That’s A Wrap: Hanner Mosquera-Perea

  • 04/02/2014 9:00 am in

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

Mosquera-Perea (29 games): 2.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.4 blocks, 57.5% FG, 72.3% FT in 7.7 minutes per game.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea came to Bloomington in the summer of 2012 with a serious wingspan and incredible highlights. But after serving a nine-game suspension handed out by the NCAA during the non-conference slate of his freshman season, he was a non-factor, averaging just 5.8 minutes per game. While Mosquera-Perea displayed athleticism, his lack of fundamentals and court awareness saw him as mostly an observer during 2012-13’s Sweet 16 run.

With his sophomore season now in the books, Mosquera-Perea’s time on the court improved by just 1.9 minutes per game, even with the departed Cody Zeller and Christian Watford leaving room in the frontcourt. Part of this was due to Noah Vonleh’s presence on the team and the two big men never pairing together. The other part was this: Though improved, Mosquera-Perea’s still has ground to make up before he’s fully trusted for long stretches and crucial periods.

Start here: His turnover percentage of 25.7 was nearly worst on the team (Devin Devis: 25.8 percent). The Colombia native’s hands made him susceptible to drops and any work with his back to the basket in the post could be an adventure. Still, it wasn’t all bad. When he got to the line, he showed a smooth stroke. His percentage from the charity stripe (72.3 percent) was fifth best on the team. He led the team in block percentage (6.1), effective field goal percentage (57.5) and true shooting percentage (64.2). He was hyper-efficient at the rim, hitting 60.6 percent of his shots there. Only Will Sheehey (61.6 percent) bested that mark.

Simply put: When Mosquera-Perea was able to get looks near the rim — 65.0 percent of his makes were assisted there — he was pretty hard to stop.

In Indiana’s win over Ohio State on March 2, this was on display. The big man scored on a couple nice pick-and-rolls plays with Yogi Ferrell and Evan Gordon en route to a season-high eight points. He also recorded three blocks on the other end of the court. But he failed to score against Nebraska a few days later, didn’t even see the court on the road against Michigan and played just two minutes during Indiana’s opening round loss to the Illini in the Big Ten Tournament.

Mosquera-Perea was also suspended for two games in February, a discipline rendered after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Bottom Line: While Mosquera-Perea’s fundamentals and basketball IQ are still a work in progress, it’s clear he’s improved upon them from his freshman campaign. Though his minutes were limited, his effort was always there. With Luke Fischer and Noah Vonleh gone, it’s possible Mosquera-Perea will be a starter next season and relied upon much more heavily to contribute in the frontcourt. Whether or not he’ll be able to be a net positive in such a role next season will depend upon how much he’s able to improve in the offseason.

All statistical rankings in this piece excluded Luke Fischer.

PreviouslyStanford RobinsonTroy WilliamsCollin HartmanNoah VonlehDevin DavisAustin Etherington, Jeremy Hollowell

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  • calbert40

    I understand that point, but where is the line drawn between giving a player who has a high TO rate, low BB IQ and questionable focus PT in order to develop, and giving him minutes he didn’t earn?

    It seemed to me as though this team had issues with focus (among other things). If you are the coach of a team with focus issues and a collectively low BB IQ, wouldn’t it make sense to at least give spot minutes to a player who excels in both areas? Even if it’s at the expense of a player who is clearly the superior athlete? Maybe Howard’s minutes were in response to poor practice preparation?

    You’re right that we will probably never know why Howard received 124 minutes of PT this year, but I’m just guessing that players like HMP didn’t earn those minutes, and instead of rewarding him with PT despite not earning it, he gave those minutes to Howard. Again, just spitballing here.

  • JJ

    “Part of this was due to Noah Vonleh’s presence on the team and the two big men never pairing together.”

    Pretty certain I asked that same question after just about every game on these boards and we still have no answer. He played every conceivable rotation except HMP / Vonleh. Was Crean ever even asked about this?

  • calbert40

    So, since they all turned it over too much, we should play the guy who turned it over the 2nd most often? That makes no sense.

