Yogi Ferrell, who many thought would go in the second round but went undrafted, has been signed to a summer league by the Nets. Mike Scotto confirmed reports that had circulated in Indiana, where Ferrell played point guard for four years.
Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a Summer League deal with point guard Yogi Ferrell (Indiana), per league sources.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) June 24, 2016
Undrafted players often seek partial guarantees, as Ryan Boatright did last year, signing for $75,000 after the Draft and Jake Fischer reports that indeed Ferrell received a partial guarantee, which virtually guarantees him a training camp invite.
Yogi Ferrell turned down several draft-and-stash opportunities, per source. He's secured a partial guarantee from Brooklyn.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 24, 2016
His mom, Dr. Lydia Ferrell, M.D.,congratulated her son and the Nets.
The undersized (5'11") Ferrell is the all-time Indiana University leader in games started and assists. He was part of two teams that won outright Big Ten championships. He was a Wooden All-American choice as a senior, also earning All-American honors from The Sporting News, the NABC, USA Today, CBS Sports and the Associated Press. He is the only player in IU history to lead his team in assists all four years of his career.
For his career, Ferrell averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists per game and shot 39.9% from beyond the arc.
"Yogi is leaving here as one of the great winners," head coach Tom Crean said in a release earlier this summer, "and there's really no way anybody is going to be able to take that away from him. He won two outright championships in four years. And he leaves obviously with the accolades, was a part of our two Sweet 16s in the last four years."
Here's what Draft Express wrote about him earlier this year.
He is an unselfish player who will run the team's offense and keep his teammates involved. His pure point rating of 3.35 has remained relatively steady from his junior season but represents a drastic increase from his first two season and rated seventhamong point guards in our top 100 prospect rankings. He is very confident with the ball in his hands as a decision maker and has no fear about being aggressive to get his team a bucket.
And here's the career tribute video the Hoosiers put together at the end of his four years at IU. Warts and all.
The Nets are likely to sign other undrafted players in the next few days. Summer League starts July 8. On Thursday night, Sean Marks said he staff was busy making calls in the hours after the draft.
In addition to Ferrell and Isaiah Whitehead, who will also play in Las Vegas, the Nets recently signed Josh Magette, the D-League's assists and steals leader last year.