Dallas Mavericks

Yogi Ferrell wins rookie of the month award

Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell averaged 12 points and five assists per game in February.
Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell averaged 12 points and five assists per game in February. AP

The big splash for Yogi Ferrell continued Thursday when the Dallas Mavericks’ point guard was named as the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for his work during the month of February.

It’s the first time a Mavericks player was named rookie of the month since Devin Harris in November of 2004.

Ferrell averaged 12.2 points and 5.1 assists per game in February, and also shot 41.8 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from behind the 3-point line.

The 6-1 product of Indianapolis, Ind., was playing for the Long Island Nets of the National Basketball Development League before signing a 10-day contract with the Mavericks on Jan. 28.

After Ferrell led the Mavericks to wins over San Antonio, Cleveland and Philadelphia, owner Mark Cuban didn’t wait to sign the ex-Indiana University player to a second 10-day contract. Instead, Cuban skipped that process and signed Ferrell to a two-year contract that pays him $208,000 this season and $1.3 million next season.

“It feels great,’’ Ferrell said of Thursday’s award. “Actually, being in this league for no longer than such and such weeks, I came in here with a lot of confidence, a chip on my shoulders, being undrafted, not getting invited to the combine – all of that.

“I stayed with it, I never doubted myself, I never doubted by ability. I came into a great situation in Dallas, a great organization, wanted me, had confidence in me and just let me rock.’’

Ferrell has started 11 of the 14 games he’s played for the Mavericks and made former starting point guard Deron Williams expendable. The Mavericks waived Williams last week. Williams is now with Cleveland.

“So well-deserved,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said of Ferrell’s honor. “This recognition proves that there is untapped talent out there and that hard, enthusiastic play does not go unnoticed in the NBA."

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