Crean talks Mosquera-Perea, depth and Hoosier Hysteria

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following Monday’s practice. Here are a few of the highlights:

1. Mosquera-Perea making progress

Freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell has gotten most of the talk and publicity during the offseason, and rightly so. Ferrell is expected to start, and he gives the Hoosiers an element they didn’t previously have.

But Ferrell isn’t the only freshman raising some eyebrows in the first few days of practice. Hanner Mosquera-Perea, who missed a good portion of the summer with a foot injury, has impressed Crean thus far. Mosquera-Perea was restricted to limited participation just two weeks ago, but he is quickly getting back into shape.

“It’s really amazing what he’s doing, and it’s made a big difference,” Crean said. “Two weeks ago today, he could do 30 minutes. He couldn’t even do the full 40 minutes. So to see where he’s at is just fantastic. He just brings another level of edge. It’s fun watching him get better day after day.”

2. Deeper or just more depth?

Crean was asked about the importance of the added depth provided by the four freshmen. With all five starters back from last year’s NCAA Tournament team, the Hoosiers’ depth has been a popular topic during the offseason.

“We’ve got the depth, but will we be deep?,” Crean asked. “They sound the same, but they’re really two different things. Depth a lot of times becomes bodies and athleticism. Deep is when there’s not a lot of drop off when you substitute. That’s what we have to work towards. I think we have the potential to be deep and create some havoc, but that remains to be seen. That’s an ongoing thing.”

Only time will tell if the Hoosiers can be a deep team. But their additional depth has already been felt in the first four days of practice. Crean knows IU will have to make significant strides on the defensive end if they are to accomplish their goal of winning a national title, but he said there’s already been improvement.

“We’re already better because there’s more length and more athleticism,” Crean said. “Over the last four days, just looking at how hard it is for people to score at the basket is a big thing. I think we can put a lot of pressure on the ball. The biggest thing for me is going to be like it was last year: can our transition defense keep taking steps? Can our shot clock defense keep taking steps? Because in-between, I think we’re going to be able to create a little havoc. But it’s when the breakdowns come.”

3. Hoosier Hysteria expectations

IU fans will get their first opportunity to see this year’s team in person at Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday night. Numerous key recruits are expected to be in attendance, and record crowds are expected. Crean is certainly ready to have a good time.

“I’m excited for it for a lot of reasons,” he said. “There’s so much build-up for it. It’s always been exciting, going back to year one, but I’ve never heard it talked about like it is right now. I think it will be huge for recruiting, I don’t think there’s any question about that.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the timeline tonight and seeing what we need to tweak and what we need to add. I think our crew has done a great job of putting it together. We’ve had more crowd control conversations than we have ever had, but at the same time, there is going to be room for everybody. I think by the way they’re opening the doors there won’t be that mad dash and I hope we just absolutely pack it. And I hope that everybody that runs the fire department took a trip to the Bahamas this week so we can have standing room only in there and not have anything to think about in there. Just let them all come in and have a great time. It will be a fun night. It will be very unscripted for the players.”

  • marcusgresham

    I hope that “create a little havoc” comment includes some full-court pressure at times.

  • BigD

    Will HH be on TV?

  • BigD

    Will HH be on TV?

  • http://twitter.com/IUinNap Caleb Moore

    Excited to see how having Yogi, Vic, Hanner out there improves our defense. Should be good to see.

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

    We have 3 guys now that can create a huge amount of havoc at the rim for opposing teams in Zeller, Jurkin and Perea. Its going to be nice having a second unit of five better than most starting five.

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

    We have 3 guys now that can create a huge amount of havoc at the rim for opposing teams in Zeller, Jurkin and Perea. Its going to be nice having a second unit of five better than most starting five.

  • IUMIKE1

    Off subject but, seen where Knight is selling the national championship rings he acquired while at IU. Says it’s to pay for his grandkids’ college, like he can’t afford to do that without selling something. Really sad, how can a person, (even Bob Knight), have such a high level of bitterness, after all these years and after so many people reaching out to them, that they would do something like this ? The rings are certainly his and his to do with as he pleases, but with his financial situation, this just seems to reek of, in your face, to anyone and anything IU. I know some will not change their mind about him even after this but then again those are the people that will justify anything he does or doesn’t do. If I wasn’t done with him before, I am now.

    If we hang # 6 this year the school should send him a ring to replace the ones he had to sell since that was the only way he had to help his grandkids.

