Perea says neither Adams, Elite influenced decision

One person that didn’t talk to ESPN.com’s Mike Fish for the A-HOPE investigative stories that were published last month was Hanner Perea, the 6-foot-8 forward from Colombia that verbally committed to Indiana last October.

At last night’s Junior-Senior All-Star exhibition in Kokomo, Herald-Times beat reporter Dustin Dopirak asked Perea for his reaction to insinuations in ESPN’s story that Perea was pushed to Indiana by Mark Adams and Indiana Elite:

“People said they are trying to make me go to IU. I picked IU because that’s where I feel good. I feel that I’m going to be in a nice place with good people around me. That’s why I picked IU. … They never tried to push me. The first thing they told me was I could go anywhere I want. I like IU. I’ve been around IU a lot, so that’s why I picked them.”

Perea also told Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star that while he read the story, he did nothing wrong and that the truth will come out in the end:

“I read it. I didn’t know somebody was doing a story like that. Not everything they said is true so I’m not going to worry about it. I haven’t done anything wrong.

“I’m just going to keep playing and doing what I’m doing. In the end, everyone will know what is true. When I first saw it, it bothered me but I just have keep moving ahead.”

While this story will continue to come up as a discussion piece between now and the time of Indiana’s first practice in the fall of 2012, the final outcome will be determined by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

If, as Mark Adams told Dopirak, IU’s compliance folks and the NCAA are both aware and comfortable with everything that has taken place, this should be a non-issue moving forward.

  • Anonymous

    I may have my IU blinders on, but I believe Hanner if what he says is true. Even if the NCAA doesn’t believe him or Adams the most I see happening is having to sit out a couple games to start the year. Hanner can’t wait for that first dunk at The Hall!!!

  • Casey B.

     BOOM. ROASTED.

  • Anonymous

    No matter what the real shame here is that kids like Perea are exploited so frequently.  If Mike Fish was really interested in being a journalist he would have focused on the intricacies of those issues rather than try and just make a story big time by spinning it to make a top program look bad.

  • Anonymous

    No matter what the real shame here is that kids like Perea are exploited so frequently.  If Mike Fish was really interested in being a journalist he would have focused on the intricacies of those issues rather than try and just make a story big time by spinning it to make a top program look bad.

  • Anonymous

    No matter what the real shame here is that kids like Perea are exploited so frequently.  If Mike Fish was really interested in being a journalist he would have focused on the intricacies of those issues rather than try and just make a story big time by spinning it to make a top program look bad.

  • oldred1976

    The many gaffs that were pointed out in Fish’s story,should at least cause disbelief in the average reader. My particular favorite is “four high schools in four years” Hanner is a junior
        I personally think some kind of retraction should be printed by Fish on Hanner’s behalf when this is finally buried by the NCAA.
     On another note at the risk of sounding tacky where’s the Free Hanner shirts?

  • Jon

    Agreed… It’s a shame that there won’t be some sort of punishment handed to Fish if everything turns out to be fine.  By no means do I claim to know anything about the law, but you’d think his insinuations and ESPN’s lack of integrity by posting this article should be grounds for some sort of defamation case.

  • Jon

    Agreed… It’s a shame that there won’t be some sort of punishment handed to Fish if everything turns out to be fine.  By no means do I claim to know anything about the law, but you’d think his insinuations and ESPN’s lack of integrity by posting this article should be grounds for some sort of defamation case.

  • Jon

    Agreed… It’s a shame that there won’t be some sort of punishment handed to Fish if everything turns out to be fine.  By no means do I claim to know anything about the law, but you’d think his insinuations and ESPN’s lack of integrity by posting this article should be grounds for some sort of defamation case.

  • Matt21

    I’m sure Hanner will get by the clearing house but he most likely might have to repay for the computer and other small items and maybe even sit a few games. 

    He will however throw down a ton of dunks on Purdue the rest of the Big Ten over his career!

    Fish was reaching but if he didn’t no one would read the story. I’m over it.

