2013-2014 Player Profile: Hanner Mosquera-Perea

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With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ll be taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster over the next month. Today, we look at sophomore Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea entered his freshman campaign with jump-out-the-gym athleticism and a whole heck of a lot of promise.

He was part of Indiana’s initial “starting eight” at this time last year, and seemed well on pace to spell Cody Zeller and Christian Watford in the frontcourt as a reliable first big off the bench. But as the season hit, things changed. First, fresh off a partial summer he spent in a walking boot, the NCAA spanked Mosquera-Perea and fellow freshman Peter Jurkin with a dubious nine-game suspension. He lost valuable non-conference playing time, time he could have spent building confidence against inferior opponents.

By the time Mosquera-Perea was cleared to play on Dec. 15 against Butler, it seemed he may still indeed be a contributor. He scored a bucket in three minutes of action against the Bulldogs. Four days later against Mount St. Mary’s, the Colombia native stuffed the statsheet with 10 boards, four points and two blocks in just 14 minutes of action.

But that would be his best performance of the season and reality began to set in. Mosquera-Perea, for all his length and athleticism, didn’t fully grasp the subtleties of five-on-five basketball at the Division I level. He was too raw to be trusted with significant minutes. He attempted just six shots during the Big Ten season and NCAA tournament and snatched just 13 boards in that same time period.

So what does the 2013-2014 season hold for him?

Well, the minutes are there to be had with the departures of Cody Zeller and Christian Watford, along with Luke Fisher’s shoulder injury. But whether he’s going to capitalize? It’s a wait-and-see game.

Mosquera-Perea impressed in the dunk contest at Hoosier Hysteria, had a decent scrimmage and appears to have put in some solid work this summer. And as we all know, Tom Crean and his staff have proven to be effective at taking talent and growing it if the player is willing to put in the work.

On paper, there’s no reason to believe Mosquera-Perea won’t be an improved sophomore who grasps the college game flow better than he did a season ago. If he wants to get in the staff’s good graces for playing time, a big jump in the defensive department could be what suits him best. Crean spoke of the team’s woeful defensive communication with a term like “crisis” last week during his address to students at the IU auditorium. If Mosquera-Perea can be a rim-protector and figure out how to rotate and recover properly — and be able to provide modest offense, a tip-in here, a score around the rim there — a solid spot in the rotation is calling his name.

Bottom Line: Mosquera-Perea’s potential has yet to be reached, and that’s what makes for an interesting watch as the 2013-2014 season begins in a few weeks. If he proves to take a big enough step in year two to justify strong rotation minutes, a frontcourt trio of Noah Vonleh — who’s poised to play the five at times — Fischer and Mosquera-Perea should keep the Hoosiers competitive during the grind of the Big Ten season.

Quotable: “It becomes a situation, are you really going to try to dive in and win everything that you do? That’s what Jeremy and Hanner have to develop because I think the skills will come. Hanner is so much ahead of where he was a year ago. Jeremy loves the gym. But now it comes down to, I want to hear about what those guys are winning. What sprints are they winning? What competitions are they winning? What shooting drills are they winning? Because that’s what we need. We’ve won 56 games the last two years because we’ve had a highly competitive team that put winning first. We’ve lost so much of that. That stuff’s wide open.” — Tom Crean

Previously: Peter Jurkin, Yogi FerrellLuke Fischer, Noah VonlehDevin Davis, Stanford Robinson, Troy Williams, Collin Hartman

  • FLgrownHoosier

    Im hoping for good things from Hanner this year, not expecting, but hoping. Ridiculously athletic.

