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Indiana's Yogi Ferrell writes fond farewell to Hoosiers

By Alex Butler   |   March 28, 2016 at 9:02 PM

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., March 28 (UPI) -- Yogi Ferrell might still be wearing crimson and white, wherever he is.

Ferrell, who joked with the Indianapolis Star about not wanting to take off the No. 11 he made iconic, said goodbye to Indiana fans the only way he knew how on Monday. Like his play on the court, Ferrell made farewell look easier than it probably was.

"As I look back at the 4 years I have had at Indiana University, I can think about how Hoosier nation has treated me not only as a basketball player, but as a person as well," Ferrell wrote on Instagram, as a caption to a picture of him on senior night. "The love and support I have received these past 4 years have been something special and I'm forever grateful to have played for such a historic university. I gave everything I had all 4 years day in and day out because I wanted to learn, adapt, and grow. That's why to come up short this year hurts but I'm proud of this team because we showed a will and resiliency that was unlike any other team I've played with. All the teammates I have had are my brothers for life and I am fortunate to have the friendships I have made. Through all the ups and downs I can say that I've become a better man and a better player. The best memories of my life have been playing for this university. I'm proud to say I am a Hoosier for life. #IUBB #11#ForIndiana."

The senior point guard's college playing career came to an end Friday, when the Hoosiers fell 101-86 to North Carolina in the sweet 16.

As I look back at the 4 years I have had at Indiana University, I can think about how Hoosier nation has treated me not only as a basketball player, but as a person as well. The love and support I have received these past 4 years have been something special and I'm forever grateful to have played for such a historic university. I gave everything I had all 4 years day in and day out because I wanted to learn, adapt, and grow. That's why to come up short this year hurts but I'm proud of this team because we showed a will and resiliency that was unlike any other team I've played with. All the teammates I have had are my brothers for life and I am fortunate to have the friendships I have made. Through all the ups and downs I can say that I've become a better man and a better player. The best memories of my life have been playing for this university. I'm proud to say I am a Hoosier for life. #IUBB #11 #ForIndiana

A photo posted by Kevin Yogi Ferrell (@yogiferre11) on

Ferrell scored 25 points in the loss, while adding four assists and three rebounds. Ferrell averaged 17.3 points game this season and 14.5 points per game in his four years at Indiana.

Draft Express has Ferrell slotted at the No. 56 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

"Yogi is leaving here as one of the great winners," Indiana coach Tom Crean told the Star last week. "Nobody's gonna be able to take that away from him."

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