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Hanner Mosquera-Perea adjusting into ‘big role’

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During the offseason, Indiana coach Tom Crean was not shy about what he wanted to see from junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea this season.

He wanted to see the 6-foot-8 forward, who has missed time from suspensions in both of the two seasons he has played at Indiana, become more consistent on the court and more of a leader off it.

“It’s time to play,” he said in June. “It’s time to be really serious about playing extended minutes. 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.”

Nobody has received the message more clearly than Mosquera-Perea.

Just weeks into practice for this season, teammates are raving about the junior’s on-court performance. And the Colombia native said he has felt an increased responsibility to become more of a factor this season.

“My role right now is a big role,” Mosquera-Perea said on Monday. “Not just being that, being one of the oldest guys on the team. I feel like I have a lot that I need to accomplish with the team, helping the team on the court and off of the court.”

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Podcast on the Brink: A closer look at Robert Johnson

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Podcast on the Brink is back for another episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call.

Morris is joined this week by the high school coach of Robert Johnson, Ryan Marable, to discuss a variety of topics, including:

· Robert’s greatest strengths as a player
· What he thinks will be the biggest adjustment for Robert going from high school to college
· The former and current NBA players Robert’s game most reminds him of
· Robert’s personality off the court
· The question he asked Robert that helped convince him Indiana was the right place for him

So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at jerod@assemblycall.com.

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Big Ten writers pick Indiana to finish ninth

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The Big Ten conference won’t release an entire preseason poll at Thursday’s Big Ten Media Day in Chicago, but will instead unveil just the league’s top three teams in the preseason.

Ohio State beat writer Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch completed his annual poll of Big Ten writers (27, up to two per program) for the upcoming season and released the results this morning.

The league’s media voted Indiana to finish ninth.

Indiana received 163 votes, which was 33 behind Illinois and just one ahead of Maryland, which was picked to finish 10th. The media’s top three teams, according to the poll conducted by Baptist, are Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State.

The full poll is available after the jump.

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Announcement primer: 2015 guard Shake Milton

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On Wednesday afternoon, class of 2015 Owasso (Okla.) guard Shake Milton will announce his college decision at his high school. The announcement is expected to come at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Here’s our primer for the announcement with everything you need to know:

The essentials

Guard, 6-4, 185 pounds, Owasso (Okla.), MoKan Elite
247Composite: 4-star (84); ESPN: 4-star (71); Rivals: 4-star (66); Scout: 4-star (NR)
Offers: Baylor, Creighton, Houston, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas A&M, Tulsa, Wake Forest, Wichita State
Official visits: Oklahoma, SMU, Indiana

The primary contenders

Milton cancelled a previously scheduled official visit to Illinois, leaving him with a final three of Oklahoma, SMU and Indiana. He will be choosing from the three schools he took official visits to.

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Q & A: O.G. Anunoby talks IU commitment

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Class of 2015 Jefferson City (Mo.) forward O.G. Anunoby became the second member of Indiana’s 2015 recruiting class tonight when he announced his commitment to the Hoosiers at his high school.

Inside the Hall spoke with Anunoby about the decision and a full transcript of our Q & A is transcribed below:

On why he decided on Indiana:

“I just felt it was the best fit for me. I like the coaching staff. They probably recruited me the hardest.”

On what he liked about the coaching staff:

“How much they want to get their players better. I liked that a lot.”

On how difficult the decision was and whether he went back and forth on it:

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2015 forward O.G. Anunoby commits to Indiana

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Indiana received its second commitment for the class of 2015 on Tuesday evening when Jefferson City (Mo.) forward O.G. Anunoby announced for the Hoosiers at high school in front of family, friends and classmates.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward is rated the No. 241 prospect nationally in the 247Composite and chose Indiana over Georgia, Gonzaga, Iowa, Ole Miss and several others.

Anunoby visited Bloomington unofficially in August and then took an official visit earlier this month.

As a junior at Jefferson City, Anunoby averaged 21.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game and was named first team all-state in Missouri for Class 5.

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Indiana announces Hoosier Hysteria details

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Indiana announced on Tuesday afternoon that Hoosier Hysteria will start at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, and that doors to Assembly Hall will open an hour before, at 5 p.m.

This year’s event also includes a 64-team 3-on-3 student-only basketball tournament, which will start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday outside Assembly Hall. The final will be played in Assembly Hall just before the start of Hoosier Hysteria.

As always, fans are encouraged to bring canned food items to donate to Hoosier Hills Food Bank, even though admission is free as is parking. After the event, the team will sign autographs for an hour on the Assembly Hall concourse.

A full press release detailing this year’s Hoosier Hysteria is posted after the jump:

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