  • CreamandCrimson

    If Hanner Perea comes close to playing up to the potential he appears to have….there is no reason Indiana can’t be a very, very good rebounding team. Rebounding is one of the skills that appears to translate from high school to college rather quickly. With that in mind, Noah Vonleh should be a very good rebounder this season. You could say the same thing about Devin Davis. Hanner Perea is a big-time athlete and I think his biggest issue last season was doing too much thinking and being too robotic on the floor. If he can think a little less and play a bit more freely, his athleticism should shine through and I think rebounding is the first area he can make a big impact. With the pace we’ll want to play at and the shooting struggles it appears we could have, rebounding needs to be a strength and I think Hanner needs to play a big part in that.

  • jmac

    Hanner this season will show signs of what he can become in the future. A few highlights here and there. Once he gets comfortable, the sky is the limit!

  • Ole Man

    For everyone who has been raving about the “athleticism” of our young team and how that makes us “contenders”, please print this and post it above your keyboard:

    “Mosquera-Perea, for all his length and athleticism, didn’t fully grasp the subtleties of five-on-five basketball at the Division I level.”

    For two years, I’ve been saying this.
    And no, I’m not trashing our fine young athletes; just reminding everyone that it took someone as athletic as Oladipo 3 years to grow into a true basketball player.

    Our fine, athletic young team is not on a level with our team of the past two years.
    So, let’s stow the high expectations; and enjoy these young men for both what they bring to the table and watching them grow into something special.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I LOVE how the NCAA’s nine game suspension was described as dubious!!!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Maybe we can play him at Wide Receiver on the football team then?

  • mk

    I don’t disagree on player development. But for every fan who is willing to wait, there is one that is giving up on the player after one season.

  • Ole Man

    LOL!

  • IUMIKE1

    Dubious, not a word I usually associate with taliban like organizations.

    Ya know, if you say dubious really fast one can almost make it sound like dumba$$ which in this example would fit rather appropriately.

  • BlakeD1223

    As soon as Hanner can play out of instinct and not play while thinking the whole time then we will see a much, much better Hanner. If Crean can turn this guy into a pro after the way he looked last year then that will speak for highly for Crean. I really look forward to watching Hanner improve.

  • BlakeD1223

    I didn’t read this until I posted my comment but I completely agree. I made the comment that he looks robotic a lot last year. A Hanner that doesn’t have to think where he is on the court at all times will be a much better Hanner. I do find it strange that he doesn’t seem to pick up on some of the fundamentals of the game yet but hopefully that will come this year.

  • Mat

    Hanner has been one of my favorite players sice he commit to IU. He is so talented just needs to put it all together. I believe that he has stepped up as a leader for the new freshman and shown he has the want and drive to be better. Hope that his hard work pays off for him and IU!

  • yimyames

    The olnly issue I have is this. This years team is damn near completely new and unseen at the D1 level, yet you continue to comment your opinions about the future like they are Facts.

    For me, part of the enjoyment of being a fan is the positive anticipation of a new incoming team. I guess some enjoy the other side where they down players every chance they get. Even before they ever see them take the court.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Very good point!

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I think Hanner could be comparable to Dominic Wilkins if he can develop fully. Can you imagine how cool it would be to have 2 stories with Hanner & VO developing a player from raw athletic ability into great players????

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Hanner can become a game-changer, if he gets into the flow of the game and embraces his potential!!!

  • Jamie

    My mind just runs away with the possibilities of Vonleh and Perea both operating at the peak of their game. Born to play basketball these two. With their length and athletic abilility, they should be eating glass every game. Can you imagine waking up in the body of Haner Perea? Dude is so massive and powerful. He needs to wake up and make a decision. “I own the block. That’s my house.”
    Vonleh, can practically reach from one rim to the other. He could reach across a colonial size kings table and slap you in the face with his elbow still bent. Crean has some amazing tools. Man I hope they can be used effectively.

  • Kenneth234

    Whoa, whoa, whoa! Dominique Wilkins? I am all aboard in the belief that CTC and company can develop players, but wow. That is going quite far. I think Perea could be a solid contributor at Indiana one day, but to get him to the caliber of “The Human Highlight Film”, aka, the second best player not named Jordan in the NBA in the late 80′s, is a level that Hanner has zero chance of reaching. Maybe I am wrong and you mean some guy named Dominic Wilkens that I have never heard of, and if so I apologize, but that is an insane goal or wish for him to develop to.

