Hoosiers working to incorporate Elston, Mosquera-Perea, Hollowell

121912aiMuch of the preseason talk about Indiana centered on the team’s anticipated depth. The Hoosiers added a highly-touted freshman class to a roster full of returning veterans from last year’s Sweet 16 team.

But so far this season, No. 5 Indiana really hasn’t been that deep. Due to issues with the NCAA and an injury to senior Derek Elston, the Hoosiers are still in the process of trying to incorporate several players on their bench.

Freshman Hanner Mosquera-Perea was suspended for the first nine games, Elston missed the first 10 games after having knee surgery, and freshman Jeremy Hollowell was out for three games due to an NCAA investigation. Mosquerea-Perea and Elston have yet to get significant minutes or make major contributions through the first 14 games, and Hollowell’s minutes and contributions have been inconsistent.

In Monday’s game at Iowa, the trio combined to play only 14 minutes and none of the three scored a single point.

“We want to get this team to the point where Jeremy, Hanner, Peter [Jurkin] and Derek are a big part of that, where they get that experience [of a road win],” Indiana coach Tom Crean said Saturday. “We haven’t had a lot of that yet. We were basically a team that was playing with seven guys in that game [against Iowa], and that’s not what we wanna do moving forward.”

Even though they haven’t gotten significant time on the court, Crean said Mosquera-Perea, Hollowell and Elston have gained a good amount from the few minutes they have been out there. And with a full week in between the Big Ten opener at Iowa and Monday’s game at Penn State, they’ve had some extra practice time to learn from the things they experienced at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“I don’t anticipate, they will [play more],” Crean said. “There’s no question about that.”

Hollowell got off to a strong start to his freshman campaign by scoring in double figures in his first two collegiate games, but he hasn’t been quite the same player since. He hasn’t scored more than seven points in his last nine games, and he’s shot better than 50 percent from the field in only one of those contests.

In his only game back after missing three games, Hollowell airballed his lone shot attempt, but did have two important blocked shots.

“When a freshman misses a day of practice or a game, it’s like missing a week,” Crean said. “When you take somebody out of three games, it makes it that much harder.”

For Elston and Mosquera-Perea, the process has been a bit slower. Elston has struggled to find his jump shot in his return from injury, and it has impacted other parts of his game on the floor. He’s just 1-of-8 from the field for four total points in four games this season. Elston has played a total of 35 minutes.

But Crean saw a lot of improvement from his senior forward in Saturday afternoon’s practice.

“Today was very good, probably the best day he’s had was today,” Crean said. “Today he played like a guy who’s played a lot of years and played a lot of games. He’s gotta control what he can control, and the shot going in right now may not be it. But keeping his man in front, being a help defender, being a rebounder, those things are really important.

“He’s just got to go out there and enjoy himself. He can’t be a guy who’s very vocal with his teammates when he’s out and then be very quiet when he comes back.”

Of the three players, Mosquera-Perea is likely the furthest from being a regular contributor. He’s struggled in his five games since the suspension, looking more like a raw talent than a guy who can play a major role this season.

Mosquera-Perea has had his moments and has given Indiana fans glimpses of what he’s capable of providing, but he’s yet to put it together consistently. The Hoosiers hope he — along with Elston and Hollowell — can do it soon, and make Indiana as deep a team as many expected it to be in October.

“Even when he was out, we knew he wasn’t gonna be in for awhile,” Crean said. “You want to keep him ready for games, but he’s not really preparing for games. As much as you try to have him prepare for games, he’s not in the game. So now he’s got that game experience, it’s about totally unleashing that athleticism. All young guys think too much. You can tell that he thinks too much by the dunks that he’s missing. Just go up and play. There’s that comfort level that has to come. You can’t force feed it.”

  • Miamihoosier

    Well fellas, we have Hanner and Peter for four years, so I guess we just have to hope they are Sheeladipo like workers, bc right now, they both look to be a few yrs away. We know with Hanner, the tools are there. Remy took his game to another level the end of his freshman year, if Perrea can do that, he might be able to push Vonleh in practice this summer. If Luke Fischer ends up being the steal of the class, then Jurkin may not see regular minutes until his senior season. He will still be great in practice for Luke to bang on, and get familiar with the Big Ten physicality (especially with Cody likely being gone). With Fischer, Perrea, and Vonleh, our 4/5 positions will be our biggest question mark going in to next season. The talent is there, but with that much youth and inexperience, it might take until the end of the year to see big time results. We know Yogi and Remy have got the point on lock down, it will be very interesting to see who starts along side Sheehey at the other wing. There is no way even CTC knows between, Hollowell, WIlliams, Robinson, and D Davis who will come out on top…. nice problem to have….but I can almost guarantee 1 of those 4 ends up being a superstar for us.

