Top PG nets assist in state semifinal after incredible pass … off a defender’s face

Cameron Smith

Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell is one of the top senior point guards in the country, not to mention one of his senior class' top-20 recruits overall. Still, even Ferrell couldn't have imagined getting an assist like the one he did in an Indiana Class 2A semistate playoff game on Saturday.

That's because Ferrell's pass didn't go by someone, or over them. It went off them.

As you can see in the video above, which was sent in to Prep Rally from Sam Alexander of Indiana prep hoops video highlights blog, Ferrell was trying to find a way to the hoop for his Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor High squad during the team's state semifinal, 62-49 victory against Providence (Ind.) High when he found himself completely shut off just as he elevated in the lane.

Ferrell had to think quick. The results were either one of the luckiest or most clever passes you'll ever see. With three defenders closing around him but no direct outlet to teammate Trevon Bluiett, who was posting up in the paint, Ferrell sent a pass backward, out toward the right wing.

While there was a Park Tudor guard just beyond the perimeter who could have pulled in that pass and fired up a shot, the ball ended up in Bluiett's hand for an easy layup after bouncing directly off the face of a Providence defender.

Whether the pass was an intentional bounce off a defender or just the result of an odd sort of diving providence (excuse the pun) is a legitimate question. What isn't in question is that it helped spark Park Tudor, which pulled away from Providence in a tight contest by outscoring Providence 22-9 in the fourth quarter. The game was tied at 40 entering the final period.

"Yogi kept giving me the ball," Bluiett told the Indianapolis Star. "It's not on me; it's big on him for realizing that."

In one case, that even involved one heck of a circus pass, whether intentional or not.

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