Seen and heard--The Indy Star
Park Tudor point guard Yogi Ferrell is playing "up" by a year this spring and summer with the 17-and-under Indiana Elite. Though his team was upset in the quarterfinals of the Adidas May Classic, he said playing with prospects such as Washington's Cody Zeller and Muncie Central's Jeremiah Davis has been worthwhile.
"I can focus more on passing the ball," the 5-11 Ferrell said. "That's a little different mentality than my high school team, where I have to do more scoring."
Ferrell, whose current scholarship offer list includes Butler, Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Virginia and Washington, said his offseason goal is to improve his ballhandling and his ability to catch and shoot. He works with his high school coach, Ed Schilling, two hours a day at Champions Academy, a basketball training facility.
• Princeton junior Jalen Packer suffered a setback when he tore ligaments in his right thumb March 2 when the Tigers defeated Evansville Bosse 62-58 in a first-round sectional game.
Packer stayed in shape by running track, but with a cast on his thumb, his basketball activities were limited. He was finally back on the court last weekend.
The 6-1 Packer has offers from Chattanooga, Evansville and Southern Illinois. He said Butler, Iowa and Purdue have continued to recruit him and he plans to visit Butler, Purdue and Southern Illinois next month.
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