Pint-sized Ferrell plays big for IU

Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 9:06 PM
Updated: Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 9:06 PM

He looks like he should be the ball boy or maybe one of the young kids who waits eagerly behind the basket and then hops out to mop the floor during timeouts.

“When he first came here I called him Little Michael Jackson,” said Indiana’s 6-foot-5 guard Victor Oladipo. “But really he’s nothing like that. … There’s nothing little about him … or his game.”

Everybody thought top-seeded Indiana would use its size advantage to overwhelm 16th-seeded James Madison in its NCAA tournament opener Friday afternoon at UD Arena. Instead, the smallest guy on the court — Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, the fresh-faced, teenage point guard of the Hoosiers — was the guy who delivered the knockout blow to the Dukes right after the opening tip.

The 6-foot freshman — and that height is probably inflated — put on the most impressive five-minute display so far in this tournament. He scored the first nine points and 14 of IU’s first 16. By then James Madison was down 16-3 and the Dukes never recovered in what would be an easy 82-63 Hoosier victory.

“He was awesome,” James Madison coach Matt Brady said of the 19-year-old Ferrell. “We knew how fast he was. We knew he’s really talented. We knew he’s the guy who makes them go. But again, like with the rest of their team, until you are on the court with them, you don’t REALLY know. My guys couldn’t really catch up to the speed of the game.”

Andre Nation, the Dukes’ freshman guard who was impressive himself with 24 points, agreed with his coach: “They ran faster than any team we ever played. They threw the first punch and they threw another punch and they kept throwing them and we weren’t throwing back.”

Ferrell finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

“The way he went off like he did at the start was fun to watch,” said Indiana’s backup big man, the tattooed Derek Elston. “I don’t know about junior-high sized, but yeah he’s small. But the dude is also quick as lightning. He really put his mark on this game.”

Ferrell has been an over-sized presence since grammar school.

As skewered as it sounds, a scouting publication called The Hoop Scoop once rated him the No. 1 fourth-grade basketball talent in the nation. That prompted a front-page story in The Indianapolis Star.

As heady as that is, it could easily derail a youngster, and Ferrell’s father recognized that and pulled him out of AAU ball during his seventh- and eighth-grade years. He wanted his boy to get back to just being a regular kid.

At Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis, Ferrell fell under the tutorial wing of former Wright State coach Ed Schilling, who took over the prep duties at the Class 2A school when Yogi was a sophomore.

Schilling mentored the young prodigy in all aspects of the game and their union produced instant success. Park Tudor made it to the state title game when Ferrell was a sophomore and then won the state crown the next two years.

“Ed Schilling is my longtime friend,” Ferrell said after Friday’s game. “He taught me to be coachable, to be a winner and to just go out there and never take a possession off. And everything he taught me I’m using right now.”

Ferrell said the only other time he’s started a game like he did Friday was the first year he played for Schilling: “One time I scored the first 16 points of a game. But today, this was different. It was my first NCAA tournament game and I just wanted to make sure I did whatever it took to make my team win.

“I had a lot of energy before the game, but I wasn’t nervous or anything. I know I’m small and I know they always say little guys can’t do anything, but I was out there to prove they were wrong. And I think I did a pretty good job of that.”

VIDEO: Dayton coach Archie Miller gives emotional speech at Steve McElvene's funeral

Published: Saturday, May 21, 2016 @ 7:09 PM
Updated: Monday, May 23, 2016 @ 8:30 AM

Archie Miller talks publically for the first time since the death of Flyers center Steve McElvene.

Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller spoke about Steve McElvene at his funeral today in Fort Wayne. It was the coach's first comments about McElvene since he died at home May 12 in Fort Wayne.

An emotional Miller was comforted by two of his players, as he recalled his personal conversations with McElvene and how he interacted with children during a camp.

"I know you loved your family dearly. You wore it on your sleeve every day. You didn't want to let anyone down.

"For as long as I live, May 12 will be a day that will shake me."

Portion of Miller's Speech

"Steve, when I see your family, I remember walking into your house  for the first time and seeing how happy everyone was for you, that you were coming with us and you were going to college. I know you loved your family dearly. You wore it on your sleeve every day. You didn't want to let anyone down. I still can remember watching film when you dunked all over Alabama. You ran down the court pointing to your family in the crowd. You forgot the game was going on and lost your man and the ball. Your man caught the ball. You recovered. He fell down. You pumped your fist, and the crowd went wild. We discussed this the following day at length."

"Tough times call for tough people, and nobody is tougher than your mother. She's been a survivor her whole life. Now we can be there when she needs it the most, and whenever she needs us, she can always just pick up the phone and call."

"I know this. I have piece of mind. We fought as hard as we could for you while you with us. Every phase of your life, people gave everything they had to help you get where you wanted to go."

