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Yogi Ferrell Speaks

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The Hoosiers' fearless leader talks at B1G Media Day. Here's the TWEETCAP.

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Yogi spoke in Chicago today, here's what he said:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Yogi Ferrell says having James Blackmon next to him reminds him of playing with Jordan Hulls. Frees him to play. <a href="http://t.co/WfrppxGYlt">pic.twitter.com/WfrppxGYlt</a></p>&mdash; Mike Miller (@MikeMillerHT) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeMillerHT/status/522781443324641281">October 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Yogi Ferrell said there are segments of practice where 3s are worth one point and 2s are worth three points. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/iubb?src=hash">#iubb</a></p>&mdash; Andy Wittry (@AndyWittry) <a href="https://twitter.com/AndyWittry/status/522779922834915328">October 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Yogi said definitively that he&#39;s the best shooter on the team. He and Nick Zeisloft exchanged glances because Zeisloft said the same thing.</p>&mdash; Andy Wittry (@AndyWittry) <a href="https://twitter.com/AndyWittry/status/522780341913014273">October 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Yogi said IU Coach Tom Crean takes away two points when a player commits a turnover in practice. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/iubb?src=hash">#iubb</a></p>&mdash; Andy Wittry (@AndyWittry) <a href="https://twitter.com/AndyWittry/status/522783456485703681">October 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>IU PG Yogi Ferrell talks during Big Ten media day. <a href="http://t.co/FJddySniib">http://t.co/FJddySniib</a></p>&mdash; Pete DiPrimio (@pdiprimio) <a href="https://twitter.com/pdiprimio/status/522780830037712898">October 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Instagram link is a short clip of Yogi talking about Troy Williams' improvement.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Yogi was asked who the options are for backup point guard. Troy Williams was the first player he mentioned. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/iubb?src=hash">#iubb</a></p>&mdash; Andy Wittry (@AndyWittry) <a href="https://twitter.com/AndyWittry/status/522783981889388545">October 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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This is ... interesting. Can't help but recall JEREMY HOLLOWELL: POINT FORWARD when you hear that. Hopefully this experiment goes a little bit better.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Yogi said Nick Zeisloft has an &quot;old man mentality&quot; when he plays basketball, saying he&#39;s been there and done that. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/iubb?src=hash">#iubb</a></p>&mdash; Andy Wittry (@AndyWittry) <a href="https://twitter.com/AndyWittry/status/522785650974928897">October 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>I asked Yogi what his crunch-time lineup was. He said himself, James, Nick, Troy and Hanner. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/iubb?src=hash">#iubb</a></p>&mdash; Andy Wittry (@AndyWittry) <a href="https://twitter.com/AndyWittry/status/522785139601190912">October 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Goes to show how meaningful Zeisloft already is to this team and its players. This was something that showed up in Canada and has obviously continued into practices. I think he's going to have a much larger role than many envisioned when his transfer was first announced. There's always going to be a spot for guys who can knock down shots, and Zeisloft seems more than capable of doing that.

As far as his "crunch-time" lineup, I don't hate it. I think Zeisloft / Robinson / Johnson will be competing for minutes at the 3rd guard spot all year, while those other four are gonna be the guys this year. We talked about how important Hanner will be to this team's success, but the ability for the guards to defend against bigger wing players will be crucial as well.