  • JJ

    Bottom line is that he should have played more. The team was going nowhere and Crean was blind if he didn’t think Vonleh was leaving.

  • calbert40

    Why? What did HMP do that makes it obvious that he deserved more PT? He was 8th on the team in minutes played, so it isn’t like he never saw the floor. He was a constant TO machine. In the beginning of the season, he wasn’t as good as Luke, and Luke played more. Towards the end of the year, he was outplayed by the smaller Davis.

    He wasn’t very good this year. Top it off with an OWI, and it wasn’t his best effort. I hope he gets it all squared away for next year, because we will need him, but I have no problems with the amount of PT he received this season.

  • JJ

    Unless they add a JUCO or a transfer that can play immediately, what are the alternatives to him starting?

  • JJ

    Why? The position we’re in now is why. We have a 6’6 DD and 6’9 HMP as the only scholarship “bigs”. Unless they add a JUCO / Transfer, is Maten or Cunningham a better alternative?

  • calbert40

    You said he should have played more. Past tense. Not present tense. I don’t believe he did anything last year to warrant additional PT. This upcoming season, we may need a lot more out of him, and additional PT this past year would have helped, but if he didn’t earn it, he didn’t earn it.

  • JJ

    He did do a lot to earn more PT than Jeff Howard. The TO% and fouls was bad but his per min avg. were very respectable. He also finished around the rim and at the line.

    Bottom line for me is that Howard should never have seen the floor and HMP should’ve been allowed to play with Vonleh. We saw glimpses of what he could do when he got minutes (@xavierharkness:disqus pointed out): 14+ mins, 7.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. That warrants playing time in my book…

  • MillaRed

    One thing is for sure Calbert, this “Low basketball IQ” thing, I’m just tired of it. I don’t know where it came from, why it is tossed around so often, it is totally speculative.

    We do not have a “basketball test” to pass to these guys and measure this. It sounds like, well, an excuse on many levels.

    So if your team is not fundamental, turns the ball over at a high rate and can’t shoot, you’re basketball dumb?

    I’m not giving you a hard time I would just personally like to put the IQ thing to bed. And I hope I’m not alone.

  • ForeverIU

    Looking forward to those alley-oops.

  • wesmont

    With Fischer gone jurkin useless and nv leaving don’t you think it might have made sense to get Perea some minutes come what may?how much time was wasted on hollow ell?and how many turnovers did he make per minutes played?

  • E Foy McNaughton

    We clearly need an assistant coach upgrade, HMP needs one on one post coaching, it would be nice to see them bring in an Alan Henderson, Greg graham, Eric Anderson, some former IU player who could coach post-up and possibly offense specialist items.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I remember playing pick up games with them at the hyper and learning more in one game than 4 yrs of HS coaching

  • HoosierGrampy

    It’s the calculated risk or trade-off if you will that CTC didn’t want to take. Matta traded off Deshawn Thomas’s 3d grade skills on the defensive end for 20+ pts/game on offense. Although HMP may have been prone to a lot of TOs, we’ll never know how valuable he might have been on the other end of the court. IU gave up a lot of 2d-3d-4th chances on the boards when Noah wasn’t playing. Neither Howard nor Hollowell stepped up to fill the void. Perea was rarely given the chance.

  • HoosierGrampy

    From 1986-2011, I lived in Lexington, KY, and endured many of the same questions you’re asked. I also was asked if chairs needed to be bolted down when I came to visit…but my favorite moments occurred when the pUKe fans acknowledged via an extended finger that IU really was #1 in their heart of hearts.

  • baldy101

    If he would’ve gotten the PT Troy Williams did ……….One of the last games they said the game has finally slowed down for TW. If HMP played that much is game would be ……

  • KmanCRK

    I think that was Jurkin.

