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Yogi Ferrell will return to IU for senior year

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH/AP) Indiana University junior guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell has announced his decision on whether or not he will stay at IU or enter his name for the NBA draft.

He has confirmed that he will stay at IU for his senior year.

“Like several other student-athletes in the game of basketball, I have considered the option of leaving college early to join the professional ranks,” said Ferrell. “I have considered many factors, including my family, my education, the game I love, and my goals in life. I would like to thank my family and friends, Coach Crean and his staff, my academic advisor, Marni Mooney and my teammates for their contributions to my decision-making process. 

At the end of the day, I have decided that it is in my best interests to continue my education, to build on my involvement in the community, and to improve my skills as a basketball player as a member of the 2015-16 IU Men’s Basketball Team,” Ferrell noted. “Anyone who actually knows me knows that I am a fierce competitor, the senior to be added.” “I truly want to leave a legacy of accomplishments at IU, like the great IU legends of the past. I look forward to returning to IU to complete my undergraduate degree and to begin my graduate studies. And I plan to lead my returning teammates and our incoming players to our goal of achieving great things next year in Assembly Hall.”

The announcement about whether Ferrell will enter the NBA draft or continue at IU for his senior year was originally scheduled for Saturday evening. Ferrell postponed the announcement due to the death of fellow IU student Hanna Wilson.

Ferrell was the Hoosiers’ top scorer last season at 16.3 points.

James Blackmon Jr. will also return as a guard. Blackmon announced his decision on Thursday.