Reports: Hanner Mosquera-Perea out with knee injury

  • 01/13/2015 10:05 am in

Junior forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea suffered a kneecap injury on Monday and will be out for 2-4 weeks, according to multiple reports on Tuesday morning.

The 6-foot-9 Colombia native has started every game for the Hoosiers this season, averaging 7.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in more than 20 minutes per game.

Mosquera-Perea recorded his first career double-double just three games ago at Nebraska, when in 22 minutes of action he recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds.

But in the two games since then, Mosquera-Perea has played just 18 minutes total — with foul trouble keeping him sidelined and freshman Emmitt Holt playing replacement minutes.

The 6-foot-7 Holt likely will see more playing time with Mosquera-Perea injured. In 12 games this season, Holt is averaging 5.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and a 71.9 percent field goal rate in 12.3 minutes of action per game.

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  • IU diehard from CT

    I usually disagree with most things you say, but maybe playing him reverses his mindset and motivates him to work harder

  • ForeverIU

    I’m all for it.

  • Gregory Spera

    April’s situation reminds me of Hartman last year, when no matter HOW desperate we were for outside shooting, Hartman was not going to play. Now, for whatever reason, no matter how desperate we are for front court help, April is not going to see the floor. Wish we knew the reasoning.

  • Gregory Spera

    I would be happy with just five hard fouls from April against Purdue.

  • TomJameson

    I feel about the same C&C, I hope April is working his butt off trying to earn some playing time. We can all surmise all we want about what is happening with him, but we really just don’t know. If in some non-critical game (we have any more of those?) CTC wants to give him some minutes then go for it. But I can’t see experimenting when we can’t afford to do so. We might see the need to throw him and/or Priller into a game for a few minutes in the next few games, but I’d rather not be forced into playing somebody when he’s not ready.

  • Derek

    I seen a ton of arguments last week about who deserves more minutes per game between holt and hmp. Was there a lot of talk that hanner shouldn’t even see the floor?

  • TomJameson

    Wish I knew as well, but whether it’s injury related, work ethic related, skill level related, etc… I can respect that CTC doesn’t want to share every little detail with the world. Personally I think it’s possible to be a bit of all the above. Maybe if we get a 20 point lead late in the 2nd half of a game, we can get a glimpse of April playing for a few minutes.

  • IU diehard from CT

    I remember watching JA’s YouTube clip and what I took away from that is one defining moment when he scoops up a loose ball on the floor, proceeds to dribble down the court and then finish. It also appears that he has some touch around the rim. Practices are NOT games, and I feel he needs to experience actual game play. None of us are at practices, but I believe that this kid can play. I think this is a great opportunity for ctc to get him some minutes

  • TomJameson

    I’m sorry, I wasn’t aware that you didn’t want to hear that “reason” (not excuse) to explain why a player wasn’t as sound in his fundamentals. Of course every player is the same so your example of a player is correct and everybody else’s is wrong. Next time I post I’ll ask you what you’d like to hear so as to not upset your sensibilities and vast knowledge of all people and situations.

  • Gregory Spera

    I would take 49 year old Will Purdue right now.

  • TomJameson

    Even CTC has mentioned how good Aprils hands are, and he had a decent little shot (probably watched the same clip). But if April got into a game and turned the ball over a few key times, didn’t score or rebound, and just generally didn’t play well, can you imaging how these boards would sound after that performance? I too would like to see April play, but I’m going to trust the coaching staff who DO watch the practices, to set the lineups. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him for a few minutes in the next few games while Hanner is recovering.

  • Kyl470

    I thought losing Davis for the year was our body blow. Losing HMP could be the knockout punch.

  • FinEndNow

    I dont trust this coaching. But that is just me.

  • TomJameson

    Hahaha, I hope not. I think losing Hanner for (hopefully just) a few games might be a wakeup call to all of us as to just how important he is to out team. But I think we have some alternatives (stop-gap measures) in that Holt can play, Hartman and Priller can back him for for some minutes, and if April isn’t nursing an injury or in the dog-house, maybe we’ll see him for a few minutes.

  • Arch Puddington

    To the best of my recollection, there has never been any talk like that. Some people argue that Holt deserves more playing time than he has been getting, others argue that Holt and Perea should be on the floor at the same time at least occasionally, and a few argue that Holt should start instead of Perea. But everyone agrees they should both play, its just a question how much and under what circumstances.

  • TomJameson

    Why don’t you apply for his job? First let them know you’ll do if for a million a year to save some IU money. Then let them read all your ITH postings so they’ll get a good understanding of just how good you really are. Show off your knowledge of lineups, substitutions, inbound plays, etc… And there you go, a shoo-in for sure! LOL

  • TomJameson

    That, I believe, is a good recollection Arch, and well stated.

  • FinEndNow

    Never said I wanted his job. I just don’t trust his decision making.