  • Kenneth234

    It would be awesome if the team can feed Hanner the ball early on against some cup cakes to get his competitive side purged into high gear the rest of the season. He, more than any other Hoosier, needs that big game where he gets 12 to 18 points and 10+ rebounds, with some blocked shots to give him the confidence that is going to be needed the rest of his career in Bloomington.

  • Brian Stewart

    The NCAA makes the Federal Government look like geniuses…

  • RMK

    Hanner looked like he had a lot more confidence during HH. Though its just a practice and it doesn’t mean much, its good to see that the guy who has the physical skills that he has is walking around with some kind of swagger and knowledge of his potential.

  • Ole Man

    Might be my writing style, more than its content.

    I’m positive about the direction that IU basketball is going in, so what’s wrong with that?

    I was a student for Knight’s first 3 years. Trust me, that first year’s team is not in the “hall of fame”. But, dang it was fun to watch them.

    And having been wrong about a lot of things, I’ve learned to be right — occasionally. LOL!

    If I am wrong and the team exceeds my expectations, no one will be happier!

    Call what I write a strong opinion if that helps.
    Peace out.

  • jaywiz

    the football team is pretty set at wr.

  • HoosierDawg

    How about at linebacker to block field goal attempts!?!?

  • E Foy McNaughton

    That is who I meant – spelling issues aside – my point is I think he has the same ceiling. He’s still on the elevator in the basement level. But nobody would have compared VO to Jordan / Wade until last season. Then the comparisons started. Btw – I believe VO has a wade type ceiling. I sure hope Hanner starts going up the elevator.

  • BC

    That slab of marble may eventually turn into something but it will take hard work, playing time, and confidence. The potential is certainly there, it will just take time.

  • TomJameson

    C&C I think you nailed it. IMO Hanner should concentrate on defense around the rim and take whatever offense comes his way. Rebounding and shot-blocking should be his focus.

  • TomJameson

    This is only Hanner’s 2nd year, and it hasn’t started yet. Remember, there was a lot stacked against him last year, and there is the situation with his fathers health this year. But, I expect him to become fairly solid this year if he focuses on the defensive side. I believe next year will be his ‘breakout’ year. Can you imagine if Vonleh stays another year and Hanner starts playing up to his potential? Wow! 2014 might be the year… just saying. lol
    I sure will have fun watching this team this year, but 2014 promises to be even better, IMO.

  • HoosierPat

    Hanner is going to have to contribute this year. We need him to defend the rim and rebound. He’ll be fine if he can just score points when they come to him.

  • Kenneth234

    All kidding aside, I don’t think Wade is or even was near the player that Dominique was. Your saying his ceiling is in the neighborhood of reaching the top 20 players in the NBA history books, and one of the top 5 small forwards all time. I think his ceiling is much lower than that. And that is not a knock on Hanner at all. I’d be happy if he becomes a reliable starter one day for the Hoosiers. At best, he may get some time as a starter in the NBA if he reaches his ceiling.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I agree – wade didn’t reach Dominique’s level. Honestly – I will be happy if Hanner develops into a solid starter. But man the kid has gifts. Love to see him maximize them.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Kenneth… You are a bit too generous with the praise of Wilkins… Top 5 SF of all time? Ummm, I’m not sure you’d find many NBA guys that believe that. If you want to amend your statement to top 5 dunkers, or top 5 scoring SF of all time, of top 5 most exciting SF of all time… Now you’ll find some support. But I can name at least 9 SF who were better without even any memory joggers – LeBron James, Dr J, Pippen, Worthy, Bird, Havlicek, Barry, Baylor, and I prefer Durant… I’m sure there are a couple more I’m missing from the 60′s or 70′s, and there are maybe a few guys whose “position” I’m unclear of exactly, like Oscar and Barkley.

