Hanner Mosquera-Perea reinstated for Wisconsin game

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MADISON, Wis. — Sophomore forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea has been reinstated following a two-game suspension for an arrest earlier this month, Indiana coach Tom Crean announced on Tuesday.

Mosquera-Perea was arrested early in the morning of Feb. 14 and has been charged with two Class A misdemeanors: Operating While Intoxicated Endangering a Person and Operating a Vehicle with an Alcohol Concentration Equivalent to .15 or More.

Crean announced later that day that the 6-foot-8 forward would be “withheld from competition indefinitely,” though he only missed the Purdue and Northwestern games.

Before Tuesday’s game at Wisconsin, Crean said on his pregame radio show appearance that “we’re bringing Hanner back tonight,” and Mosquera-Perea was dressed and participating in warm-ups at the Kohl Center.

Indiana released a full statement from Crean only minutes later, which read: “Hanner is going to be paying a price in the office of the courts and with the Dean’s office.  He also is going to continue to be disciplined inside of our program with no end in sight to that.  Hanner has done everything and more than what has been expected of him since the incident and we are allowing him to be available for competition beginning tonight.”

In 24 games played this season, Mosquera-Perea is averaging 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 8.0 minutes per game.

  • HoosierFan

    I bet Perea learned his lesson. Wow. Suspended for 11 days. Missed 2 games. Way to go, kid. Crean can’t get any softer.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    How was the Kettle 1 vodka ITHers?! Lmao

  • Gregory Spera

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  • Guest

    Completely disgusted by this. If the season stinks we can AT LEAST not trivialize a major offense such as drinking and driving. And because Hanner isn’t even a major contributor, the only message this sends is one of desperation.

    Also, the quote, “Hanner has done everything and more than what has been expected of him since the incident…” is a joke. It’s been what, 11 days? Come on.

  • Paul

    Never mind the justice system or anything.

  • ForeverIU

    Nice effort Hoosiers. Welcome back Hanner. But we just can’t score. Zero points from Austin, Evan and Troy after a combined 61 minutes of playing time. Reduced turnovers, good.

  • Ole Man

    Good summary.
    All I can add is Ouch!

  • Shaggy_C

    Considering Hanner gets so few minutes, I don’t think playing time suspensions would really have the punitive effect you are looking for. Sounds to me like Crean has put together his own means of punishment that hits a lot closer to home – I get the feeling he has instituted something along the lines of study tables, curfews, and mandatory daily meetings at 6am that are a lot more painful to a 21 year old college kid than 2 minutes per game.

  • Shaggy_C

    The whole second half was painful to watch. It was classic Bo Ryan vs IU ball the last 7 minutes or so – dribble around until 3 seconds are left on the shot clock, pass to a gangly white guy on the perimeter who heaves up a brick, and somehow, swish.

    I still can’t believe the number of second half meltdowns this team has had this year. It feels like every single game we’ve lost this season we’ve either been leading or within striking distance at the half only to see our lead slip away or else let the opposition break it wide open in the final 20. Not sure if it’s physical (like the freshmen are not conditioned well enough for 40 minutes), mental, or just better adjustments by the opposition, but it’s killing me to get my hopes up every game!

  • ForeverIU

    We just don’t have the consistency this year. At least we will end the season with a good frame of reference for what constitutes good performance, and I’m sure we will work on second-half stamina in the off-season. Don’t give yourself heartache brother. We are just not a great team this year.

  • ForeverIU

    Moved my comment to Minute After.

  • HoosierFan

    Hopefully his “means of punishment” is more effective than is basketball game plans are. The whole HMP thing is symptomatic of a much bigger issue. Wish Crean could coach as well as he recruits. We’d have something then.

    From where I sit, admittedly on the outside, it appears that the wheels are coming off for this coach and this team.

  • HoosierFan

    I have said it many times, and will continue to say so… good coaches adjust. They tweak during the game. They adjust at half time. They change stuff up as the situation warrants. All CTC seems to want to do is introduce these bizarre substitution patterns, pace the sidelines and cheer lead.

    I honestly don’t get anything that Crean does on the sidelines. And clearly, it is not effective.

  • HoosierFan

    Sorry to say that we are no where near a great team. We’re so far away from being a “good” team that we can’t even see it from here. And we lose Sheehey for sure, and Vonleh is almost guaranteed to go pro.

  • Snookafly

    Please, tell us more about your “toughness” approach.

  • Snookafly

    It doesn’t reek of desperation because Hanner is a nonfactor on the court. If he was actually brought back because we couldn’t win without him you might have a point.

  • MillaRed

    If we can consistently win first halves, we have the ability to win 2nd halves. Coach needs to take what the opposing staff is saying to their players at halftime, bottle it and pour it on during his halftime speech. He is currently completely owned in the 2nd half.

