2012-2013 Player Profile: Hanner Mosquera-Perea

It’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2012-2013 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

As Hoosier Hysteria looms tomorrow evening, there’s perhaps no more intriguing player to keep on eye on than Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

After spending a portion of the summer in a walking boot, the Columbia native is coming on strong. Alex noted in his report from Monday’s practice that Mosquera-Perea appears to be a member of  what Tom Crean is referring to as his “starting eight.” And Crean, after saying on “The Dan Dakich Show” just last week that Mosquera-Perea was “back” but “limited” chimed in with this after Monday’s practice.

“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.”

Mosquera-Perea offers the Hoosiers something that hasn’t been in abundance during Crean’s tenure: freakish athleticism and length. It’s all over YouTube. He touched a ball 12 feet, 2 inches in the air over two years ago and has thrown down seemingly impossible alley-oops. Some of his blocks at the high school level (featured in the last link of the previous sentence) look like Bill Murray in “Rushmore” – an adult against helpless children. But the question surrounding Mosquera-Perea as he enters his freshman campaign in the candy stripes is this: Will he be able to harness his wingspan, length and the flash and rawness of athleticism into a game that features more polish, skill and fundamentals?

Time will tell, but he’s finding himself in a situation that may be advantageous for such a transformation.

Had Mosquera-Perea come to campus a few seasons back, he would have been a starter from the get-go and may have had to do too much, too soon. But with an established senior in Christian Watford and the lottery-bound Cody Zeller as the presumed frontcourt starters, Mosquera-Perea won’t be asked to shoulder as heavy a load, which bodes well for the pace of his development this season, one that’s already had a setback with injury over the summer. He also has the added benefit of coming into an established program, one where he’s already learning the ropes from upperclassmen.

Bottom line: Mosquera-Perea brings a wow factor to the court from Day 1, and he’s sure to ignite the Assembly Hall faithful into at least a few “Han-ner Pe-rea” chants. He’s shaping up to be the first frontcourt player off the bench, and if he’s able to stay out of foul trouble as he adjusts to the college game, his ability to protect the rim is a nice plus for a team and a coach emphasizing defense and little dropoff between its starters and first reserves.

Quotable: “If you watched (the televised practice) Friday night — and I’m not even sure how much they showed — he was playing like his arms were stuck and his hands were in his pockets. He wasn’t spreading out and playing. He’s got a plus-8 wingspan. And now more and more every day he’s bringing more of that to the forefront. Not just in blocking shots and and getting rebounds, but in trying to be more active defensively. It’ll be fun to watch him because he didn’t get some of that learning on the court that the other guys got.” – Crean on Mosquera-Perea on Monday

PreviouslyDerek ElstonChristian Watford, Jordan Hulls, Maurice CreekVictor Oladipo, Will Sheehey, Remy AbellCody Zeller, Austin Etherington, Yogi Ferrell, Peter Jurkin

  • DannerPerea

    If you can’t tell from my avitar name, I see nothing but a huge upside for this kid. His build reminds me of Scott May (he and PJ need to trade jerseys). I hope the Scott May comparison manifests in the only team to go undefeated since ’76.

  • SCHoosier

    A diamond in the rough..and his “appraised value” will get higher every day!:)

  • marcusgresham

    Zeller will beat you–virtually every time–but Hanner (and I’m in no way, shape, or form, insinuating he’s going to be anywhere near the player Cody is,) has the potential to just flat-out embarrass you.

  • anrhill

    I’m as excited about Perea as the next guy, but I feel he’ll be somewhat ineffective at first, and the second he hones his basketball skill set, he’ll be off the NBA. NBA scouts drool over guys with this kind of above-the-rim ability. If he shows any signs of ball control and foot movement, he’s out the door. Glad he’s on board though.

    I suspect somewhat limited action this year due to his rawness and the team’s depth, but with Watford and Zeller leaving, he’s going to have to be ready to fill a huge gap as a starter next season.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Well, it’s good to be able to recruit the Man-amongst-Boys type of players once again. I like where this program is going.

    And the rawness doesn’t bother me, not with Zeller and Watford already in there. Like Ryan said, it’ll simply mean that he’ll have time to develop properly AND will have examples in front of him to learn from. A good program has continuity, and having a fresh player coming in who’s just waiting to be polished by coaching, challenging play, and veterans in front of him is a great situation for both the player and the program. A continuing train of such veterans mentoring players moving through creates a sort of momentum for the program, and that will always help future recruiting.

    It feels so good to be excited about Hoosier basketball again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.holt.37 Mark Holt

    Scott May? Are you kidding me? Scott May was Mr. Come off the screen and drill a 15-17 footer. He was strong around the basket but too, but I see absolutely NO comparison between the game of Scott May and the current skill set of Hanner. I grew up with the 75-76 teams, just don’t see it.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    no comparison at all. were talkin about scott may for gods sake. one of the best in the history of this program

  • MillaRed

    The few times I watched Hanner on film he def had issues defensively. Seemed a little too anxious, not great position. Ugly fouls actually. I’m sure he is benefiting greatly from the pre-season. And as others have noted it will take some time for him as he gains confidence.

    He will be more than useful by season’s end. And the next few years he will help keep this thing rolling. When his 12 footer is money, he is a lottery pick IMO.

  • Steve Bishop

    Just a small gripe Ryan/Alex, the country in South America is Colombia with a second “o”, where in here in the states Columbia has a “u” instead of the second “o”.

