Yogi Ferrell discusses his camp, IU, and what he expects with Sacramento

Yogi Ferrell, Sacramento Kings, Park Tudor School

Yogi Ferrell was back at Park Tudor Sunday for his basketball camp.

After his annual basketball camp concluded, campers ranging from 8 to 16 years old lined up in the cafeteria hallway for one last moment of one-on-one time with Yogi Ferrell.

Each camper went through the line, wrapping up with one familiar kid offering a special gift for Yogi: several Sacramento Kings hats, the first Kings gear of any kind for the NBA guard who reached agreement with the team on a two-year, $6.2 million deal Friday afternoon.

“I will always remember that kid,” Ferrell, sporting a big smile, said a short while later. “He’s a special kid. For him to give me my first Sacramento hat, as you can see, I put it on immediately because I don’t have any Sac gear right now. It was special. It just touched my heart that he was able to give me, and even my family members, a couple of my hats.”

Park Tudor School, Yogi Ferrell, Sacramento Kings, IU Basketball

Camper Eli gave Yogi his first Sacramento Kings hat.

Ferrell returned to Park Tudor, where he won a Class 2A State championship both his junior and senior seasons, to give back to kids in the community. He hosted his annual basketball camp Sunday afternoon where they focused on skills, shooting, and enjoying the game he loves.

“This is something special,” Ferrell said of his camp. “I remember when I was younger going to a lot of older guys’ camps that I looked up to so I just want to make sure it’s all full circle because it’s all about empowering the next generation and just try to make basketball as beautiful of a sports as it can be.”

It also included a special visit from several current members of the IU basketball team: 2018 Indiana Mr. Basketball Romeo Langford, Robert Phinisee, Jake Forrester, Damezi Anderson, Juwan Morgan, and grad transfer Evan Fitzner. Ferrell only played with Morgan, who is entering his senior season, during the 2015-16 season.

“(The campers) were asking me before they even came, ‘Where are the IU guys at? Where are the IU guys?’ At my camp! [laughs] That just shows how excited they were to see them,” he said.

“That just shows how strong the IU connection is. I’m definitely going to try to make it down to a game.”

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