Scouting Report: 2012 commit Hanner Perea

  • 11/01/2010 2:08 pm in

Joe Eberhardt is a high school sports blogger and contributor to Inside the Hall. You can follow him on twitter at @IndyHoopsBlog.

The first time I watched Hanner Perea play, I knew how good he was in a matter of seconds. Ironically, it was in Indiana University’s Assembly Hall. In one sequence, he blocked a shot and recovered the ball, threw it to a teammate, sprinted down the floor, and literally jumped over an opposing player to throw down a vicious two-handed alley-oop dunk.

Most Impressive: The first thing that stands out about Perea is his natural athletic ability, strength and length. He uses his great leaping ability to score in the paint with an array of thunderous dunks. Hanner’s athleticism also stands out on the defensive end where he blocks plenty of shots and alters many more. He can block shots when his man goes up for an attempt, or rotate over to the weak side to block a shot by a penetrating opponent. Perea can run the floor as fast and hard as any big man I’ve ever seen, whether racing down court to catch an alley-oop pass, or to block a shot on the defensive end. Hanner’s athleticism and strong hands help him as a rebounder, especially on the offensive end, where he uses great timing to often thrown down put-back dunks. Although big men aren’t usually known for their great free throw shooting abilities, Hanner has a nice stroke from the foul line and is able to convert free throws consistently.

Needs Improvement: The majority of Perea’s offensive production comes from offensive rebounds, alley-oops and wide-open dunks. He’s occasionally shown a nice short-range hook shot, but it needs to develop consistency. If he could add a consistent mid-range jump shot or go-to post move, his offensive game would become even more dangerous. Becoming comfortable with the ball in his hands would also be a great step towards expanding his offensive game. If Perea could create his own shot off the dribble or get to the rim, he would be a nightmare to defend. Another area Hanner could improve is his decision making when going up for a shot near the basket. Often he will try too hard to dunk a shot that could be easily converted as a layup.

Conclusion: Perea will arrive in Bloomington poised to make an immediate impact on both ends of the floor. He’ll be an intimidating presence as a shot blocker and defender down low. On offense, he’ll have to adjust to playing against players as strong as him, but his athleticism and ability to finish down low won’t be denied. Perea should excel running the break and will be a fan favorite as a dunker. Expanding his offensive game outside the paint would help him make an even bigger impact at Indiana, but he’ll be productive regardless. Hanner Perea will be one of the most physically gifted players in the Big Ten from the get go.

(Photo credit: Jack Arent/adidas)

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  • BaseballBuc

    I have exausted my comments for Perea lately. So all I will say is he is an absolute beast, who should dominate from the get go.

  • stonaroni

    The guy dunks like Shaq. If he can hit 2 10′ shots a night and score on 3 put backs/fast break dunks, we are in business….immediately in 2012.

  • RobD

    seen a lot of dunks from Hanner. Can he shoot? Any hook shot?

  • Towards the end of the summer I saw him knock down a short (4-6′) right-handed hook a couple times. It looked shaky, but he had gained some confidence in it, you could tell.

    Not a good shooter at this point, but he doesn’t have to be. He also has time to develop this. He doesn’t have to be Raef LaFrentz, but if they leave him open and he just knocks down the 8 footer then that’s huge.

  • Hoosiers2006

    Can’t wait for the half court alley-oops from Hulls to Perea. Those will get the crowd going.

  • Hoosiers2006

    Can’t wait for the half court alley-oops from Hulls to Perea. Those will get the crowd going.

  • Kari_tyler

    This kid still has a crazy upside… Cody is a great get. Perea NBA first rounder!

  • IUbballguy3585

    All aboard the Perea Train (cue Crazy Train Remix “Lets Go” by lil’ jon, Trick Daddy and Twista).

    The line has been drawn for all you haters of late: pUKe, Pur-don’t, Willini. Ready or not, the Hoosier Basketball Nation is coming for ya.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Not to take away from the topic and I wanted to discuss it on the last thread but we were already over 300 comments and it might have gotten over looked. So I thought I would bring it up now.

    Last night during our Halloween dinner, right before we took the kid’os out from trick or treat, my fellow IU alum asked if I had the chance to see the KY scrimmage? I hadn’t and of course we both can’t stand KY but he did say that they looked pretty fluid. Meaning that they already showed some chemistry as a team.

    I know it has been been discuss indirectly but what I would like to point out is the fact that our 2011 & 2012 classes (to be) has been playing together on the Indiana Elite AAU team. If we get Zeller, Yogi and the rest of the gang playing for IU….Can you just imagine after a few years at IU how long that they would have played together and the Chemistry that our team will have years to come. You can’t teach that.

