Indiana Basketball

Yogi Ferrell Scores 32 Points, Hits 9 3s




Man, that was fun.

It felt like old times Friday night as former Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell torched the Portland Trail Blazers for a career-high 32 points in the Dallas Mavericks’ 108-104 win. Ferrell made nine 3-pointers, including one with 19.3 seconds remaining that put the Mavs ahead by four.

By the time the night was over, ‘Yogi Ferrell’ was trending nationally on Twitter. This night belonged to Yogi.

“It was a groove where every shot I took felt like it was going in,” Ferrell said after Friday’s win. “You know, I was just being aggressive just like coach [Rick Carlisle] wants. I work, and it just showed tonight.”

Yogi’s story is one that is beginning to read like a fairy tale. Ferrell signed a 10-day contract with the Mavericks last Saturday after being waived by the Brooklyn Nets on December 7.

In his first game with the team, Ferrell sealed Dallas’ first win at San Antonio since 2010 with two late free throws. In game No. 2, he outplayed Kyrie Irving, scored 19 points, and helped Dallas beat the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

Yogi put up 7 points and 7 assists in his third NBA game, another win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Then on Friday, a nationally televised game on ESPN, Ferrell absolutely stole the show in a game that included Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.

Ferrell poured in 22 points and six 3-pointers in the first half alone. He finished with 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting, 9-of-11 from beyond the arc, 5 assists and 2 rebounds in 39 minutes.

“I can’t say enough about Yogi,” Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews said Friday. “I mean, big time, big time play. I think he’s still got more in the tank. His demeanor is not that of a guy in his situation. He plays extremely confident, he plays poised, he plays like he loves the game. He’s confident in himself, we’re confident in him, and he’s got some toughness to him.”

Ferrell, undrafted after playing four years at Indiana, was also very good on the defensive end. Lillard, the third superstar guard Ferrell has been tasked with guarding in four games, finished with just 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting.

“I’m just trying to play with no fear right now, go out and give it my all for my teammates,” Ferrell said. “You know, I’m not trying to worry if I miss or make, or if I get a turnover. I’m just letting all the chips fall. [Carlisle] let’s me play free-flowingly, and I don’t have to go out there and think about the offense. I just go out there and just make the right play. That’s it.”

The Mavericks were just 16-30 before Ferrell joined the roster. Since he has, Ferrell has started all four games, and the Mavs are a perfect 4-0.

As I wrote earlier today, Dallas plans to offer Ferrell a two-year contract at the veteran-minimum when his 10-day expires. But when it does, any NBA team can also offer him a contract, and Ferrell is free to sign with any of them.

He seems to be a great fit in Dallas, though, where he’s able to play and learn alongside great veterans, as well as one of the best coaches in the NBA.

Below are some video highlights from Ferrell’s performance on Friday.

One comment

  1. Great For Yogi! Watched him a Tiny Kid in The Spartan Bowl in Connersville, Indiana 3 Straight Years playing for Coach Eddie Shilling at Park Tudor in the Regionals, then on to Bankers Life for State Championships. A True Success Story!!!

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