IU fans get to see Ferrell’s enhanced `3′

Point guard won Hoosier Hysteria 3-point contest.

So now we know – Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell is a three-point threat.

Granted, it came without a defender or game pressure, but in the hype that is Hoosier Hysteria, did it matter?

Not at all, especially to the 10,000 or so fans on hand Friday night.

Ferrell has made improved outside shooting a priority since last season’s Sweet 16 loss to Syracuse and its offense-wrecking 2-3 zone. The word was he’d improved dramatically, but there had been no public proof.

Until Friday night.

Ferrell beat the Hoosier men by making 18-of-25 three-point attempts, then won the overall competition over women’s player Kaila Hulls (the younger sister of former Hoosier Jordan Hulls) by making 17 three-pointers to Hulls’ 13.

For the record, Ferrell hit a three-pointer during the 16-minute scrimmage that wrapped up the annual event.

Right before the scrimmage ended, freshman guard Stanford Robinson bruised a knee and was helped to the locker room. Coach Tom Crean said he hoped it wasn’t serious.

Three other freshmen didn’t play because of injuries – forward Troy Williams because of a hand injury, forward Noah Vonleh because of a sprained ankle and center Luke Fischer because of a shoulder injury. Williams is expected to return to practice next week. Vonleh likely will do the same. Fischer is another week or two away from returning.

In the dunk contest, freshman Devin Davis beat sophomore forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea with a dunk that generated perfect 10s from judges.

The Hoosiers also raised a new banner for last year’s Big Ten championship, their first outright conference title since 1993.

All this came after a two-hour practice earlier in the day. Crean summed up the Hoosiers this way:

“The bottom line with this team is we have a lot of old habits to break and new habits to build.”

Crean pushed one big theme to the Assembly Hall crowd and, of course, the multiple recruits on hand that included Virginia forward Devin Robinson:

“We’re ready to go to work. We’re a hard-nosed, blue-collar work program.”

IU remains a work in progress.

“I think the last (few) days sum up where we’re at,” Crean said. “When we practice the way we did (Wednesday), we’ve got a chance to be a really good team. When we don’t have the driving forces driving us past fatigue and driving us past mistakes and living in the past and being focused on ourselves and practice the way we did at times (Tuesday), it could be a long year.”

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