs the show. IU needs that. Every team needs that. It’s why, every year, when coaches are asked what’s the No. 1 thing necessary for postseason success, they mention good guard play. Specifically, good point guards.
A point guard sets the tone on offense and defense. At one time, good point guards were mostly passers. Now, they’re top-notch scorers as well.
Ferrell did that at the high school level, averaging 23.4 points last season to lead Park Tudor to the state 2A runner-up finish. Can he do it at the major college level? Who knows, but Hoosier fans hope he tries it while wearing the Cream ‘n Crimson.
So how likely is that? For one thing, Ferrell wants to play right away and on a team that features an uptempo style. The Hoosiers would seem to fit both criteria.
IU has all sorts of recruiting competition with Purdue, Butler, Florida, Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia and Washington.
One name not on the list is Kentucky, which seems to lock up every superstar it goes after these days. A secret HH investigation revealed how coach John Calipari does it:
Hypnosis. Calipari has a hypnotist on staff who takes recruits into Rupp Arena and …
Sorry. Anyway, IU coaches have gone after Ferrell hard. They and Michigan saw him the most this summer.
Yes, Ferrell noticed.
Will it make a difference? Who knows? Ferrell is 16. Does anyone REALLY understand what a teenager thinks?
We don’t have a clue.
But our hypnotist does.