That’s A Wrap: Hanner Mosquera-Perea

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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

Mosquera-Perea (26 games): 6.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 8.7 OR%, 59.4 2PFG% in 19.4 minutes per game.

The spotlight was thrust onto Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

Heading into the 2014-2015 season, Mosquera-Perea, who had never started a game in his Indiana career, was slated to start from the five position. At 6-foot-9, he was the Hoosiers’ best option at the position — after playing off the bench in his first two seasons behind the likes of Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh.

Ready or not, it was Mosquera-Perea’s time to make a contribution.

And throughout much of the 2014-2015 season, he did just that.

After developing his game through his first two years in Bloomington, Mosquera-Perea showed that the Hoosiers could not only play to him on offense, but through him, as well. He ran the court. He played through the paint. He got to the free throw line. And as his footwork improved significantly, as well, so too did his jump shot.

But in a season that he could have utilized a full 34 games of development, during a practice on Jan. 12, Mosquera-Perea dislocated his right knee. Right in the thick of Big Ten season, he was forced to be sidelined for seven games.

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IU announces donation of $2 million for new Assembly Hall entry plaza

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Indiana on Thursday evening announced a $2 million donation from Ken Nunn for a new entry plaza to the south entrance of Assembly Hall.

The addition will be named the Ken Nunn Champions Plaza and will be completed by the fall of 2016, in time for when renovations to the 40-plus-year-old arena will be finished, as well.

“We are thrilled and so very grateful to Ken for his generous gift to help renovate the future Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall,” IU vice president and director of athletics Fred Glass said. “The Ken Nunn Champions Plaza will be a centerpiece to the new Assembly Hall and we are honored that it will bear his name. His gift helps ensure that we are preserving one of the greatest home court advantages in college basketball.”

Renovations to Assembly Hall — which will be renamed the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall following the completion of the renovations thanks to a $40 million donation from Cindy Simon Skjodt in 2013 — have already begun. There also will be a public groundbreaking ceremony at the Cook Hall Entry Plaza on Monday, April 7, at 3:30 p.m.

“IU is a great university and the IU basketball program and its fan deserve the very best,” Nunn said. “It is my honor to support the renovation of Assembly Hall.”

The full press release from Indiana is available after the jump.

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Draft Watch: A look at the stock of Ferrell, Williams

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With a pair of lottery picks in 2013 and one in 2014, draft watch was a regular feature on the site the past two seasons. With no clear prospect headed for the 2015 NBA draft, we ditched the feature this season, but have resurrected it for a postseason edition as Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams appear to be on the radar, but aren’t sure things to be picked if they were to declare.

The key date this year for Indiana fans to know is Sunday, April 26, as the NBA’s early entry deadline for the draft is that day at 11:59 p.m. ET. The NCAA does have a deadline of its own on Tuesday, April 14, but it has no relevance as it is technically only a withdrawal deadline for players who have already declared to remove their name and retain NCAA eligibility moving forward. Even if a player doesn’t declare by April 14, he can still declare up until April 26, but will not have the option of pulling out of the draft if he declares after April 14.

This year’s NBA draft combine is scheduled for May 12-17 and team-specific workouts will occur in the weeks leading up to the draft on June 25.

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That’s A Wrap: Collin Hartman

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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Collin Hartman.

Hartman (31 games): 4.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 8.6 OR%, 64.2 eFG% in 19.7 minutes per game.

Collin Hartman was the surprise of the season.

After a freshman campaign where he was used sparingly on a squad that failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament or the NIT, Hartman tore his ACL during a workout in mid-March of last year. It was a tough blow and the odds of him making a significant contribution to Indiana’s re-tooled lineup seemed slim.

But Hartman put in the work during his recovery and proved the odds wrong.

“I’d never really not had basketball,” Hartman said in early December. “Just not being on the court, not being able to work with the guys and do everything everybody else does. It kind of just gave me a new hunger almost to just get out there and just be aggressive (and to) be able to help the team.”

Not only was he suited up for Indiana’s first game of the season, he started 11 games and went on to be the team’s best 3-point shooter from a percentage standpoint (45.6%). His eFG% of 64.2 was good for third on the squad behind Nick Zeisloft (67.4) and Emmitt Holt (65.0). 

Beyond his efficient offense game, Hartman was Indiana’s glue guy. He often seemed to find himself in the right place at the right time. He made the correct pass. He hustled for loose balls. He grabbed the important rebound. The sophomore also held his own on the boards, as his offensive rebounding percentage (8.6) trailed only Holt (13.5) and Troy Williams (9.5).

And when Mosquera-Perea went down with injury — or when Indiana decided to go small — Hartman did an admirable job at the center position for the Hoosiers. His best stretch 5 performance of the season came in a rout of Maryland at Assembly Hall. Hartman went 4-of-4 from the field (3-of-3 from distance) and knocked in 4-of-5 from the line for a career-high 15 points. Hartman also racked up three blocks during 29 minutes of action.

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That’s A Wrap: Troy Williams

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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Troy Williams.

Williams (32 games): 13.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 21.7 DR%, 55.0 eFG% in 27.6 minutes per game.

One of the biggest storylines that stood out from IU’s trip to Canada last August was the development of sophomore wing Troy Williams.

After a freshman season that saw him start and play significant minutes, it was clear Williams had work to do in order to take the next step as a player. And in Montreal and Ottawa, we saw the first signs of Williams showing off better ball handling, more confidence shooting the ball and more willingness to mix it up on the glass.

The transformation became more apparent once the regular season began as Williams, who missed the first four games of the season due to a suspension, improved his numbers across the board.

On the glass, he led the Hoosiers in rebounding at 7.4 per game and finished the season as the fourth best defensive rebounder in the Big Ten from a percentage standpoint. Williams had eight games of 10 or more rebounds and six double-doubles, which led the team.

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Video: Thomas Bryant McDonald’s All-American practice highlights, interview

Class of 2015 Huntington Prep (W.V.) big man Thomas Bryant is in Chicago this week for tonight’s McDonald’s All-American game and here’s a look at some of his highlights from one of the practices from earlier in the week via NextUpRecruits as well as an interview with PrepHoopsIllinois:

Crean on Devin Davis: “It’s going to take time”

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Indiana sophomore Devin Davis, who missed the entire 2014-2015 season after an accident on Nov. 1 that resulted in a traumatic brain injury, is continuing to make progress in his rehab, but there’s no firm timetable on his return according to Tom Crean.

On the ESPNU college basketball podcast earlier today with Andy Katz and Seth Greenburg, Crean said that he expects Davis to play again, but added that he still has a long way to go.

“I think the chances are good (that he can return). It’s still a long road,” Crean said. “He’s back doing workouts. We’ve started our individual workouts yesterday. In fact it’s almost 70 degrees here so I walked outside to take this call and he was down in the gym just now when I walked out of there. He just turned 21 the other day, so that was great to see him celebrate a birthday after everything that we went through in November.

“But it’s going to take time. We’re nowhere near the contact. We’re nowhere near where we can get up and down the court. We’re pushing him hard, we’re trying to get him better with his shot, keep building his conditioning, his strength, but we’re still a long ways off before he’s going to be able to play but we’ve been given no indication to believe that we wouldn’t be able to do that. But to put a timeline on it, still, even all of these months later, it’s still impossible to do.”

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