Yogi Ferrell works out for the Indiana Pacers

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Before Yogi Ferrell's senior season with the Indiana Hoosiers, the point guard seriously considered leaving early for the NBA draft. In fact, he was 70 percent sure that he was out the door.

"At one point I would say I was about 70/30. As time went on I was 50/50 and then towards the end I felt like I should come back." Ferrell told the media on Friday afternoon after going through a pre-draft workout with the Pacers.

"I feel like that was one of the best decisions I could have ever made, because it helped me and increased my draft stock.

After tomorrow, Ferrell will have worked out for 16 teams. That's half of the NBA. He said working out for the Pacers has a unique and special feel to it.

"Working out for my hometown team, it's fun being here," Ferrell said. "I was in here as a kid growing up just shooting hoops, now I'm here as a pre-draft prospect."

The team watching him work out is already quite familiar with what he can do, considering he played his college career right down the road.

"Those guys sitting over there have 137 games on me. So I go out there and think of this as another opportunity to showcase my abilities."

Despite not being invited to the NBA draft combine and being touted as too small to play in the NBA, Ferrell doesn't listen to that outside analysis and he points to guys his size in the NBA who have had very successful professional careers.

"I hear a lot of people talk about how the NBA is changing and they're going to smaller guards now," Ferrell pointed out. "You've got guys like Kyle Lowry and Isaiah Thomas pleading my case pretty well."

If the cards fall in place and Ferrell does get drafted, he certainly wouldn't mind representing his hometown team.

"I have a lot of love here. I know my parents would like that because they could come to every game right down the road, so they would like that."

The NBA draft is June 23.

 

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