  • MillaRed

    I’m simply disappointed by the message that was sent to the entire program when Hanner entered the game tonight. It just wasn’t good. And at least with this particular move, i thought coach was better than that.

  • Taz

    All I can say is WOW!

    Despite other things I’ve felt Crean has shortcomings on, running the program right was something I could always fall back on. Now this.
    I don’t care if the guy has to be at training table at 5:30 am; i don’t care if he plays 30 minutes a game or just three – HOW do you allow the kid back on the floor after just two games out? Really?

    For those of you who thinnk I’m being too harsh: The kid was OVER .15, nearly DOUBLE the legal limit. And to make this worse, someone had tweeted to Crean BACK IN DECEMBER that hanner was driving Yogi aroung drunk (Dec. 6th, to be exact).
    After Hanner’s arrest he sent Crean a follow-up tweet “I F*&#ing Told You” with a pic of his first tweet. And note: Perea’s birthday is Jan 29, 1993 – which means he was drinking and driving illegally in December.

    Couple that with the fact that Yogi was out there with him, and it’s pretty easy to see why this team performs like it does – it has no leadership. From it’s best players to it’s coaching staff. Harsh, but true.

  • SCHoosier

    Not sure what TC was trying to accomplish by re-instating HMP for this game. Team is headed for a losing season..he’s not going to be a difference maker. On the other hand..Hanner is entitled to complete what will be a long legal process. I can handle letting him play thru that process..as long as when the legal issues are resolved.. ..TC does something significant like suspending him for the first five games next year etc.. Assuming of course that a roster shake up doesn’t make the entire situation moot.

  • Ron

    Woohoo I’m so glad he’s back.

  • Ron

    Take away his scholarship

  • WhatsUpKnight

    totally agree, not much of a punishment and not much of a deterrent for the other players. sends a pretty clear signal that, ‘if you drive drunk and happen to get caught (and let’s not kid ourselves, tweet or no tweet, it’s pretty safe to assume he didn’t just happen to get caught the very first time he drove drunk), it’s ok because we love you and you’re family. sit out a couple games, run a few extra laps, and welcome back to iu basketball! we’ll even release a complimentary statement about you to the media!’

    nevermind that fact that this team’s lack of leadership and dedication has had a tremendous impact on this team, or that iu’s reputation had just recently been reestablished after the KS debacle. really ticks me off CTC and crew apparently didn’t learn their lesson. i’m ok with not dismissing him (though i also would have been ok if he was), but at least keep him in street clothes for the rest of the season!

  • Taz

    Yeah, the stupid on the internet gets bigger – as your post indicates.

    If the above scenario happened, sure Hanner would probably deny it. But, seriously – do you REALLY think this is the first time since Dec 6th that he’s been out drunk? The coaching staff couldn’t be monitoring the players? It’s pretty apparent they’re not monitoring themselves (Hanner DRIVING Yogi around – drunk).

    In December, Hanner would have been only 20 years old – still undeage. Now, I’m not naive enough to think college kids won’t drink – even ones on the basketball team. But to underage drink and drive OFF CAMPUS as a basketball player AT A HIGH-PROFILE PROGRAM LIKE IU? And your point guard -who SHOULD be the team leader – is riding shotgun? Dan Dakich was talking on his radio show today about just how immature this IU team is – this is Exhibit A.

    ” . . . stupid on the internet just gets bigger and bigger” – yep, at least you’re right about ONE thing. Man, I swear, some people just don’t get it – and never will.

  • Taz

    Remember the Purdue game – when Will was JOGGING back on defense as Purdue ws hustliing down the court on fast break after fast break in the 2nd half? If your SENIOR leader doesn’t bust it, how are you gonna get the effort from the younger guys?
    Answer – you won’t. And they’re not. This team has all the talent it needs to be successful – but the culture is horrible. And, yes, it’s on Crean and the coaching staff.

  • Taz

    Just search for Andrew Sherman thru Twitter – then look at his 2/14 post. As much as Crean tweets, he could easily send a PM to try to corroborate the info – but it’s much easier to just take your players’ word for it, isn’t it?

  • Da Doctor

    I’m guessing had he hit and killed someone in a drunken stupor, Crean would have given him three games off. I have no respect for Crean and his very lax attention to what could have been fatal for HP or an innocent bystander.

  • Da Doctor

    Okay HF, answer this for me. How can a kid who came to Bloomington under sponsorship via AHope with no money, no lap top, no cell phone, all of a sudden after a year have a car and money for booze and gas? If it’s not his, who’s car was it, who bought or furnished the booze, and who was with him earlier in the evening as rumored? Something very strange with this particular arrest. Oh, and where’d he get the $1500 to bond out? And….did he have a valid license?

  • Da Doctor

    If that’s true about Yogi, why hasn’t he been punished? Is it “rumor” or does someone have proof of it?

  • HoosierFan

    It does make one wonder. How many bumper stickers must one buy to supply all of that?

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