  • KmanCRK

    I think you saw the two big men concept early with Hanner and Fischer. But as the season went on you had to put the best 5 on the court, and Hanner just wasn’t better than too many people. He wasn’t going to take time away from Sheehey, Williams, Robinson, etc. You rarely even saw Howard & Vonleh or Davis and Vonleh on the floor at the same time for that reason. I wasn’t shocked at Hanner’s minutes this year for the most part since every minute of every game seemed so crucial. Where I thought Hanner lost a lot of time was last year. I recall a # of blow out games where he still didn’t get any time. Cody was still in the game up 20 with 1:30 to go. I recall screaming to put Hanner in just so the kid could get minutes. As you’ve stated on here today, a guy needs time on the court. But I saw enough this year to be excited at what he can become.

  • KmanCRK

    I agree, everyone was hating on Howard most of the time, but I thought he played really well at times. He could be counted on. People gripe about low IQs and such on this team, well Howard had a high IQ and was normally in the right place at the right time. I forget which game, but he had a stretch of a made basket, a steal and another made basket inside of 90 seconds. He played his rear off and earned playing time. Can’t forget playing time is earned.

  • KmanCRK

    You are right, and that’s why I’m excited for him next year. I think he’s been practicing against some great college players the last two years in Cody and Noah, and once his opportunity comes I expect him to seize it. He just can’t be too aggressive like he was at times this season. But I think everyone is underestimating what he “could” become.

  • Alford Bailey

    Hanners gotta be feeling pretty lucky. He gets a DUI and instead of getting kicked off the team he only gets a three game suspension. Now all of the sudden he is THE MAN in the low post at IU. Take advantage young man.

  • calbert40

    First off, I’d like to make certain that people understand that I am not suggesting that HMP is not an intelligent person when I suggest I believe he has a low BB IQ.

    Secondly, of course it is a completely subjective exercise. There is no way to statistically measure BB IQ much like there is no way to measure heart, desire or leadership. However, we don’t hesitate to say Player X has a ton of heart, or Player Y is an extension of the coach on the floor due to his leadership. What’s the difference? Should we stop using those terms also?

    And I gotta ask you this…you want to put this to bed, but do you disagree with my assessment of HMP’s play this year? Do you believe he exhibited a full understanding of how to accomplish the little things that don’t show up in a box score? You just said you didn’t like the phrasing, which I understand, but you never said you disagreed with my point. Just curious…not trying to bust your chops either.

  • calbert40

    Sure. OSU desperately needed a scorer, so Matta was willing to deal with Thomas’s shortcomings in order to get the 20 ppg. Matta made the trade.

    What was our biggest issue this season? I’d say we had two: turnovers and poor outside shooting. Obviously, HMP isn’t going to help with the shooting issues, and his presence on the floor made the TO situation worse. I just don’t see how giving HMP 15-20 mpg would have helped any of our biggest issues.

  • calbert40

    I don’t know that you can definitively state that HMP did a lot more to earn PT than Howard. None of us saw practice. We saw each of them play 7 or 5 minutes per game respectively. We didn’t see any of the hours and hours of practice.

    So far as your stats are concerned, it is an incredibly small sample size (3 games) where he played more than 14 minutes. One of those games was against Samford, so not the best competition.

    If we extend the sample size by looking at all games where he played at least 10 minutes (10 games), the stats dip quite a bit. In those 10 games, he averaged 12.4 mpg, 4.1 ppg, and 3.6 rpg.

    Those numbers aren’t bad, but they are basically what you’d expect out of the 8th player in your rotation, which is exactly what he was.

  • calbert40

    The PT wasn’t wasted on Hollowell until he decided to transfer. Now that we have the luxury of looking back at the season, we can say that those minutes were wasted. Even I have said we wasted the minutes on him. But during the season, while he was still part of the program, those we developmental minutes…just like HMP’s were developmental as well.

    Hollowell committed a TO approximately every 12.5 minutes played. HMP committed one approximately every 11.5 minutes played. Neither was great!

  • CreanFaithful

    Yes. I can’t remember when. Maybe a post game interview near the end of the season? He listed a variety of reasons, but his main concern was transition defense. It wasn’t effective in practice and he didn’t feel comfortable using it in games…

  • wesmont

    The point exactly,minutes for Howard or Marlin were just wasted.Hollowell made mistakes consistently but kept getting time.How about giving Perea the same benefit of the doubt?