  • HoosierKen73

    Can you imagine? There must be considerable potential for PJ, if after a couple of practices and a broken nose, it’s getting difficult for Cody to score at the rim. Wow, that is great for the team and for Zeller. Getting used to working underneath against extreme length and pressure will only make him better. Last year we didn’t have anyone that could do that. I am so anxious to see the likes of Hanner, Peter and Cody in action this year. Would that be hard to deal with for some teams, if they could be on the floor at the same time on occasion? Wow, talk about size. Go Hoosiers!

  • MillaRed

    I guess he is selling his Olympic gold medal too. So maybe it’s not just an IU thing. Either way, he wasn’t on my Christmas card list before this fire sale.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eardley.dan Dan Eardley

    It’s pretty presumptuous to assume you know anything about Knight’s finances. Also, try not to read into things so much. Yes, he has not been back to campus, but that’s his choice. Knight in his own words said he has no need for all this stuff (more than just IU memorabilia). “I’ve got stuff I didn’t even know I had. I don’t put anything up in the house. If you came into the house you would think I was a mailman. And I don’t even wear rings.”

  • HoosierPat

    If CTC doesn’t think there will be a mad dash, he is wrong. Last year, it was like a land rush and I expect the same this year.

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

    I’m sure once RMK days have come. The value of those rings will fetch much much more than today’s value. Lucky to get your hands on those. Investment for someone. But yeah I think he sense Banner 6.

  • A_Schick

    I may be wrong, but part of me believes you can stream it from the B1G Network website for a small price…

  • HoosierPat

    It is amazing to think back on the previous years. I remember when everyone was desperately hanging onto the future of “The Movement”. People were doubting Crean, some even wanted him fired. People wanted to bring in Brad Stevens. Look at the current state of Indiana Basketball now. IU is now the preaseason #1 and has the favorite for Player of the Year. Things have definitely changed at Indiana as the quest for the long-awaited banner 6 officially begins.

  • A_Schick

    I believe I saw a comment where he said that there are people out there who want the stuff more than him, so why not let them have it?

  • HoosierTrav

    I’m just really hoping that somehow this stuff makes its way back to Cook Hall or Assembly Hall. I hope before he passes, he makes his well overdue curtain call in the Hall. As unlikely as this scenario may be, it is something that I dream about and refuse to give up hope on.

  • HoosierTrav

    I just hope being in line by 1 PM is enough time to get good seats. I’m bringing my sister. It would be her first time in the Hall and I want it to be memorable for her.

  • stroot

    I think the big difference is that the doors will open three hours before the festivities begin. I’m sure there will still be a mad dash, but only for a comparatively small amount of people, while the other other 15,000+ who are fine with non-premium seats will filter in between 4-7.

  • stroot

    I think the big difference is that the doors will open three hours before the festivities begin. I’m sure there will still be a mad dash, but only for a comparatively small amount of people, while the other other 15,000+ who are fine with non-premium seats will filter in between 4-7.

  • IUMIKE1

    I didn’t say that I knew any of the details when it comes to his finances but I don’t really think it’s being presumptuous on my part, or anybody’s for that matter, to think that he doesn’t have to sell this stuff to have enough money to pay for 2 or 3 grandkids’ college. If it’s just him doing a little something that shouldn’t make anyone think twice then why did he feel it necessary to give numerous reasons as to why he was doing it, Bob was never someone to just put a reason out there just in case someone might be offended by what he was doing. You call it, me reading things into it, I call it my (and probably several others) opinion. I don’t call your comment reading things into what I said but rather what your opinion is. If he is selling the rings just because he doesn’t want them anymore than why not inquire if the university would like to have them to display or if it really is a money thing, and it’s not a jab at IU, why not make all parties concerned happy and ask the university if they would like to buy them, I’m sure it would not be a problem for the university to come up with a private donor that would be more than happy to write a check for the same, or more, amount of money that he would get from auctioning them off. I could see more of reason that he would get rid of some of the other stuff that he is but in the past he had spoken often and in depth about how much the university meant to him so if that is true then why do this and if it doesn’t anymore than I think that just lends more credence to my opinion that it is probably yet another dig at IU itself.

  • hoosiers11c

    A little off topic, but who do we think has the ball down 2 with 10 seconds left? Sometimes difficult for a Center (even as talented as Cody) to create in those instances. Give it to Yogi and let him work?

  • Hanginabannerin13

    FYI, coaches do not receive gold medals only the athletes. I do see your point.

