Check out 17 photos of James Blackmon Jr. from his time this week in Chicago for the 2014 McDonald’s All-American game in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. The 2014 McDonald’s All-American game airs tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
All photos courtesy of Brian Spurlock for the McDonald’s All-American game.
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Hanner Mosquera-Perea.
Mosquera-Perea (29 games): 2.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.4 blocks, 57.5% FG, 72.3% FT in 7.7 minutes per game.
Hanner Mosquera-Perea came to Bloomington in the summer of 2012 with a serious wingspan and incredible highlights. But after serving a nine-game suspension handed out by the NCAA during the non-conference slate of his freshman season, he was a non-factor, averaging just 5.8 minutes per game. While Mosquera-Perea displayed athleticism, his lack of fundamentals and court awareness saw him as mostly an observer during 2012-13′s Sweet 16 run.
With his sophomore season now in the books, Mosquera-Perea’s time on the court improved by just 1.9 minutes per game, even with the departed Cody Zeller and Christian Watford leaving room in the frontcourt. Part of this was due to Noah Vonleh’s presence on the team and the two big men never pairing together. The other part was this: Though improved, Mosquera-Perea’s still has ground to make up before he’s fully trusted for long stretches and crucial periods.
Start here: His turnover percentage of 25.7 was nearly worst on the team (Devin Devis: 25.8 percent). The Colombia native’s hands made him susceptible to drops and any work with his back to the basket in the post could be an adventure. Still, it wasn’t all bad. When he got to the line, he showed a smooth stroke. His percentage from the charity stripe (72.3 percent) was fifth best on the team. He led the team in block percentage (6.1), effective field goal percentage (57.5) and true shooting percentage (64.2). He was hyper-efficient at the rim, hitting 60.6 percent of his shots there. Only Will Sheehey (61.6 percent) bested that mark.
James Blackmon Jr. met with the media at the United Center this afternoon in anticipation of Wednesday evening’s McDonald’s All-American Game.
Watch as he talks about winning last night’s 3-point contest, his high school season and his thoughts on next year’s IU squad in the embedded media player below:
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Jeremy Hollowell.
Hollowell (29 games): 5.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 35.1% FG, 21.9% 3FG, 77.9% FT in 18.3 minutes per game.
Last October in our player profile of Jeremy Hollowell, I presented the IU forward as a candidate for a major step forward as a sophomore.
At the time, Tom Crean had recently noted that Hollowell was the team’s leading scorer through the first five practices but caveated the statement by saying the Lawrence Central product still had work to do efficiency wise.
Unfortunately, Hollowell’s efficiency never came around and as a result, the preseason prognostication of Hollowell taking a step forward never materialized with any consistency.
Hollowell started in all but one of IU’s non-conference games and averaged 8.6 points over that span, but his production never really suggested he was best suited in that role. His effective field goal percentage in non-conference games was just 40.8, which was second worst among rotation regulars.
To compound his on-court struggles, Hollowell was benched for three games (at Penn State, Wisconsin, Northwestern) for what Crean called “focus issues.”
McDonald’s All-American week is off to a very good start for Marion guard James Blackmon Jr.
The 6-foot-3 Indiana-bound senior won the McDonald’s All-American 3-point shootout on Monday night at the University of Chicago’s Gerald Ratner Athletic Center.
Blackmon Jr. scored 23 points in the event to beat Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis (20), Duke’s Grayson Allen (14) and undecided Myles Turner (10).
Here’s video of Blackmon Jr’s performance:
The future Hoosier then beat Tennessee signee Alex Middleton in the boys’ vs. girls’ 3-point shootout, 20-19.
The McDonald’s All American Game will air live Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Cunningham sets decision date
Class of 2014 Morgan Park (Ill.) forward Josh Cunningham, rated 107th nationally in the 247Composite, will announce his college decision on Wednesday, Apr. 9.
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Austin Etherington.
Etherington (30 games): 2.0 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 32.6% FG, 23.8% 3FG, 78.1% FT in 10.6 minutes per game.
Entering the 2013-2014 season on a team that had lost more than three-quarters of its shooting in the offseason prior, redshirt sophomore Austin Etherington found himself in a peculiar situation. He was coming off an offseason of rehabilitation after breaking a kneecap on Dec. 8, 2012, in a game against Central Connecticut State, but he was expected to be an immediate contributor, as well.
“What we need Austin to do is make jump shots,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said before the season began. “We need Austin to hold his ground defensively. We need Austin to get out and get out on that break and be a guy that can space the court.”
And in early playing time opportunities this season, Etherington — who Crean, in fact, hoped to be a long-range contributor — rarely attempted shots from behind the arc. He attempted just three 3-pointers in the first eight games of the season. Against North Florida, on Dec. 8, Etherington made two 3-pointers — his first since more than a year earlier (against Sam Houston State).
But even toward the end of the non-conference season, Etherington’s playing time diminished: He played only six minutes against Kennesaw State in the finale and just three in the Big Ten-opening loss at Illinois.
Temple transfer Anthony Lee will play in the Big Ten next season as the former Owl picked Ohio State over a list of suitors that included Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville and Notre Dame.
“Anthony Lee is an Ohio State Buckeye!,” Lee’s father, Anthony Sr., told Inside the Hall in a text message.
The news was first reported by Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.
Indiana and Notre Dame both visited Lee on Wednesday at Temple before he departed on Thursday for an official visit to Ohio State.
Lee joins an Ohio State frontcourt that will also include seniors Amir Williams and Trey McDonald.
As recently as Thursday, Lee’s father told Inside the Hall that he “planned to take other visits.”
In his redshirt junior year at Temple, Lee led the American Athletic Conference with 8.6 rebounds per game while adding 13.6 points per game.
Update: Lee just posted the following on his Twitter account:
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