  • MillaRed

    We all know what Hanner is. There is no disagreement there. I’m speaking more of labeling the entire team as low IQ opposed to just confessing we were not any good on multiple levels.

  • calbert40

    I see your point. I really wasn’t trying to label the whole team, but I can see how that can sound. Many players on this team, including HMP, were less than stellar at multiple items, including those little things that don’t show up in boxscores. That is probably a better way to say it than suggesting they don’t understand the game well. Mea culpa.

  • todd

    How ’bout Marco Killingsworth. Afterall, he had one nice game against Duke! Bring back Jeff Newton (off the dribble to the rim in Senior season or Kirk Haston (skyhook jedi) or AJ Moye. We need some assistant coach leadership!!!

  • calbert40

    I’m guessing, but I bet if we were privy to watching all of the practices, we’d probably have a better idea. Basically, we are making judgments when we see about 5 percent of the total body of work that makes up a player’s time in the program (and that is probably high). What happens in the other 95 percent off the time? I’m guessing if we knew the answer to that question, we’d have the ability to answer your questions better.

    So far as TOs are concerned, HMP committed them more frequently, and had the ball far less than Hollowell. That’s the problem with some stats. We look at those numbers and think that they are really similar, but they aren’t. For example, Yogi led the team in TOs. PGs should always lead the team in TOs, because they handle the ball far more often. It is like how in baseball, your best fielder is typically the SS…who also happens to lead the team in errors every year. More chances equals more errors (turnovers). HMP committed TOs more often than players who handled the ball more frequently. That is not a good stat at all for him.

  • Dee McDonald

    The most important factor and perhaps the biggest turing point for HMP was his DUI arrest. Regardless of the legal results, he screwed up and now Coach Crean owns his butt. I would be willing to bet the HMP worked harder from that point on because he was no longer given a choice than he ever has in his life. While it is a negative, it could propel him to actually achieve his potential. It’s work your butt off or you’re off the team times that could completely define his career at IU. I hope we see the beast that could be next year because I know for a fact that Coach Crean isn’t missing an opportunity to work that kid to death! And we’ll all be thankful for it next season. This is the opinion I choose to take.

  • Outoftheloop

    Ryan, the way that you phrased the lack of minutes in games for Hanner, it was like it was somehow HIS (Hanner’s) fault or decision. Tom Crean made all of those playing time decisions-except for the 2 game suspension. If Hanner is not fully ready to start at the 5, to play 25 + minutes/game, to be fully “trusted” by his teammates and coaches, to be the main frontcourt player for Indiana in 2014-15, then Crean has only himself to blame. The second that Luke left, everyone with a brain knew that Hanner and Peter Jurkin would have to be the IU Bigs for 2014-15! Jeff Howard was a nice human interest story, the “walk-on who played”. But every second that he was on the floor and Hanner was on the bench (which was 100% of his minutes), prevented the preparation and experience that Hanner and IU will need next season! NOT good coaching! Hanner played like a freshman this past year (i.e. like Devin Davis), because he was “essentially” a freshman. But he grew during the year, played well and deserved more playing time to develop.

  • Outoftheloop

    But Coach Crean WAS comfortable with losing 17 games without even trying one possible fix to the unraveling of the season. That defies belief!

  • Outoftheloop

    Have you ever watched an instructional video? The coaches prepare the video and the player watches, then works on what he just learned, then repeats this process until it is habitual and unthinking.

  • Outoftheloop

    There is no excuse to continue to roll Peter Jurkin under the bus. Play him or give him the medical hardship scholarship that does not count as 1 of the 13! Peter has done EVERYTHING he has ever been asked to do! He is an Academic All-B1G. He is a solid citizen and teammate. IU had to play Peter in one of the last few games to demonstrate that physically he just could or could not play. Why didn’t this happen?

  • Outoftheloop

    But he might be a terrific 3 year performer after sitting out 1 year and learning about the coaches, players and team concept! Next year is not the only need!

  • Outoftheloop

    Exactly!

  • Raskolnikov

    I think Hanner has a lot of upside. He showed a lot of promise near the end of the season. Why didn’t Hanner make the trip to Canada? Please inform, someone.