  • Hanginabannerin13

    FYI, coaches do not receive gold medals only the athletes. I do see your point.

  • seanmckenna.hoosiers@gmail.com

    Is Hoosier Hysteria going to be televised locally in Bloomington?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Whitehead/629284049 Daniel Whitehead

    If you want to think positively maybe he is thinking that someone else might get more pleasure out of these items that he has, that were probably in a box anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Whitehead/629284049 Daniel Whitehead

    If you want to think positively maybe he is thinking that someone else might get more pleasure out of these items that he has, that were probably in a box anyway.

  • Dave

    Do you guys have a list of recruits visiting this weekend?

  • Derbus

    Maybe Bobby wants some attention, since IU is in the spotlight again?! Can his ego handle all the accolades bestowed on CTC & the team?! Think about it …

  • Evansville Hoosier

    we were one of the most efficient offensive teams last year, and figure to only be better. Yogi is great at finding his teammates and statistics show Crean was one of the most effective coaches after a timeout this past year. Basically, I really doubt we just give a guy the ball and let him work. I can almost guarantee we’d run a play, probably intended for Cody, but with multiple backups if he’s too well covered. We’re good enough offensively to do it that way.

  • SCHoosier

    Yea..put your best jump shooters around the horn..Cody low for the rebound..and give Yogi the option of driving or dishing. this is something he will have to EARN though before he’s the first option to control those last seconds.. Could be VO on a pick and roll or Jordy on a high screen. I personally like a play that can get you to the line if the shot is stopped or missed.

  • SCHoosier

    I can see him selling some stuff..but if I were one of his grandkids..I would want that gold medal and the undefeated championship ring, along with Bob’s picture in a special frame to be passed along to future generations starting with mine.

  • dfitz

    Better yet, you are the opposing coach. Who do you back off of….. Cody at point blank range is not an option. Maybe Wat….oops Kensucky left him alone. How about Wil or Vic??? Maybe Jordy the best 3 point shooter in the nation or Yogi who will burn you no matter who is open. Yikes…. The top six options will suck.

  • CreanAndCrimson

    From what I’ve heard, IU won’t use much full court pressure, but I may be misguided. Maybe someone can confirm this or provide a little extra knowledge on the subject.

  • IUMIKE1

    Yep, thinking about in that way was part of how I arrived at the opinion I did. IU having more success seems to have driven him farther away instead of closer to getting things healed up. Sad. It’s almost as if he knows that him returning and patching things up with IU would put IU in the national spotlight and on virtually every newscast in a very positive way. It’s seems to be more important to him to not let that happen than it is to let all the good things he done be acknowledged and give all of the people that have supported him to this very day, irregardless of what he done, something that they dearly wish for.

  • marcusgresham

    After I read the article I saw that he’s also selling his gold medal, so I don’t think it’s just an anti-IU thing. He said the only thing he has that’s untouchable is memorabilia from Ted Williams.

  • marcusgresham

    One thing that struck me was a lack of confidence in Pat’s coaching–most universities give their employees’ children free tuition, so unless it’s to pay for Tim’s children I’m not sure it’s necessary…or maybe you don’t want your grandkids attending Lamar.

  • Bama4IU

    Does he really have a Gold Medal from the Olympics. The reason I ask is that this summer after USA won the gold, Yahoo or some other site ran an ‘article’ with the Teaser that Coach K would not be getting a Medal. Of course, when you read the whole story you realize that it states only athletes receive medals and not coaches. They went on to say he did not get a medal last olympics either.

  • MillaRed

    Pretty sure the coach gets a gold medal.

  • DannerPerea

    Whatchu talkin’ bout Willis? We’re not going to be down 2pts with 10 seconds left….preposterous question!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.bergmann2 Ken Bergmann

    Well said. Crean has developed players as as well as RMK (Refer to VO)., is almost as good as him with the x’s and o’s, and is far his superior getting his kids to graduate (what’s his average time to a B.A. or B.S.; two and a half or three years? I mean, c’mon, Roth already had his masters, and this year’s seniors are already working on theirs.)
    Yeah, I hate to say it, but Bobby’s having a major league ego issue.

  • Hoosier4life67

    Perea is going to be awsome. Looking forward to watching him grow into his own player.

  • Hoosier4life67

    CTC is planning on using Yogi to put full court pressure on the opposing point guard to keep the opposing offense out of sort. This is part of the new look defense and sounds great.

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