Mosquera-Perea expected to return in mid-February

  • 01/23/2015 7:18 pm in

Tom Crean was a guest on the Jim Rome Show on Friday and discussed a variety of topics (full interview here), including a return date for Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

The 6-foot-9 junior suffered a left knee injury in practice on Monday, Jan. 12 and IU announced that he would be out indefinitely. On Friday in an interview with Rome, Crean said he expects the Colombia native to be available beginning in mid-February.

“We’re gonna get healthy with Hanner Perea probably in the middle of the month somewhere, which will help us, certainly around the basket and bringing that presence that we have to have on the defensive end and the offensive end,” Crean told Rome.

Mosquera-Perea, who watched last night’s win over Maryland from the locker room according to an IU spokesperson, is averaging 7.4 points and five rebounds in 20.9 minutes per game.

In his absence, sophomore Collin Hartman has started three straight games and he scored a career-high 15 points in IU’s win over Maryland on Thursday.

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  • sarge

    Get well soon Hanner! We need your presence to be a complete team. Come back from injury with a chip on your shoulder like Colin!

  • indianaourindiana

    The watching from the locker room thing seems weird. Wonder what that was all about

  • inLinE6

    Sounded like some discipline going on…

  • inLinE6

    We need Hanner! But he really needs some fight to get back with his starting position. I don’t see it as a given. He really needs to fight now.

  • Good to hear. But how will that affect our starting lineup and rotation overall? Does Hartman become a backup again? That’s hard to see. Play HMP and Hartman together? That would be great, but who comes out? Not Yogi or JBJ. So that leaves RoJo and Troy. The way our starters are playing, I can’t envision any of them losing their starting position, but I guess that’s a good problem to have.

  • ForeverIU

    The nice thing about Collin is that he is the quintessential multi-positional player and therefore will not always be in the game at the expense of other “bigs” or post players. But in the end CTC will use the combinations that will win games, and I think our players are selfless enough to be willing to sacrifice some of their own minutes in return for being on a winning team.

  • InTheMtns

    According to a tweet from Justin Albers, it was NOT for disciplinary reasons.

  • TomJameson

    It sounds to me like a way for him to really watch and learn how the team plays together, with Collin, without all those distractions that come with sitting on the bench. Wouldn’t doubt if he wasn’t compiling some sort of statistics as well. Just another guess.

  • TomJameson

    I like that, and I will add to it by saying that bringing Hartman off the bench won’t drop production at all. Hartman gives us more quality depth, and an instant energy spark from the bench … if that is how he’s played. ” … combinations that will win games … ” I think we have multiples of those! LOL

  • Dave Carnes

    That is what I have suspected

  • If this starting line-up keeps winning, I don’t think you change it. Also, it isn’t exactly the most important thing that a player starts, but rather, that he gets lots of playing time and makes contributions the entire time on the floor. After the first couple of minutes, the issue of who starts is irrelevant.

    That said, if you look back over the last several games Hanner played, it would have been better had he not started. The other team attacked him directly, he committed dumb fouls (and also some really bad calls…let’s be honest; some of them almost looked planned they were so bad). This was MSU/Izzo’s strategy, too. He came out after 2 minutes with 2 quick fouls in each of those games. So without him starting, maybe that frees him up to play more, without worrying about the opposition attacking him in order to get him out of the game, eliminating that strategy from the start. They can’t immediately attack our big guy in the first 90 seconds of the game, to soften him up and/or remove him…if he isn’t on the floor.

    Finally, this team, as is, should have by now earned their spots. Anyone else will have to “earn” their way into that mix. This line-up really came about while Hanner was still healthy, considering his early exits and minor contributions against PSU, Illinois, and OSU. If they keep winning, stick with the winning formula. If OSU, Purdont, and Wisconsin destroy us on the inside (still surprised this hasn’t happened yet), we’ll talk about changing things around.

    Having 5 shooters on the floor seems to be working right now. Hanner will be a major factor in future games when the shots simply aren’t falling. He was unbelievable in the Nebraska game and we’re going to need a LOT more of that going forward.

  • frankly, I worry about Hartman over-doing it. I still worry that one of these games, that knee is going to give out. I’d prefer him going 80% for the rest of the season, than 110% for the next 3 games and 0% after that. After last game, they iced his knee. I don’t like that.

  • SCHoosier

    Assume the current starting line-up stays in tact IF the Hoosiers continue to play well. We don’t need Hanner for the stretch drive. IU just one foul a way from having serious personnel issues in a future game. Glad to get HMP back in the mix. Wonder what kind of game condition he’ll be in. Can’t be doing much aerobic stuff with a bad knee cap.

  • dwdkc

    It really depends on how they are playing and what the matchups are. The super-small 5 scorers lineup certainly looked promising but will give up lots of inside buckets and putbacks. Against a team with a strong inside presence, we might need his rim protection. He was showing improvement on D before he went out.

  • rp

    why would you even think that. hope you knocked on wood after writing that.