by: Jeff Rabjohns

Indiana University has found its point guard of the future, continuing its recruiting success of the past four months.

Park Tudor's Yogi Ferrell, one of the top juniors in the nation, has decided to play for the Hoosiers, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation.

Ferrell will announce his decision Wednesday evening prior to Park Tudor's season-opening game.

Ferrell is ranked as the No. 2 point guard in the nation in the junior class and No. 17 player overall by Rivals.

The 5-10 point guard becomes the seventh nationally ranked player to pick IU since August, in addition to a pair of other highly regarded Indianapolis players.

Coveted by a host of major programs, Ferrell eventually narrowed his list to Butler, Florida, IU, Virginia and Wake Forest.

Ferrell has been a summer teammate of Washington senior big man Cody Zeller for two years and the two have played nearly 60 games together.

After Zeller committed to IU on Nov. 11, he talked about getting Ferrell to join him.

Ferrell, who led Park Tudor to a Class 2A state runner-up finish last season, joins a cavalcade of in-state talent to declare for third-year coach Tom Crean since August.

Zeller (ranked No. 20 nationally among seniors) joined Hamilton Heights wing Austin Etherington, who committed last summer, in IU's 2011 recruiting class.

The juniors to pick IU are Ferrell, La Porte 6-8 forward Hanner Perea (No. 10), Broad Ripple shooting guard Ron Patterson (No. 78) and Charlotte, N.C., 7-0 center Peter Jurkin (No. 137).

Ferrell's commitment will put IU in the running for the top-ranked 2012 recruiting class in the nation.

The sophomores to commit to IU are Cathedral 6-6 wing Collin Hartman and Warren Central 6-6 wing Devin Davis, who made their decisions Sunday. Hartman and Davis could be nationally ranked by spring when the major scouting services announce their top 150 lists for the 2013 class.

The freshman are Tech's 6-9 Trey Lyles, ranked No. 1 in his class by ESPN, and Fort Wayne Luers' 6-2 combo guard James Blackmon Jr., ranked No. 15 by ESPN.