  • TomJameson

    Okay, and probably shouldn’t have piled on you like that, but when it comes to sharing information about his players to the public, I LIKE his decision making. I am absolutely positive that there are tons of decisions that are made for reasons not made public. We see the final decision, but not the process of making the decision. That makes it really easy to second guess and to actually guess as to what is going on. I for one don’t HAVE to know everything (Doesn’t mean I don’t WANT to know), but I have to respect the decisions of those in charge because it’s their jobs. If the leadership changes, then I’ll give them the same respect because they are leading the team at the time. Well, that went longer than I thought. Sorry! LOL

  • FinEndNow

    It it great to keep everything in house. I am talking about not trusting him coaching in a game.

  • dwdkc

    We just keep getting smaller and smaller. Seem to be cursed with the big guys in the last year. Holt’s big opportunity to show what he’s got, and time to break out of the shooting slump JBJ.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    If there was ever a time to rely on our shooting to carry us through a stretch of the season, here it is. Isn’t that why we were so stoked to nab JBJ, RoJo, Nick, et al?

  • inLinE6

    I thought they were looking to medical red-shirt him for the season. Do they have to announce red-shirt before season goes too far? Or can they retrospect at the end of the season?

  • inLinE6

    That’s a tough blow. I never thought Hanner could get injured. Look at that body!

  • IUMIKE1

    Every player needs their button pushed a little bit differently, maybe giving him some PT and telling him BEFORE he goes in that they will be watching to see if PT translates into better effort in practice will be enough to get him practicing at a higher rate. Normally I would say make him earn the PT by way of what he does in practice, but it has gotten to the point where our rotation is anything but normal.

  • IUMIKE1

    Plus last I heard CH was still on a limited number of minutes a game. The last thing I can remember Crean saying about it was that they had been able to increase his minutes, but that he was still limited to a certain number of minutes per game. Hopefully I have missed Crean addressing that subject and he no longer has a minutes limit or he has been able to work up to a number where we can limp by without going over it. Just have a feeling that there is going to be times where EH has to sit for extended minutes due to foul trouble causing CH to have to play several more minutes than he has been.

  • IUMIKE1

    Hell I didn’t see any reason why he couldn’t have gotten a few minutes in the MSU game, it wasn’t like the game was on the line at any time. I know Crean probably wanted the ones that were on the court to learn to do some things under actual game conditions, but felt like it would have been a good time to have gotten him at least a few minutes.

  • ForeverIU

    Plus, remember that one game (can’t remember), when EH had to come out because of his knee? I hope this is not another tender spot as well.

  • SCHoosier

    He also said Peter (J) can help us. Need I say more?

  • SCHoosier

    Painter did that to keep Hammon out of early foul trouble..seems to have helped both of those guys.

  • SCHoosier

    It was a wasted year to play him at all. Could have red-shirted..unless for some reason ..oh well you know what I mean.

  • SCHoosier

    Very sorry to hear about Hanner. I thought he was trying very hard this year to impact the team. Huuummm..u think anybody left on the schedule might try to attack IU in the paint? Just a thought):

  • Arch Puddington

    How does Mrs. Spera feel about that? 🙂

  • It’s Priller time!

  • they could lose all of those games with HMP, too. Illinois, Purdue, and Maryland have pretty good big guys, too. The going is getting rough and we’re about ready to see how tough this team really is.

  • they just won against OSU, basically without Hanner. I hope to see a few contributions from some of the new guys. Hoetzel particularly. I’d like to see April and other deep bench residents getting a few minutes here and there. Anyone who is willing to play extremely hard should get a shot tonight. Why not give Priller a few minutes? Who knows what might happen, if they hussle and give great energy. It’s worth a shot. Nobody expected Holt to do what he’s now doing.

  • totally agree. I want to see a few minutes from guys who never play. It’s time and they need to get a chance. Not looking for miracles, just a couple defensive stops and a few rebounds from a few new faces.

  • ha ha, I came here to say the same thing! Great minds…

  • agree. I want scrub action, even if for only a few minutes each. If Hartman and Holt pick up quick fouls, someone else is going to have to step in and fill the middle. This is going to be a big issue with Illinois, Purdue, and Maryland, without Hanner. Time to give others a shot. Something might actually happen unexpectedly. Nobody expected Holt to do what he’s now doing. Give them a shot, it’s time.

  • Priller can’t be any worse than Pritchard a few years ago, and Crean played him every game, until he fouled out.

  • I literally laughed out loud to that. And I agree.

  • Priller seems to play very hard, too. There is no substitute for someone who comes out full of energy and heart. We’re going to need that, so give the guy some playing time. Get him comfortable on the floor and allow him to eventually contribute. Do it now, not after it’s too late.

  • we’re going to need a LOT more size against several of the teams we’re going to be facing very soon. Purdue and Illinois have very good big guys, so does Wisconsin, obviously. And Maryland. We are going to need them, and I’m completely uninterested in lame excuses from the coach. If we drop 4 or 5 straight and are getting killed on the inside, and he remains obstinate about not playing these guys, I will turn my back on this coach once and for all.

  • I hear Wisconsin has some big guys that might be pretty good. And Purdue has 2 7-footers who play lots of minutes, one of them very good and very big. Illinois’ Egwu is tough. Maryland is big and good. Not sure if you were being sarcastic or not, but yes, IU’s biggest inside challenges are in the weeks ahead. We are about to be attacked inside in ways unseen in this season thus far.