  • Matt21

    I’m sure Hanner will get by the clearing house but he most likely might have to repay for the computer and other small items and maybe even sit a few games. 

    He will however throw down a ton of dunks on Purdue the rest of the Big Ten over his career!

    Fish was reaching but if he didn’t no one would read the story. I’m over it.

  • RobD

    This is just one of the soon to be common examples of ESPN’s competition with TMZ Sports. TMZ reports this kind of scandalous stuff, so now ESPN has to do the same to keep pace–because people read it.

  • HoosierDavey

    This kinda reminds me of “The Blind Side” movie where the “NCAA” was thinking the kid wasn’t making his own decisions on the school he chose.  The truth came out when they actually heard from the kid himself.  Love how Fish didn’t even print Hanner’s side of things…great “journalism” ESPN!  (sarcasm, sarcasm)

  • MillaRed

    I still believe it was a witch hunt. There was no story here. So what pushes it to the front page of ESPNo News?

    IU has a target on its back. And I still don’t know why. Was RMK that hated?

  • Anonymous

    How ’bout a shirt that says “If I caught that Fish I’d throw it back”

  • Anonymous

    If Hanner is being truthful, and I believe he is, I’d like to see him file a defamation of character suit.  He may not win the suit because to be found guilty of slander you have to prove the information was not only incorrect, but that incorrect information was intentionally presented to defame one’s character; however, at the very least it would show Fish as a shoddy, incompetent reporter.

  • Leedaddy23

    I think ESPN has a guy who lives in Btown just waiting for a good story to post. I mean when we had BK, I think the guy slept at the hall…lol

  • Chromeburn

    That costs money. He can’t pay the bill, so someone else would have to in his name or someone would have to work pro-bono. I’m sure ESPN has some great lawyers on retainer, it would take a lot of time to sue them and Fish was fairly careful about saying something concrete. He dodges the issue a lot in his article and interview. Pretty hard to prove a defamation of character from insinuations, but if anyone wants to tackle it, I’ll root for him. It was just a sleazy thing all the way around.

  • jaywiz

    Mike Fish is Bush League.

  • jaywiz

    Mike Fish is Bush League.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ocean2026 steve fischer

    When Baylor got exposed in its recruiting violations with Hanner wasn’t one of the comments they made “If you don’t play for us you’ll be back in Colombia?”

  • Anonymous

    If you read between the lines, Hanner just said the ESPN story is a bunch of lies? Also this story of half truths indicated/said Drew Adams was hired strictly because he was Mark’s son and knew AAU kids, if so why did he get a better gig as a full fledge Asst. coach with Alford? Should Mexico be under the same story of lies by ESPN now? ESPN should stay with opinion based commentary and stay away from fact based reporting.

  • Anonymous

    And didn’t the Drew from dirty water Baylor just get a clean job taking over for his dad Homer@ Valpo? Valpo has feasted on imported big men over the years, and yet never a problem? Valpo better hope Drew listens to dad Yoda/Homer ummm yes will be the way to go.

  • oldmanfan

    Problem is, Fish and ESPN pretty much embarassed themselves and now
    they will have to subject IU to an continuous anal exam for the next few years
    in a hope that they can justify the egg that they laid.

  • MPmichael2000

     Why should they? It’s just news. Who cares if they run all over people to get what they want. Who cares if they hurt others or even ruin peoples lives- it’s just news man. Just ask the Indy Watchdogs- Good old Jack Rhinehart can tell you all about.

  • Anonymous

    DT, have you been drinking again? I’m not sure Mexico is part of the National Collegiate Athletics Association, since it is afterall merely “National” instead of “International”  …check me on that, make sure i didn’t miss something.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if Steiger would take this case pro-bono.

  • Anonymous

    Idiot DP
    Alford coaches in the “state” of New Mexico. The Mexico reference was to his school. . . Try and stay up

  • Anonymous

    Idiot DP
    Alford coaches in the “state” of New Mexico. The Mexico reference was to his school. . . Try and stay up

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