    Keep up the great recruiting CTC & company. May many more Indiana AAU kids come play for the Great Hoosier Nation. Banner #6 is in the making.
    BC

  • Red Valkrie

    First time poster. I’m only 12 years old and have been to AH several times with my dad. I love the place. My dad keeps me updated on all of the good IU info. I’m been wanting to post for awhile now and my dad is helping me getting started. Maybe one day I’ll go to IU for college, as my dad keeps on telling me. I’ll try to be as professional as possible but you won’t have to worry about me being an IU fan…thanks to dad who is bleeding crimson.
    I think Hanner will be one of my favorite players.
    RV

  • Red Valkrie

    First time poster. I’m only 12 years old and have been to AH several times with my dad. I love the place. My dad keeps me updated on all of the good IU info. I’m been wanting to post for awhile now and my dad is helping me getting started. Maybe one day I’ll go to IU for college, as my dad keeps on telling me. I’ll try to be as professional as possible but you won’t have to worry about me being an IU fan…thanks to dad who is bleeding crimson.
    I think Hanner will be one of my favorite players.
    RV

  • Yogi Kelin Zeller

    Joe…..

    + Two things, who would you compare Perea too from the collegiate level (my old school thoughts are Ray Tolbert)

    + Simple question, is Perea a one and done?

  • Yogi Kelin Zeller

    Joe…..

    + Two things, who would you compare Perea too from the collegiate level (my old school thoughts are Ray Tolbert)

    + Simple question, is Perea a one and done?

  • MillaRed

    It’s funny we are talking about his shooting. The kid is what, 16 1/2 years old tops? With that body he’s lucky he can walk and talk at the same time.

    My little brother was 6’4″ at that age and the poor kid tripped over his own feet three times a day.

    Hanner has two high school seasons to master a 10 footer. He will be fine.

    I could not have reached that ball on two jumps. Wow.

  • Carl

    I haven’t been this excited for a recruit since Tom Coverdale. This kid is a game changer and will eventually be a first round draft pick after a couple years. If I had to compare him I would say a mix between Calbert Cheaney, Vince Carter, Bill Walton, and Nate Robinson. I think his game will be comparable to these 4 if you could mix the best characteristic of each of them and make one player. WE’RE BACK LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!!!

  • I can see some similarities between him and a young Hakim Warrick. Since then, Warrick has been able to knock down jumpers in the NBA, but like we said, plenty of time for him to improve that. If you want to see a cool video, youtube search Hakim Warrick top 10 dunks. I do think Hanner has the talent to be a one and done, but I don’t know if he wants to be?

  • Anonymous

    Welcome aboard RV. I was a little younger than you when I became a passionate IU basketball fanatic. You will have so many wonderful memories as you grow up to pass on to your children and grandchildren. Work on the fundamentals and box out. Perhaps one day you will hear your name chanted and the roar of the crowd from the Hoosier faithful.

  • I’ll expand on my last comment since I wrote it from my cell. Here’s a good Hakim Warrick video. Warrick has been able to consistently knock down the short/mid-range j and has even made some 3’s in the past 3 years in the NBA. In college he was mainly known for his big time athleticism and his dunks.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-8SkWsoJio

    As for the NBA, I do think he could be a one and done because he is strong, athletic, and explosive. A lot of times the NBA’s Theory is that you take the guys who have the unteachable skills and hope to teach them better defense, better skills, etc. I don’t know if Hanner and his inner circle want him to be a one and done or if he wants to spend a few years in Bloomington. He has the athleticism and physical talent to be a first rounder after his FR year.

  • Priorcubs

    Hulls cant even beat out Daniel Moore, so I doubt he’ll be able to beat out Yogi when he decides to commit

  • Another play I could see a Warrick/Perea type player making.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ApgAmx0rqc

  • Yogi Kelin Zeller

    What makes this play even better is Rafferty. Sorry but I love Rafferty…

    1. Fish
    2. Gus Johnson
    3. Rafferty
    4. Musberger
    5. Vitale is tolerable, yet a really nice guy.

  • Any chance Blake Griffin is a decent comparison? I read this about Griffin in an article today and my thoughts immediately leapt to Perea:

    “He’s quick off his feet, explosive, aggressive and has great hands,” the scout said. “He needs work on his post moves, but in our league he will get a lot of offensive rebounds for baskets. He runs really well… He has a huge upside because he is so active.”

