MPG: 17.0 FG%: 44% 3P%: 18% APG: 1.8 PPG: 8.8
Yogi Ferrell was one of the best point guards to ever play for Indiana University, and as a result, his Summer League invite brought relatively high expectations. Despite going undrafted, Brooklyn move quickly to secure him to a partially-guaranteed deal, assuring he’d be in Summer League and potentially training camp, as well as securing his D-League rights should he end up playing there this season.
However, Ferrell didn’t necessarily play up to those expectations this summer.
Ferrell is tiny, listed at 6’0 (but in reality, is likely much shorter), so he uses his tremendous quickness and explosiveness to his advantage. He plays hard and confidently, although, perhaps too confidently at times.
At his size, Ferrell needs to be a floor general. He’s undoubtedly a capable scorer and shooter, and should look for his shot at times, but not all the time. He was prone to chucking up bad shots in the summer league, trying to get his own a bit too much. For a guy his size, he needs to be a better distributor and floor general to make up for the weaknesses in his game.
Despite the quickness Ferrell has, he struggled mightily defensively in the Summer League. Even in a matchup against Kay Felder of the Cavaliers, who might actually be shorter than Ferrell, he simply couldn’t stay in front of the Cleveland guard. There were too many times this summer where Yogi simply got blown past defensively.
Yogi is a smart, talented player who might contain the potential to be an NBA player. However, he didn’t really play up to that bill in the Summer League. Still, it’s likely that Ferrell could find himself in training camp with Brooklyn, and even likelier, could be running the Long Island Nets next season.
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