A brief comparison of some recent Big Ten point guards and their offensive ratings as freshmen, per StatSheet.com:
Trey Burke 105.6
Yogi Ferrell 105.4
Kalin Lucas 104.4
Lewis Jackson 92.3
Tim Frazier 89.8
Darius Morris 89.1
Of that group, Ferrell was the only one to start all of his team's games as a freshman.
Is this meant to suggest that Ferrell should be expected to win national Player of the Year honors next season? Absolutely not. However, the name that could soon go hand in hand with Ferrell's is that of Kalin Lucas.
A side-by-side comparison of Lucas's freshman season with Ferrell's yields some interesting similarities. Lucas was more of a shoot-first guard, attempting almost 100 more shots in 100 fewer minutes, but the two players boasted very similar effective field goal and true shooting percentages.
Their assist/turnover ratios were almost identical, although Lucas's assist and turnover percentages were both stronger than Ferrell's.
If IU's offense remains heavily dependent on the transition game, Ferrell's numbers may not jump to quite the level that Lucas's did as a sophomore (14.7 points and 4.6 assists per game). Still, it should be expected that Ferrell will see more scoring opportunities and gain more playmaking responsibility in the half court. All of that adds up to a likely All-Big Ten season for the Hoosier point guard.