    “He’s a great athlete who plays basketball,” Del Negro said. “We have to make him a great basketball player who is incredibly athletic. That’s not going to happen overnight, but he’s such a great kid with the right demeanor and work ethic. He wants it and will put in the work.”

  • GFDave

    Ray is a good choice in terms of build and athleticism.

    I watched a replay of the ’81 title game a while ago and Ray did a great job coming out to meet the ball and swing it to the weak side. He did that over and over again. He had a big impact in that game while sacrificing all notions of his own game.

    There were so many great players on the court in that game. It doesn’t work that way anymore.

  • GFDave

    Ray is a good choice in terms of build and athleticism.

    I watched a replay of the ’81 title game a while ago and Ray did a great job coming out to meet the ball and swing it to the weak side. He did that over and over again. He had a big impact in that game while sacrificing all notions of his own game.

    There were so many great players on the court in that game. It doesn’t work that way anymore.

  • stonaroni

    Musberger? Really? Off the record but you should google the Brent Musberger drinking game. It centers around his football play by play, but it is hilarious.

  • RobD

    Agree on that; his reported reliability from the FT line makes him valuable as well.

  • He can do some things similar to Griffin, but he’s not as tall or as strong as Griffin. I think Griffin is more comfortable with the ball in his hands too (even at age 17). I like the Warrick comparison because their measurable are nearly identical and their skill sets are moving along similarly.

    HP- 6’8/6’9 210
    HW 6’9 219

    Not splitting hairs, I just think BG is too lofty a comparison at this time.

  • Anonymous

    Vitale(Duke) come on didnt know his name could be said or typed without a duke reference

  • Q95

    what does his free throw look like?

  • Joe

    This kid hasn’t had to practice a jump shot! Why would he ever settle for a jump shot when he can go dunk on anybody! He’ll need a jump shot sooner or later, but right now, who cares!!?

  • Would also compare him to Gerald Green – who played for the Celtics sparingly. He won some dunk contests and is out of the nba. I think the Warrick comp is the upside and feel if he stays at IU for more than one year then he has a better chance of developing the much needed handle and midrange game to be a starter in the nba (like Warrick) and not a role player back and forth between the nba and D league (aka Green).

  • Yogi Kelin Zeller

    ON a Perea related note….new video of Jurkin…..BIG TIME double block at 50 seconds…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0co5RaNCaXU

  • Anonymous

    Something that has been been mentioned but I feel needs emphasized is the time Hanner still has before he comes to IU. He is entering his junior season and he will continue to build his basketball skills.

    Things like shooting touch, dribbling, passing, defensive position, etc. can be taught and practiced. He can lift weights and get physically stronger in that time frame as well. The one thing his high school, AAU and coaches at IU cannot teach is size and athleticism. It is obvious that Hanner has those things.

  • Anonymous

    gerald green was more of a perimeter player though. i like the hakim warrick comparison, not as long as warrick but close. another one to throw out there is julian wright, kid from homewood flossmoor and kansas. hanner has better strength but they both excel at running the floor and using their athleticism on both ends.

  • Anonymous

    UK should be somewhat familiar with one another because they got to play a few games in Canada this summer.

  • Anonymous

    Take a good look at the picture accompanying this post—Hanner’s hands are enormous.

  • Tpksummers

    Yeah, I mean, there are lot of really athletic guys in the association. It’s a little disconcerting to hear the raving about a kid who’s coming to play basketball and his two biggest weaknesses are he can’t dribble and he can’t shoot. Anybody remember Darius Miles? Is that a comparison? I mean, he still made millions.

  • Yogi Kelin Zeller

    Hanner is NOT done growing….

  • No, that’s great; that’s why I asked. Thanks, Joe!

  • I have taken x-rays of his growth plates and I can confirm that they are still open. He probably has 17 more inches to grow.

  • (Yes, 17 inches means he’ll be 8’1″ by the time it’s all over.)

  • yet-to-be-impressed

    Andre Patterson. Both were splashy recruits. Very similar: both are athletic forwards, both are very limited offensively. Like Patterson, I’m afraid Parea may end up as little more than a college role player. To be a difference-maker you have to score.

  • HoosierNshaker

    Zeller needs to commit to IU or else he’ll have to matchup against this monster.

    Welcome home as a Hoosier Hanner.

  • show me the funny

    My bigger concern would be none and done. Didn’t Drew or one of his cronies from Baylor threaten to have the kid deported if he did not go to Baylor. Well, Baylor is i hot water now, but do they still try some shady back door retaliation following through with their threat?

    As far as one and done I do not see that as likely. He is rated tenth in his class.

  • The_Hall_Monitor

    Anybody know exactly how high his vertical is?

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