    My wife is Colombian and she pounded that into my head, apparently they can easily get offended when we Americans spell their country wrong.
    :)

  • DannerPerea

    I said his BUILD reminds me of Scott May…don’t go off the deep end my friend.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    i have a strong intuition that the majority of his points this year will be dunks, most likely wide open and/or offensive rebound type dunks, both thanks to the double-teams that CZ is gonna be living with all year. Works for me!

  • cdog

    Agree totally. Try Andre Patterson on for size.

  • IUMIKE1

    That’s a really good way to describe the similarities they share but how at the same time they are different types of players. You sure Pop wasn’t really an English teacher.

  • twarrior87

    I hope he sticks around just as much as the next guy, but I don’t think you have to worry about cementing anything into Zellers brain… I doubt he’s going to take one ounce of what people are posting on comment boards on the internet into consideration when deciding his future. I could see him staying maybe one more year if he hasn’t finished his degree… but being the consensus #1 pick in the NBA would be a tough offer to pass up

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I think you, and several others, misunderstand. Danner was talking about how Perea looks like a WWE fighter, not comparing his and Scott May’s skill set or game.

  • IUMIKE1

    Don’t think you would have used the words “huge upside” if you were saying that Scott May and HP’s “overall game” were comparable right now either, but you’re right “build” was the key word here and I agree with you in that respect.

  • Hoosierfan2335

    He is a freakishly athletic freshman full of potential who is very raw at the moment is the impression that I’m getting from seeing him play and hearing people talk about him. I can’t imagine a better atmosphere for someone like him to be learning in. I have a feeling he will see the greatest improvement from year one to two of our freshman class.

  • Luke72

    Seems that posting from the facebook link does not work. FYI

  • Alan H

    Question: There are 6 obvious guys in Crean’s “starting 8; they are Zeller, Watford, Oladpio, Sheehey, Ferrell & Hulls. Adding Perea makes 7. So where do Creek, Abell, & Elston fit in? Has Perea passed Elston on the depth chart? Are Creek and Abell battling it out for the 4th guard slot or is Creek still wait and see?

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Crean’s comment “we need Elston to be Brian Scalabrine for us” sounds to me like he’s been surpassed on the depth chart, but he’ll still get time. And I think Abell or Hollowell takes that 8th spot, Abell for his ability to play the 1 and 2, Hollowell on pure versatility and skill. Of course other guys besides that 8 will get minutes as well.

  • HoosierTrav

    He’s got the most NBA potential of all our freshman. Cant wait to see what CTC turns this one into. I hope its similar to when the shredder got hold of the ooze and fed it to the dog and snapping turtle. I’m just not sure whether i want to call Hanner. Toka or Razar?

  • HoosierTrav

    I think he will be very effective defensively, especially as we get deeper into the season.

  • SCHoosier

    If they need points..it has to be Elston first…the kid has some defensive liabilities..but can fill that hole from the perimeter.

  • SCHoosier

    Correct..and I’m not sure how good his hands are at this point in terms of catching and handldng the ball. That said..sky is the limit for this guy.

  • IUMIKE1

    I think HP will turn out to be one of the better examples of CTC’s ability to take a player and make them a whole lot better, regardless of the amount of talent and athleticism they possess before arriving on campus. With the examples that he already has in Wade, CZ, VO, CW & WS that is saying something. I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility, with the raw athleticism that HP has, that CTC could end up transforming HP into somebody that not only makes it to the next level and in less than four years. It would also not be that hard to believe that HP could end up making considerably more than the average salary at the next level.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Ryan,

    The Bill-Murray-in-”Rushmore” comparison may be my favorite sentence in Inside the Hall history. Thank you!

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    Absolute freak ….what were his parents eating when they had him ???

  • Hoosier4life67

    this is the 2nd article i’ve read where someone was pointing out a spelling error. Can we just let that go and let them do there job? Ryan and Alex are doing a great job and they are not perfect nor is anyone one who has pointed out there errors.

  • Hoosier_DC

    *their job, *their errors

  • marcusgresham

    No, Pop was a math teacher. For a couple of years I was an English teacher, though. lol

  • marcusgresham

    This is probably the same dillhole who wrote the article about why One Direction is better than the Beatles.

  • SCHoosier

    Totally agree..right now though I’ll be happy if HP can “catch ball-shoot ball..and learn not to foul.” Spent a lot of time on the bench in H.S.due to foul trouble or so the scouting reports said. Soooooo much talent..athleticism and potential…Crean will find it all.

  • IUMIKE1

    I can see some real similarities in that, limited mental capacity, way of thinking.

    Not that it bothers me, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I really hope there aren’t two real IU bball fans out there that disagree with me on this one. Maybe the, as you so aptly described him, dillhole & his mother, are trolling this site or there are at least two other NutBucks that feel as threatened as him.

  • IUMIKE1

    Ahhhh, so, I must remember to be mindful of my grammar and punctuation from here on out, lest I incur the dreaded wrath of the English instructor. Just kidding, that’s one job I don’t think I could have done without eventually backhanding some smarta$$ kid. You seem to be as laid back as your Pop was when he taught at Eastern, he was a good teacher, probably the main reason I remembered him. Did you tell him that you ran into someone that still remembered him from those Eastern teaching days so long ago ?

  • Billiam

    It’s actually pronounced differently too. Props for picking that up!

  • Billiam

    It’s actually pronounced differently too. Props for picking that up!

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