  • Miamihoosier

    Well fellas, we have Hanner and Peter for four years, so I guess we just have to hope they are Sheeladipo like workers, bc right now, they both look to be a few yrs away. We know with Hanner, the tools are there. Remy took his game to another level the end of his freshman year, if Perrea can do that, he might be able to push Vonleh in practice this summer. If Luke Fischer ends up being the steal of the class, then Jurkin may not see regular minutes until his senior season. He will still be great in practice for Luke to bang on, and get familiar with the Big Ten physicality (especially with Cody likely being gone). With Fischer, Perrea, and Vonleh, our 4/5 positions will be our biggest question mark going in to next season. The talent is there, but with that much youth and inexperience, it might take until the end of the year to see big time results. We know Yogi and Remy have got the point on lock down, it will be very interesting to see who starts along side Sheehey at the other wing. There is no way even CTC knows between, Hollowell, WIlliams, Robinson, and D Davis who will come out on top…. nice problem to have….but I can almost guarantee 1 of those 4 ends up being a superstar for us.

  • Miamihoosier

    I hope just one game at least this year, Derek starts hitting early and can go for 16+ against one of the top tier teams in our league. No one would be happier for him. He deserves to be able to take a memory like that with him.

  • MPmike

    Just wait and see how everything will come into place. There are no guarantees just hope, and let’s see.

  • BrianS

    If Hanner turns out to be a Sheeladipo like worker he won’t be at IU 3 more seasons.. He has yet to scratch the surface of what he could end up being..

  • azhoosier

    absolutely never been impressed by Elston since he’s been at IU…you would think a guy could finish around the basket…reminds me of Sean Kline…he was a bust….just my opinion.

  • azhoosier

    don’t care what anyone else thinks I still say NCAA handed down all these suspensions to kill IU’s season…they are a ruthless bunch….the “KGB” of college sports.

  • azhoosier

    don’t care what anyone else thinks I still say NCAA handed down all these suspensions to kill IU’s season…they are a ruthless bunch….the “KGB” of college sports.

  • freethrow

    Wow, looking ahead to next year. What Potential Talent. I would divide the team into 7 experienced players and six rookies plus one. Practice and play the first three cupcakes that way. Change entire ‘team’ at the 10 minute tv break. Only freshmen playing half of each half. This would give them lots of pt and the chance to go to the head of the class. Might make it easier to come up with the best starting eight.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    Pretty solid article. I think a lot of the perceived reason for concern about this team’s potential of reaching it’s goals this year is misplaced. A lot of fans harp about Crean’s strategy so far: the lineups, the rotations, the limitations of our guards to defend, the offensive sets, etc. I cannot completely discount any of that. However, I think a lot of it can be explained by this article- the stunted or displaced integration of our bigs, and the corresponding limitations of our team and Crean’s ability to substitute in a way that adequately responds to the game situations. Even Zeller’s ability to take a step forward has not been helped by the fact he is again, this year, called upon to be our sole big, along with the help of Watford and Oladipo playing out of position. And yet, we have responded pretty well. Just like we did last year. Hopefully, we start to see these guys get intergrated and we truly take that step forward that many of us hoped and imagined.

    By the way, 2-0 in the Big Ten with 2 road wins is looking pretty damn good right now, considering the results in conference so far.

  • IU_Sweet16:#1-2013!

    Mo Creek, troubled by yet another injury, wasn’t even mentioned in the article. Is the author giving up on him? When he finds his touch, he will an invaluable scoring asset to this team. They’re already to best offense in the country–Elston has proven (from the past) that he CAN contribute and he WILL do so pretty soon, abundantly so.

    I’m certainly no coach, so no “armchair” coaching from me, but 2 areas that I can see where IU needs to improve is stepping up their defense and limiting turnovers

  • IU_Sweet16:#1-2013!

    AZHOOSIER got it right. The damned NCAA S-T-I-L-L has it in for the IU basketball program. Damn, NCAA people, let it go. Knight’s gone fergawdsake. Pay some attention to Calipari, or that megalomaniac from Duke (I can’t spell his name, so I’m not even going to try). Don’t even TRY to tell me that his program is clean. Yeah, right.

  • IU_Sweet16:#1-2013!

    AZHOOSIER got it right. The damned NCAA S-T-I-L-L has it in for the IU basketball program. Damn, NCAA people, let it go. Knight’s gone fergawdsake. Pay some attention to Calipari, or that megalomaniac from Duke (I can’t spell his name, so I’m not even going to try). Don’t even TRY to tell me that his program is clean. Yeah, right.

  • IU_Sweet16:#1-2013!

    Man, got riled up about Calipari. NO scruples at all as far as running a basketball program, and no balls in not facing IU (in a game which would have been on the ‘Cats home floor…?) How in the hell does he get away with what he gets away with? I mean, REALLY. And, don’t even TRY to convince me otherwise, that liar at Duke runs a dirty program.

  • aka Hoosier Daddy

    I totally agree with you and whats gets my arse is that sallipari totaly threw our basketballl tradition out the window due to his win/loss factor now if the big blue nation can’t see that then they get what they deserve.IU played pUKe regardless of rank and took our lumps like a great University should and never backed down but one man named Johnny Cohnapari back down after the famous shot by Cwat he knew then and there he wasn’t coming to indiana and playing us again in my books thats a COWARD .He has had issues where ever he goes and pUKe isn’t gonna be any different i just don’t know how you respect a (for lack of a better word) coach like that.

  • azhoosier

    how does he do it ?….wait a minute I see him now and he has something sticking out of his hip pocket….oh it’s just the…”NCAA”…..sticking out of his pocket.

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