Q & A: Hanner Mosquera-Perea at ESPN’s NHSI

The ESPN National High School Invitational ran from Thursday through Saturday at Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Md. and Indiana 2012 commit Hanner Mosquera-Perea participated. He had 10 points in La Lumiere’s 62-54 loss to Montverde (Fla) in the opening round.

Despite an early defeat, the Lakers stayed in the Washington D.C. area for the remainder of the weekend. Inside The Hall’s Greg Rosenstein caught up with Perea on Saturday as he watched the tournament title game:

On how he did against Montverde:

“I didn’t play my best. We didn’t have a very good start and our guards played kind of nervous. I didn’t get to touch the ball that much in the first half, but in the end I had a few rebounds and was able to score.”

On the tournament overall:

“We’ve been working for this for a long time. Me and some of my teammates wanted to come here for two years now and play against all of these great players on T.V. for a national championship. It was a great experience.”

On watching Indiana make the Sweet Sixteen:

“It was amazing. I know a lot of people didn’t expect them to be that good this year, but I always knew Coach Crean would find a way to get the team better. It was amazing to see them go that far and it makes me want to play for them even more. Next year I think we can go even further.”

On his excitement to get to campus:

“I’m really excited. I’m looking forward to the workouts, the gym, the weight room and everything. I’m not sure when exactly, but I’ll be there sometime this summer.”

On if he’s spoken to Coach Crean recently:

“He came to our last practice back home. He said he came to see what I needed to work on before next year. We spoke a little bit. He said they were looking forward to having me there.”

On what he hopes to contribute next season:

“I’m going to do the best I can. Rebound. Scoring. I’m going to play the hardest I can every single game.”

On what he worked on the most this past season:

“My timing. I worked on not rushing my moves and taking my time and finishing around the basket.”

On his plans the next few months:

“I’ll go back to school, have about ten days off (for Spring Break) and then start going to the weight room and gym.

“I’m going to work on my handles and my shot. I’m also going to get more weight so
whenever I get to IU, everything won’t be too hard for me.”

On playing again with former high school teammate and IU commit Peter Jurkin:

“I’m really excited. It’s been two years since I last saw him because he didn’t play AAU with us this past summer. I still talk to him a lot. I hear he’s played really good and has gotten bigger.”

  • Dandy Don

    I have not seen much of Hanner’s play, but it is my understanding that he was not really used as he should have been and the guard play could have been a contributing factor.  Don’t worry Hanner IU will use you and we have guards there and coming (Yogi) that will get you the ball and utilize your abilities!  For example most all star games are controlled by the guards – believe me you will fill a much needed role at IU!

  • http://www.vccm.net/ iubase

    HP will be a game changer and flourish under CTC.  VO type skills in a bigger frame.  I can’t wait to see VO, HP and CZ filling the lanes and Yogi leading the break….it will be fun to watch….

    I thought that IU played pUKe as well as anybody in the tourney.  Not only that but CZ played Davis better than any big man.. Look fwd to the rematch with pUKe next yr.

    Jurkin is also going to be force.  Hope he can play D like Withey did….like the tools CTC has in his toolbox going into next yr….and Mo will be back as well.

  • Hoosierfan2335

    Can’t wait to see him play Friday! What I’m most excited about is how competitive practices will be next year. Each starter will have a serious contender at all times guarding him. 

  • http://twitter.com/IUMitchell Deon M

    So we adding a guy that will grab plenty of rebound/dunks along with catch a few alleys from Yogi.  WOW.   Too excited.  Those kind of plays make you lose your voice.   

  • jahhoosier

    Wow, how many recruits say that what they most look forward to is “the workouts, the gym, the weight room and everything?” It suggests to me two things:

    First, his learning curve may end shorter than I anticipated.

    Two, if a weight room is what excites him most about being an Indiana University student, young Mr. Parea is about to have his eyes opened wide as to the fairer, more…attractive qualities of Bloomington and the IU campus.

    Ahhh…that walk to class across Dunn Meadow, especially in the springtime…it was like a vision of Heaven. And I’m not talking about the flowers.

  • Bucky

    You’re right about the workouts, Jah.  Successful people don’t just visualize success.  They visualize, and then do, the work necessary to achieve success.  Big difference. 

    I wonder if Coach Crean is at least partly responsible for instilling this.  The attitude will pay big dividends to the kids no matter what they do in life.    

  • SCHoosier

    Glad to see Crean has a summer “to do” list for his recruits..assume he has the same thing for his veterans..plenty of improvement to go around.

  • MillaRed

    Not sure how many of you watched the All-star game Hanner and Hollowell were in. Man he was foul happy to the tune of 7 unofficial fouls. Did not look comfortable at all guarding the post. Real jittery. Needs to add weight and will benefit from practicing with Cody and company.

    He had a reverse alley oop that was unbelievable. Rebounded pretty well but was jacking 3’s. Overall you can see the ability but that defense was lacking big time.

    Hollowell looked pretty good.

  • http://twitter.com/btown1056 brian workman

     Where is he playing Friday and is it on tv?

