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Yogi Ferrell becomes just second undrafted Rookie of the Month in first pro season

Yogi Ferrell, Ersan Ilyasova

Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell (11) dribbles while defended by Atlanta Hawks forward Ersan Ilyasova (7), of Turkey, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 100-95. (AP Photo/AJ Reynolds)


Eight months ago, Yogi Ferrell went undrafted out of Indiana.

For February, the NBA named him Western Conference Rookie of the Month.

It’s the latest accomplishment in Ferrell’s meteoric rise, and it puts the Mavericks point guard in rare company.

Since the NBA began awarding Rookies of the Month in 1981, only one -- Grizzlies guard Tarence Kinsey (April 2007) -- earned the honor in his first professional season after going undrafted. Kinsey signed with Memphis shortly after the 2006 draft and made the regular-season roster.

Ferrell took a longer route, initially signing with the Nets then getting waived before surfacing in Dallas. He led Western Conference rookies in points (12.0) and assists (4.7) per game in February.

Five other undrafted players won Rookie of the Month:

  • Adrian Griffin (November 1999)
  • Jorge Garbajosa (December 2006)
  • Jamario Moon (January 2008)
  • Ivan Johnson (April 2012)
  • Chris Copeland (April 2013)

But all five spent at least two full seasons in lesser leagues before joining the NBA.

Ferrell is an undrafted rookie in the truest sense -- and one of the most impressive ever in his first pro season.