  • Kenneth234

    I don’t know man, talent wise and production wise he is right there. He just never was a part of a great team in the prime of his career. I would give you Oscar, Bird, Dr. J, and Barry as being on the top 5 level. However, James and Durant have not reached the longevity of their careers for me to consider them as a top 5. However, Pippen and Worthy I would not put there, I just cannot do that. Barkley had done a lot, but I would certainly pick Wilkens over him. But regardless, Wilkens is certainly in that neighborhood. So I will stick by my statement.

  • Guest

    You’re going to lose all credibility if you don’t include LeBron… I’m not a fan of his, but he has already played 10 years… He is a 4-time league MVP and has 2 NBA Finals MVPs. You are on a very lonely island if you think Wilkins was a better player or had a better career.

    Wilkins never won a league MVP or even participated in a Finals. He was a great scorer, adequate rebounder, and highlight machine… But he never made his teammates better… He never sniffed an all-defense team…. He was a high-volume shooter and rim attacker who never shot 50% in even one single season…

    I would love to be a captain and pick teams against you down at the park. Guaranteed my squad wouldn’t lose all day. You can Nique… I’ll take Pippen – who has more 1st team all-NBA awards, 10 all-defensive team appearances, is in the top 50 all time in steals, assists, points, and defensive rebounds… oh, and he has 6 rings.

    I think you’d find it impossible to find a GM who would choose to start a team with Wilkins over Durant in their primes… In only 6 years Durant already has twice as many 1st Team all-NBA awards… He has been 2nd in the MVP voting 3 times (Nique was 2nd only once)… He is an equal rebounder, but better distributer and defender… He is a more efficient scorer and superior perimeter shooter. He has already led his team to an NBA Finals, through a very tough western conference. Durant will be seen as a superior player when it’s all said and done… What’s the point in waiting though? He’s already accomplished more in less time.

    I’ve played a lot of ball in my life… There is nothing more frustrating than playing with a talented physical specimen with basketball ability, who simply doesn’t understand how to win. Nique knew how score… He knew how to entertain…. He didn’t know how to win, so he ain’t in the top 10.

    Sorry.

  • ScoopGeoff

    You’re going to lose all credibility if you don’t include LeBron… I’m not a fan of his, but he has already played 10 years… He is a 4-time league MVP and has 2 NBA Finals MVPs. You are on a very lonely island if you think Wilkins was a better player or had a better career.

    Wilkins never won a league MVP or even participated in a Finals. He was a great scorer, adequate rebounder, and highlight machine… But he never made his teammates better… He never sniffed an all-defense team…. He was a high-volume shooter and rim attacker who never shot 50% in even one single season…

    I would love to be a captain and pick teams against you down at the park. Guaranteed my squad wouldn’t lose all day. You can pick Nique… I’ll take Pippen – who has more 1st team all-NBA awards, 10 all-defensive team appearances, is in the top 50 all time in steals, assists, points, and defensive rebounds… oh, and he has 6 rings.

    I think you’d find it impossible to dig up a GM who would choose to start a team with Wilkins over Durant in their primes… In only 6 years Durant already has twice as many 1st Team all-NBA awards… He has been 2nd in the MVP voting 3 times (Nique was 2nd only once)… He is an equal rebounder, but better distributer and defender… He is a more efficient scorer and superior perimeter shooter. He has already led his team to an NBA Finals, through a very tough western conference. Durant will be seen as a superior player when it’s all said and done… What’s the point in waiting though? He’s already accomplished more in less time.

    I’ve played a lot of ball in my life… There is nothing more frustrating than playing with a talented physical specimen with basketball ability, who simply doesn’t understand how to win. Nique knew how to score… He knew how to entertain…. He didn’t know how to win, so he ain’t in the top 10.

    Sorry.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    sarcasm

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