  • Hoosierfan2335

    He’s playing with Hollowell and Patterson in the derby classic at freedom hall in louisville.

  • 888

    Im glad Hanner and Jurkin will have time to develop at IU. They will play next year but wont have a ton of pressure on them. Thats what we got our upperclassmen for. These two are gonna be absolute beasts in the BIG the next four years. Im looking forward to adding Trey with these two WOW!!! Cliff Alexander would be nice as well and with the Illanoy mess we should be in real good shape with him. We should be in the top 5 for the forseeable future. Like ive said before a dynasty is a coming. Back to Hanner though. NBA shoul;d be absolutely drooling over this kid. A 6’9′ guy who can jumpout of the gym. A couple years in the weight room and his verticle will be astronomical. Hell be able to hang off the top of the backboard  CTC will have him learn a midrange game and look out. Wouldve been fun to watch Davis go against Hanner after CTC has a year with him.

  • Kelin Blab

    One thing I am for certain of is Hanner will be happy to get away from the guards on his team. Some of the worse I have seen with their shot selection…tough to watch the other day.

  • SirEric

    I saw him play against Montverde. His teammates do not pass the ball at all. The PU recruit, Davis, shoots any chance he gets the ball. Hanner will benefit so much getting to a system where team ball is the name of the game. He will get to the basket when he gets his touches. He had a dunk late in the game where he jumped from one side of the rim to the other to finish with two hands. Can’t wait to get him. So explosive.

  • SirEric

    I saw him play against Montverde. His teammates do not pass the ball at all. The PU recruit, Davis, shoots any chance he gets the ball. Hanner will benefit so much getting to a system where team ball is the name of the game. He will get to the basket when he gets his touches. He had a dunk late in the game where he jumped from one side of the rim to the other to finish with two hands. Can’t wait to get him. So explosive.

  • CH

    Yea, Hanner still needs a little work but what an athlete. He might be the most athletic guy to ever play at IU. Cant wait to see Yogi throw it up and Hanner throw it down.

  • Hardwood83

    I agree about HP & Jurkin needing time to develop. A lot of comments on here seem to indicate IU will have 4 freshmen & Zeller starting next season. It’s very rare for a freshman to come in and play consistently well. Even Zeller had some struggles in conference play, and he is great. From what I’ve gathered Hanner is an incredible athlete- but only a solid ball player. He’ll need to develop a fair amount to be a contributor for IU. Jurkin even more so. I would guess only Ferrel & Hollowell are ready to step into the regular rotation. 

    I’m quite excited about the Movement, but realistic about their immediate impact. If CWat leaves I think IU will be pretty thin along the front-court.

  • Hardwood83

    I agree about HP & Jurkin needing time to develop. A lot of comments on here seem to indicate IU will have 4 freshmen & Zeller starting next season. It’s very rare for a freshman to come in and play consistently well. Even Zeller had some struggles in conference play, and he is great. From what I’ve gathered Hanner is an incredible athlete- but only a solid ball player. He’ll need to develop a fair amount to be a contributor for IU. Jurkin even more so. I would guess only Ferrel & Hollowell are ready to step into the regular rotation. 

    I’m quite excited about the Movement, but realistic about their immediate impact. If CWat leaves I think IU will be pretty thin along the front-court.

  • Mr_Howard8h

     I don’t think you fully understood what jahhoosier was alluding to.

  • Oldguyy

    I was actually impressed by his 3s.  All three of them nearly went in, but didn’t.  Not too bad for a guy who reputedly can’t shoot.  But you’re right; Hollowell looked good. He has a very good shot, but can defend, handle the ball, and pass, too.  Of course, his cousin didn’t mind passing him the sugar, either, so he actually got the ball sometimes.

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    Next years team will be incredibly fast and athletic ….most exciting team to watch 

  • Bucky

    I didn’t realize that me referring to the workouts in the first part of his 2-part post wouldn’t be fully understood.  My mistake.

  • Bucky

    I didn’t realize that me referring to the workouts in the first part of his 2-part post wouldn’t be fully understood.  My mistake.

  • marcusgresham

    Barring injury no more than one freshman will start at at time next year (and even then, likely only to “light a fire” under others.)

  • marcusgresham

    Nitpicking, (and I don’t know his FT %,) but it looks like his release is going a bit out instead of straight.
    Dude’s already built like a man, though.

  • Southern Hoosier

    IU took a big jump during the summer workouts last year and will need to do the same thing this year in order to live up to the expectations. We need to maintain the energy level of “something to prove” in order to be really good. I don’t like building up the expectations to far because all we have to do is look at Ohio State. With all their talent this year and at times it looked like they were playing uninspired basketball and like they deserved to win and not like they wanted to win. This can be a special team at IU, but they have a lot of work ahead of them in a lot of areas before they can even think about winning a Big Ten title and even the 6th banner.   

  • SCHoosier

    Davis against Perea..you are kidding right?

