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Yogi Ferrell had a very good freshman year, averaging 7.6 points and 4.1 assists per game.
The 2013-14 season should be a banner one for him.
He's a year older and wiser. He's more comfortable with head coach Tom Crean's system. The mistakes and learning curve of a season ago should be a thing of the past.
He had a productive offseason by improving his three-point shot and participating at the World University Games. During the tournament, he more than held his own, averaging 10.3 points and 4.4 assists per game.
These are two signs that a monster year is in the making.
Ferrell's role for the Hoosiers is very important. He sets the tempo and controls the Hoosiers' offense.
A season ago, he was tasked with getting the ball to the team's more experienced players. He wasn't supposed to try to take over the game. Ferrell scored when he had open opportunities to do so.
This year, things will be different. Expect Ferrell to be much more aggressive and attack relentlessly.
He will either find the open man when double-teamed or make a close range shot himself. Either way, Ferrell will be the Hoosiers' creator and playmaker.
He probably won't score the most points or grab the most rebounds. Most people won't believe Ferrell is the team's best player.
Despite this, by the end of the year, he will be Indiana's most important player.