The former Indiana standout once again gets a NBA shot. This time it’s with the Dallas Mavericks, who are owned by Mark Cuban, who is an IU grad, and who funded the Mark Cuban Center in Assembly Hall, which deals with all sorts of cool high-tech things.
Anyway, Ferrell was a four-year starter at IU who ended as the school’s career assist leader (633) and a superstar scorer with 1,986 points. He played on a pair of Big Ten title teams.
Ferrell didn’t get drafted last summer, but he did sign a free agent deal with the Brooklyn Nets, who liked him, but not enough to keep him on the roster.
He went to the D-League with the Long Island Nets, and did get a 10-game call up with Brooklyn. He did fine, averaging 5.4 points and 1.7 assists in 15.1 minutes coming off the bench.
He played in 17 games with Long Island, all starts. He averaged 18.6 points and 5.8 assists.
That impressed Dallas, which needed a point guard after injuries to Deron Williams (sprained toe), J.J. Barea (strained calf) and Pierre Jackson (hamstring).
In fact, Jackson had just been signed to a second 10-day contract when he hurt his hamstring against Oklahoma City. At that point, Jackson had totaled nine points and four assists.
The Mavericks, who were down to guards Devin Harris and Seth Curry, waived Jackson so they could sign Ferrell.
Earl K. Snead, who covers Dallas for Mav.com, fired out a series of Tweets about Ferrell. In one he quoted Dallas coach Rick Carlisle (yes, he used to coach the Pacers) as saying Ferrell is “as quick a study” as the Mavericks have ever had. Carlisle said Ferrell had a high basketball IQ. Carlisle also said that, because of all the injuries, Dallas needed players can get the ball over half-court.
Via Twitter, Snead quoted Ferrell as said, "I come from a program (at Indiana) where basketball IQ is everything."
Snead also quoted Ferrell as saying, “I think I can just add my quickness, especially offensively & defensively. Getting in the paint & being a threat offensively"