"For as long as I live, May 12 will be a day that will shake me. I can’t say I’ve ever been that scared or sick to my stomach in my life. Calls come in daily from the staff. Every time they are usually the same in one way or the other: some good, some hard to shake, but i’m usually read for the next step. Your guy (Coach Allen Griffin) called me, and I knew things were different."

I already transcribed most of it if you want to use these quotes. I just thought it might be overkill to post another burst. The burst I posted earlier was also from his speech.

 

Steve, when I see your family, I remember walking into your house  for the first time and seeing how happy everyone was for you, that you were coming with us and you were going to college. I know you loved your family dearly. You wore it on your sleeve every day. You didn't want to let anyone down. I still can remember watching film when you dunked all over Alabama. You ran down the court pointing to your family in the crowd. You forgot the game was going on and lost your man and the ball. Your man caught the ball. You recovered. He fell down. You pumped your fist, and the crowd went wild. We discussed this the following day at length.

 

Tough times call for tough people, and nobody is tougher than your mother. She's been a survivor her whole life. Now we can be there when she needs it the most, and whenever she needs us, she can always just pick up the phone and call.

 

I know this. I have piece of mind. We fought as hard as we could for you while you with us. Every phase of your life, people gave everything they had to help you get where you wanted to go.

 

For as long as I live, May 12 will be a day that will shake me. I can’t say I’ve ever been that scared or sick to my stomach in my life. Calls come in daily from the staff. Every time they are usually the same in one way or the other: some good, some hard to shake, but i’m usually read for the next step. Your guy (Coach Allen Griffin) called me, and I knew things were different.

Dayton Flyers to play Auburn next two seasons

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 2:58 PM


            Auburn coach Bruce Pearl reacts to a call during a game against the Boston College at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl reacts to a call during a game against the Boston College at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The Dayton Flyers will play Auburn in the the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, according to a source. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein, of FanRagSports.com.

The first game will take place at UD Arena. The Flyers will play in Auburn, Ala., the following season. Dates have not been announced.

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The game this season is part of the Charleston Classic. Teams can play four games as part of that event, three of which take place in Charleston, S.C. That means Dayton could play 31 games in the 2017-18 instead of the normal 30.

Dayton leads the all-time series 4-0. Dayton has never played at Auburn. The game in Alabama will mark a return to the state for new Dayton coach Anthony Grant, who coached at Alabama from 2009-15.

Dayton last played Auburn at the Charleston Classic in 2012, winning 73-63. The teams also played in 2008 at the Chicago Invitational Challenge. Dayton won 60-59.

Prior to that, they hadn’t played since 1972 when Dayton won 106-63 at UD Arena. Dayton first played Auburn in 1965, winning 85-71 at the Sugar Bowl Tournament in New Orleans, La.

Dayton has had great success in the regular season against the Southeastern Conference in the last four seasons, sweeping two-game series from Alabama, Mississippi and Vanderbilt in recent seasons. It split a two-game series against Arkansas.

Auburn finished 18-14 last season, breaking a streak of seven straight losing seasons. Bruce Pearl is entering his fourth season as head coach.

Tar Heels return home with 6th NCAA title to celebrating fans

Published: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 @ 5:40 PM

Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels receives the Championship trophy after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs 71-65 in the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. 
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Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels receives the Championship trophy after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs 71-65 in the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

North Carolina dedicated the past year to redeeming itself for 4.7 agonizing seconds.

Now these Tar Heels will hang another banner from the Smith Center rafters. Or the ceiling. But probably not the roof.

No longer haunted by the memory of a buzzer-beating loss in last year's title game, but galvanized by a misstatement from their most decorated former player, the Tar Heels returned home Tuesday with their sixth NCAA Tournament trophy, which they earned a night earlier by beating Gonzaga in the championship game.

"This year," senior Isaiah Hicks said, "we did it."

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Thousands of fans poured into the arena and onto the court before the team's flight had even landed at nearby Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and they cheered fanatically every time live footage of the team's motorcade was shown on the video scoreboards.

When the individual players were introduced, they showered Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Justin Jackson with chants of "one more year."

"It just didn't seem like we were going to get back to where we wanted to be, and you all did a great job," said guard Joel Berry II, still wearing the net from the title game around his neck. "We just basically did our thing, and we came back home with it."

This was the first time the team and its fans were together inside the Smith Center since a victory over Duke in the regular-season finale exactly one month earlier — a night made memorable by Michael Jordan's surprise appearance at halftime to announce a partnership between the athletic department and his Nike line.

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Social media reacts to news of Anthony Grant’s hiring at UD

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

Anthony Grant: 5 things to know

Just before noon on March 30, the University of Dayton announced Anthony Grant will be the new men’s basketball coach. 

UD will hold a press conference on Saturday at 1 p.m. to formally announce the university’s 19th basketball coach.  

The Flyers community took to social media after the news broke to express their thoughts on the new coach.

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