  • SCHoosier

    thank you…I think Hanner..because of his athletic ability is way over hyped right now. One scout on a rating service talked about his fouling (lot of bench time)..lacking a real offensive game execpt for dunking. Don’t get me wrong..this kid has unlimited potential and I think Crean will tae it..but he will play like a true freshmen next year. Kidd-Gilchrist he ain’t. But he is OURS:)

  • Daburns0

    Is Ronnie Johnson his cousin? I did not know that.

  • HoosierPat

    I can’t wait to see Hanner play. Is it October 15 yet?

  • Theartwithoutheart

    Hanner Perea was number 9 on Sports Center Top 10 the other Night…BEAST!!!

  • Evansville Hoosier

    He’s got the stature to put on Patric Young muscle, if he works hard.

  • http://twitter.com/btown1056 brian workman

    Is it on TV

  • IURob1997

    I can’t wait to see them all Friday. Especially Hanner. Just wish Yogi would be here.

  • 888

    Not after Hanner gets a year under his belt. Davis isnt a offensive beast. Have you seen Hanner jump. Yes hes raw but considering the way hes been used hes came along nicely. Hes more explosive than davis. Davis is only an inch taller and we dont need Hanner to score just keep him off the boards and harass him. Parea kicked Andre Drummond around too without CTCs help. Hanner is the most athletic player in 2012 and has alot to work with and I wouldnt be surprised if he ends up the best pro of the bunch with his God given ability. He just needs to develop.

  • Hoosierfan2335

    I don’t think it will be. It will be on 99.7 if you are in the louisville area.

  • http://twitter.com/btown1056 brian workman

     No I live in Bloomington but I will find a way to pick it up and at least listen to it, thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/btown1056 brian workman

    Anyone know if the Derby Classic is going to be on tv Friday with Perea, Hollowell and Patterson playing?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Robling/100000258874944 Jon Robling

    I’m trying to think of a former player that I could compare Hanner to, and i really don’t think that IU has ever had a guy, at least in the last 20 years, that’s like him.  I’m so glad that Hanner is coming into IU with plenty of depth on the roster.  I think that will allow him to come along easier and develop without having to try to do too much.  We really need Hanner to fill in for Tom’s spot in the rotation and that would be playing Defense and Rebounding, and i’m hoping finish around the basket much more than Tom, no offense Tom. 

    A lot of people seem to think that a lot of these freshman are going to take over for some of our veterans in the starting lineup.  I will say, that I don’t agree with that notion too much, but out of all the freshman, and the remaining depth at each position that IU possesses, I see Hanner having the most realistic possibility of starting the most games out of the incoming freshman class.  Man it feels good to have these kind of conversations!  Go Hoosiers!  

  • MillaRed

    I agree. Hanner will not be counted on to do too much and can develop at his pace. Unlike poor Verdell, Pritch and company. Those days are officially a thing of the past.

  • http://twitter.com/erikholm Erik Holm

    I agree.  I saw the two games Hanner played on ESPNU this last week.  He converted on a couple alleys. He missed all of his outside shots. He only attempted a couple post moves, but didn’t convert on those either. He did get fouled a couple times. He wasn’t big on the rebounding end either, he got a few that came his way. He was way out of position on rebounds. The kid needs a LOT of work. Physically he looks like a basketball player, but in game situations, he doesn’t. It looked like he was completely lost out there versus Hollowell who played and flowed with the game great. I know I’m being overly critical and the games were against great talent. But, he needs a LOT of work on ALL aspects of his game. He may play sparingly this next year to eat some fouls. I expect him to get better as the years go on. Don’t count him for much this year. Does anyone else strongly concur or disagree that he is all potential? Trust me, I hope I’m wrong..but I was very disappointed watching him play.

  • Kelin Blab

    Ray Tolbert comes to mind

  • Kelin Blab

    Ray Tolbert comes to mind

  • http://twitter.com/btown1056 brian workman

     Of all the incoming guys I would have to say Yogi will start the most, probably every game. He is a much better point guard than IU has had in years. Jordy may move to the 2 spot but will only run the point when Yogi is on the bench.

  • HoosierMan

    Exactly what i was thinking. Also there was a guy maybe in the mid 90s named Andre Harris, I think, that was a great rim rattler. He wasn’t at IU long but he was fun to watch when he was on his game

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Robling/100000258874944 Jon Robling

     I can see that in certain situations, Brian.  But i don’t think it’s realistic to have two 6 foot guys on the court at the same time when we are playing top 25 teams.  Defensively it wouldn’t make much sense.  Yogi i’m sure will get some starts but I see Hanner starting more than him because of the necessity of that position in our lineup, especially if Watford leaves.  Jordan has started about every game to my knowledge in his 3 years, so there’s no way he goes to the bench for Yogi.

  • John

    From what I’ve heard and seen, HP is still a little raw.  I wouldn’t expect too much as a freshman.  Could be another Andre Patterson, who was ranked much higher in his class.  I am afraid he would get eaten alive by Michigan’s frosh McGarry (I still wonder if/why IU didn’t pursue him like white on rice).  I fear that if Cody leaves after his soph season, we won’t have much inside ….   HP and PJ are athletic but not too polished yet, and besides them we’ll have a freshman not too well-known.    

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