Hanner Mosquera-Perea not on Canada trip

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MONTREAL — Indiana will begin its five-game tour in Canada without a player who figures to be a major part of the upcoming season.

Junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea was not at Indiana’s first game against Laval University at Brebeuf College on Friday night. An IU spokesperson said Mosquera-Perea’s absence was due to a visa related issue and that it was possible he could join the team later on the tour.

“It’s truly a day-to-day thing,” Tom Crean said prior to the tip-off of the tour.

Through his first two seasons in Bloomington, Mosquera-Perea has averaged 2.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in 6.9 minutes per game.

Earlier this summer, Crean spoke about the importance of Mosquera-Perea taking a step forward entering his junior season.

“It’s time to play. It’s time to be really serious about playing extended minutes,” Crean said. “It’s time to be an enforcer at the basket. It’s time to show that toughness that his body gives you. It’s going to have to happen or he won’t be out there as much. We need his consistency. It’s no more fun and games, now it’s time for you to lock in and mature and not anymore talk, let’s get at it.”

  • Hoosier Hall

    Hmmm… that’s odd. Well, more adversity isn’t what Hanner needs at this point.

  • GaHoosier

    Hanner just can’t caught a break!
    We need him on the court getting experience with all the new players.

  • http://Insidethehall.com/ HoosierKen73

    Well those who indicated we might see a four guard offense, may have not just been dealing in idle speculation.. In fact, we may.. That is a bummer. I surely hope it gets straightened out by Sunday or Monday’s games.

  • ILive4IUBball

    You woulda thought they’d get this **** straightened out long before this trip? I can’t wrap my head around this.

  • HoosierGrampy

    The Athletic Department has known about this schedule for almost a year. How pathetic to find out at the “last minute” that all but 1 duck are in the row.

  • Displaced Hoosier

    This sounds like a whistle blower at another school making life rough for IU players again

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    @^$*&#ers, can Hanner catch a break @ IU or what!?! this sux!!!!

  • http://batman-news.com Frustrated Hoosier

    It’s time for Tom crean to get “serious” about Hanner.

  • Banner6

    I agree. How did the university miss this? Or is it that we’re not getting the truth? For a university that hosts so many international students on a regular basis this doesn’t make sense. Could it stem back to probation related to his dwi charge? Who knows? Just doesn’t jive.

  • indigodoc

    I don’t know that this is what is going on but Canada doesn’t like to let people in the country who have dui’s on their record. I believe it’s 10 years before they consider you rehabilitated and safe to enter.

  • ForeverIU

    Folks we don’t know what happened so let’s not rush to conclusions.

  • BT

    If we move Blackmon to Center maybe he won’t be a one-and-done?

  • Tcuomo

    This isn’t on Hanner or IU for that matter. Canada takes DUI’s very seriously when Americans try to enter the country and will turn you back if you have one on your record.

  • TomJameson

    I work with people who have to depend on visas, and I guarantee you they can be fickle as the devil. They really can take forever, then all of a sudden they go right in. This is Government at it’s worse. I’m would guess IU knew about it long ago, but I would bet they didn’t want the visa issue to overshadow the whole event. If the visa came through we’d probably never have known there was a problem. Don’t blame IU or Hanner, the hold up would be the country he’s going to

  • ForeverIU

    Devin Davis with 16 rebounds. LOL!

  • Hardwood83

    I’m not as concerned about the ‘why’ Hanner isn’t there, as much as the fact Hanner can’t participate. Add in April being hurt and it already seems like a bust.

    Playing 4 guards and a small forward is useless imo.

    Very discouraging.

  • Michael Wade

    Devin Davis: 8pts, 16reb OMG!!!

  • Zach

    Hope this issue gets resolved quickly so Hanner can get some much needed game time. With this and April being hurt, it kind of disappoints me the team won’t get some game time with our main bigs to gel and get some experience playing together. While any IUBB is very much loved at this time, playing four guards and a small forward is strange

  • Bryce Kepner

    There is no way this has to do with anything legal (DUIs), if that was the case Yogi and Stan would probably be in some trouble. Visas can be difficult. I moved to south america a few years back and countries can change from one minute to the next on how accepting they are and how giving they are with visas. I just guess it has to do with him being Colombian, Multiple visas at work might be a little confusing to Canada. Hope it all gets sorted out for him to play on this trip

  • JohnFromBeyond

    This is Crean’s fault, clearly, If he was better at X’s and O’s then he could cut through all the red tape with the Canadian government and get them to change their laws and procedures for this exhibition match. Jeez. [FYI - that was sarcasm]

    Before you go blaming, read up on the Canadian visa red rape if you have a DUI on your record. They often refuse entry for this even if you are never going to drive. Special events don’t matter to them. Even George Bush had a problem because of a DUI in the 70’s! It all depends on the personal opinion of the agent that you talk to…

  • ForeverIU

    From the Web page of the US embassy in Ottawa:

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    Drunk Driving or other Criminal Record

    Anyone with a criminal record (including a drunk driving conviction)
    may be excluded from Canada. A waiver of exclusion may be issued but
    several weeks are required and a processing fee must be paid. Contact
    the Canadian Embassy or a Canadian Consulate in the U.S. for more information.
    *************

  • Bryce Kepner

    I understand what it says, but all we have is pure speculation right now. Some countries just like to be sticklers about visas for multiple reasons

  • ForeverIU

    I’m not saying the DUI was the issue. How would I know anyway? I’m just sharing the Canada policies I could find, since you said there is no way this has to do with DUIs.

  • marcusgresham

    Yogi and Stan didn’t have DUIs. They tried to use fake IDs. Usually you don’t get the DUI until after you’ve successfully used the fake ID.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Dude is a tank and I read that they (Laval) didn’t start anyone over 6′ 6″.

  • Bryce Kepner

    No I appreciate the info. Calm your jets there man

  • Bryce Kepner

    Yeah I know they didn’t have fake DUIs. I was just speculating like everyone else. I honestly have no clue what it’s all about.

  • HoosierGrampy

    FYI, I don’t have to research Canadian restrictions regarding granting visas to persons with a DUI to know that they didn’t take effect just last week. The sole point I was making was that it seemed incredulous that HMP’s status couldn’t have been resolved long before the day prior to their first game.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    Just because you know the rules doesn’t mean you can get what you want when you want. Lots of people end up stopped at the border, it’s a freaking mess. A young person with a Columbian passport and a recent DUI is apparently a major problem for the Canadians. It’s about as stupid as the NCAA waiting until the season started to suspend Hanner for doing nothing wrong. Some things are out of the control of the IU athletic dept.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    No one from the USA can visit Canada for 5 years after a DUI.

  • marcusgresham

    I was just saying that the fact that they were allowed to go and he wasn’t was in line with what others have said about the ban being put upon people specifically with DUIs….I just chose to be snarky in saying so. lol

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