Q & A: Hanner Perea talks improvement, mindset

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

2012 LaPorte La Lumiere and Indiana Elite power forward Hanner Perea was Tom Crean’s first five-star recruit to commit to the Hoosiers when he gave his pledge last Halloween.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound Colombia native met with reporters after Indiana Elite’s 80-73 loss to Dream Vision at last week’s adidas Invitational to discuss a variety of topics.

Inside the Hall has a transcript of that lengthy Q & A session below:

Where’s your game at this summer? What do you want to work on? What do you want to get better at?

I’m working on my shot, my dribble, all my post moves. My game is getting better. I’ve been taking my time, thinking about what I’m going to do, what move I’m going to make. I’ve been working the most on my jump shot because I know whenever I get to college I’m going to need it.

You hit that one turnaround in the second half. How good does that feel and is that an example of what you’ve been working on?

It feels good because I know there are some people that think I can’t do anything else other than dunk. Having that in mind helps me to get better on my jump shot and get better on my post moves.

Looks like your free throws are coming along, too. Is that something you’ve been working on a lot?

Oh yeah. I have the ability to shoot free throws but I just think about it too much. I’ve been working on my mindset and everything, stuff like that. So I have been getting better with my shot.

Are you just going in the gym taking a lot of shots? Is that really what you’re doing to work on your outside shot?

Yeah. I was taking summer school and during that period of summer school I was working out with my coach, my high school coach. We were working post moves, we were taking a lot of shots every day. So that helped me a lot.

What’s your range and what would you like to get it out to? 15 feet?

I just want to be 15, 17, somewhere around that. Because I want to be able to attack the basket too. I want to learn how to play like that.

What has Tom Crean’s message to you been for your summer ball season?

He just tells me to work hard and just keep getting better and not let anything bother me. Just keep getting better and don’t worry about anything else.

Is it a little disappointing for you guys as a team, especially the Indiana commits, that you don’t have Ron (Patterson) and Peter’s (Jurkin) also hurt. I guess you kind of came into this thinking you were going to have five guys on this team. Is it disappointing not having those two guys?

Well I mean I know we’re not going to be perfect. So we just need to play through everything so I’m OK with it. We just need to keep playing and keep getting better no matter what.

This game here you guys got out to a pretty big lead and then kind of let it slip away. What do you guys need to do to regroup?

We just need to take care of the ball and think about what we’re going to do with the ball. Because we thought we were up, we thought we were going to win the game easily. We stopped playing and we stopped taking care of the ball.

You actually had four fouls pretty early. Is that something else you’re trying to work on is to cut those down?

Yeah, that’s the first time in the summer that I got foul fouls that fast. We were playing against pretty good players. I need to learn how to control myself against players like that.

Playing in this atmosphere when you have high profile coaches, high profile players, how fun is this? How pumped up do you get for something like this?

It’s really fun. I come from a place where basketball is not big and coming here and having a lot of coaches and fans coming to watch us play and everything, that means a lot to me.

Check out Inside the Hall’s video of Perea from the adidas Invitational in the embedded media players below:

  • HoosNation

    It’s obvious HP is getting better. I see a lot of Marcus camby in his game. the only problem I can see with his rebounding is that he might not get many because his teammates at IU might not miss!!! Great job as always ITH!

  • FtWayneIU

    2012-2015 is going to be an amazing time for us.  I live in Fort Wayne, and Blackmon is the real deal.  Hanner likely gone by 2014, but the tone he and others will set for the later classes will put us in dynasty potential talk.  GO HOOSIERS! 

  • FtWayneIU

    2012-2015 is going to be an amazing time for us.  I live in Fort Wayne, and Blackmon is the real deal.  Hanner likely gone by 2014, but the tone he and others will set for the later classes will put us in dynasty potential talk.  GO HOOSIERS! 

  • Jmac

    HE will be a burger boy for sure!   I believe his ratings  will continue to rise.  He has been improving a whole bunch.  The sky is the limit.  When it is all said and done, Perea will be the best of the bunch.

  • Jmac

    HE will be a burger boy for sure!   I believe his ratings  will continue to rise.  He has been improving a whole bunch.  The sky is the limit.  When it is all said and done, Perea will be the best of the bunch.

  • B_ball_baller12

    there is vast improvement, he’s game was just dunking over people and off dishes from yogi but now he’s making moves facing the basket even tho they don’t go in at this point his confidence to take them means that he’s working to ssolidify an all around game. his jump hooks and runners is what really impressed me, and his free throws looks great form wise and it’s hard to believe he’s had issues with that. I see him as a freak athlete that reminded me of the early amare stoudamire when he just dunked over everybody. same build same skill same freak athleticism. I see averaging 18 ppg at la Porte this year.

  • Anonymous

    “I know there are some people that think I can’t do anything else other
    than dunk. Having that in mind helps me to get better on my jump shot
    and get better on my post moves.”

    I like this statement.  Take it personal and use criticism as a motivation that drives you to be better.  Play with a chip on your shoulder. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think he’s gone after his sophomore year.  He’s a bit small for an NBA 4 so he’ll need to develop more wing skills.  I think he’ll have the same career change Corliss Williamson and Clarence Weatherspoon had–muscular guys in college but had to adjust to being wing defenders in the NBA.  He’s not as thick as those guys (and probably quicker,) but the low-post game is similar.

  • Anonymous

    Is that David Bromstad from HGTV blocking Hanner out?

  • Anonymous

    Is that David Bromstad from HGTV blocking Hanner out?

  • Drewp1

    I too live in ft wayne. You are right, he’s real good. Glad he is staying at Luers.

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