That’s A Wrap: Peter Jurkin

  • 04/04/2014 9:14 am in

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

Jurkin (3 games):  0.2 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.2 blocks, 0.0% eFG, 40.0% FT in 1.4 minutes per game.

Tom Crean received a verbal commitment from Peter Jurkin in August of 2010 and the Sudan native became the first recruit of the 2012 class. Jurkin’s pledge came at a time when the program was searching for bodies. The likes of McDonald’s All-Americans like Cody Zeller, Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon Jr. had yet to surface and usher in a more competitive era of basketball under Crean.

At the time, we noted that Jurkin showed promise as a rim protector, ran the floor well and needed to add some muscle to his frame. As we’ve come to find, a floor-running big can fit well in Crean’s offense. But Jurkin remains just a deep reserve for the Hoosiers with his second season in Bloomington now in the books. The numbers are small: Only three appearances (including just one minute of play in the Big Ten during the blowout at Purdue) two total points, zero made field goals.

Jurkin missed much of his junior high school season and all of the following AAU season with a stress fracture in his right leg. Injuries have continued to hinder his progress at IU. A suspension and a foot malady slowed him during his freshman year, one in which he also saw extremely limited minutes (just seven).

This year, it appeared as if Jurkin continued to work through pain, as he was often spotted in an aircast. Basketball movements — cuts, jumps, slides and screens on hardwood — often do little favors to players who don’t have the ideal body to handle it — especially 7-footers. Jurkin’s pencil thin legs — like Maurice Creek’s before him — have left him in a frustrating spot.

Bottom Line: Frontcourt depth has been a major topic of discussion so far this season with Noah Vonleh and Luke Fischer now gone, but Jurkin has yet to show he’s capable of stepping up to fill the void. As of now, it’s looking likely that Jurkin may continue to provide deeper frontcourt relief next season for the Hoosiers as he works towards his degree.

PreviouslyStanford RobinsonTroy WilliamsCollin HartmanNoah VonlehDevin DavisAustin EtheringtonJeremy Hollowell, Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Yogi Ferrell

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  • marcusgresham

    Because shooting sleeve = d-bag

  • Lobills

    I was responding to the poster that was suggesting Peter wasn’t being allowed to play. That’s why I was referencing being blackballed.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Can they have lightning bolts? Nothing says class like some sweet lightning bolts.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Yes, implying that you are doing something to avoid bad PR is a good PR move…

  • Hoosier Hall

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if Jurkin came out of nowhere and had a bust out senior year and was drafted in the top 10? Crazier things have happened.

  • ForeverIU

    Keep manifesting good things brother!

  • Hoosier Hall

    Is any of this factual or are you being facetious?

  • Hoosier Hall

    Would his pro nickname be The Jurkinator or Workin’ Jurkin??!

  • ForeverIU

    I think this joke has long become stale.

  • Dagwoods

    I could’ve sworn Jeremiah Rivers wore one, occasionally. Didn’t help.

  • marcusgresham

    It could be similar to Rik Smits. Everyone tried to bulk him up and his legs couldn’t handle the additional weight. Larry Brown was the one who finally told him, “I don’t care how much you weigh. You play at the weight at which you feel comfortable,” and that’s when Smits finally became a solid pro.
    I don’t know if Jurkin’s legs could handle more.

  • marcusgresham

    He’ll have to sit out a year, though.

  • marcusgresham

    I honestly think Mosquera-Perea has progressed. He probably got by on sheer athleticism in high school, but you could see pretty early on in his IU career that he couldn’t even consistently catch a pass. Was he over-rated coming out of high school? I’d say yes, but there has been some progress. You can see a better understanding in his game, too. Obviously he’s nowhere near where everyone wants him to be but it’s not like he hasn’t gotten better.

  • Bruce

    He will be great when he is 28

  • Blair McKee

    Rudy – Rudy – Rudy!