Top 20 Indiana basketball players of all-time

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Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11). Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports /

Indiana basketball career stats: 14.5 PPG, 4.6 AST, 2.0 3PM, 39.9 3P%, 137 GP

Yogi Ferrell is the best Indiana basketball player that I’ve watched live in my era. He’s one of the better college basketball players I’ve seen in my lifetime. Disregarding his freshman season, Ferrell averaged 16.9 points, 4.8 assists, 2.5 3PM, and shot 41.2 percent from three-point range in his final three seasons. Ferrell was named to the First Team All-Big Ten in 2014-15 and 2015-16, along with being considered for a National Ballot Wooden Award in his senior season.

In his final two seasons in Bloomington, Ferrell averaged 19.4 points, 5.3 assists, and 2.7 made threes in seven postseasons (conference and NCAA tournament) games. Finishing off his career, Ferrell ranks in the top 25 in the Big Ten conference in total points (1,986), assists (633), three-pointers made (272), and minutes played (4,496).

It’s ridiculous how much production Yogi put up in his four years in Bloomington and it shows in the IU record books, as Ferrell ranks in the top 10 of the following statistical categories for career and single-season numbers:

  • Points: 1,986 (6th)
  • Games played: 137 (1st)
  • Minutes played: 4,496 (3rd)
  • Minutes played per game: 32.8 (10th)
  • Field goals made: 637 (10th)
  • Field goal attempts: 1,475 (6th)
  • Three-pointers made: 272 (2nd)
  • Three-point attempts: 681 (2nd)
  • Free throws made: 440 (6th)
  • Free-throw percentage: 83.0% (4th)
  • Defensive rebounds: 362 (9th)
  • Assists: 633 (1st)
  • Assists per game: 4.6 (2nd)
  • Minutes played (single season): 1,215 in 2015-16 (4th) & 1,186 in 2014-15 (9th)
  • Three-pointers made (single season): 88 in 2013-14 (3rd), 82 in 2014-15 (4th), & 79 in 2015-16 (tied for 8th)
  • Three-point percentage (single season): 40.0% in 2013-14 (5th)
  • Assists (single season): 195 in 2015-16 (2nd) & 166 in 2014-15 (8th)
  • Assists per game (single season): 5.6 in 2015-16 (2nd)

How, after such an incredible college career, does such a talented Big Ten guard go undrafted in an NBA Draft? Despite going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, Ferrell was signed to the Brooklyn Nets in 2016-17 and played in all 82 games for Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks in 2017-18. Ferrell played in 259 career NBA games and scored a career-high 32 points on February 3, 2017.