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Video: Tom Crean, IU players react to win over Laval

MONTREAL — Indiana opened its five-game Canadian tour with a comfortable 110-70 win over Laval University on Friday night at Brebeuf College.

Following the win, Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell (22 points, six assists, four rebounds, three steals), James Blackmon Jr. (14 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals), Robert Johnson (12 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals) and Troy Williams (21 points, six rebounds and a steal) met with the media to discuss the win.

Watch video of both press conferences below:

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Hanner Mosquera-Perea not on Canada trip

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MONTREAL — Indiana will begin its five-game tour in Canada without a player who figures to be a major part of the upcoming season.

Junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea was not at Indiana’s first game against Laval University at Brebeuf College on Friday night. An IU spokesperson said Mosquera-Perea’s absence was due to a visa related issue and that it was possible he could join the team later on the tour.

“It’s truly a day-to-day thing,” Tom Crean said prior to the tip-off of the tour.

Through his first two seasons in Bloomington, Mosquera-Perea has averaged 2.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in 6.9 minutes per game.

Earlier this summer, Crean spoke about the importance of Mosquera-Perea taking a step forward entering his junior season.

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

Video: Rawle Alkins, Kyle Guy highlights at adidas Nations

Christ the King (NY) guard Rawle Alkins posted 19 points (7-of-12) in a losing effort for Team Wall in Sunday’s championship finals of adidas Nations. Alkins flashed a strong ability to get to the rim off the bounce and threw down an emphatic lefty dunk near the end of the game.

Lawrence Central’s Kyle Guy added eight points (4-of-7) on two jump shots, a breakaway lay-up and a runner from the right side.

Watch their highlights in the embedded media players below:

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Video: Tom Crean previews IU’s Montreal tour

Indiana coach Tom Crean discussed his team’s upcoming five-game exhibition tour that begins on Friday in Montreal earlier this afternoon. Watch his comments below, courtesy of IU Athletics:

Video: Thon Maker, Eron Gordon adidas Nations highlights

In the championship finals of adidas Nations, Indiana targets Thon Maker and Eron Gordon of Team Lillard helped best Team Wall, 106-78.

Maker put up an efficient line, going 6-of-6 from both the floor and the line. He finished the game with 18 points and eight boards. Maker ran the floor and was rewarded with dunk opportunities while continuing to flash range from the outside.

In a game with the defense asleep at the wheel, Gordon got a healthy amount of breakaway looks at the rim en route to 16 points (8-of-15) with his brother and former IU star Eric watching courtside.

Watch their highlights in the embedded media players below:

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Indiana making a late push for 2015 wing Terance Mann

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Indiana hasn’t been recruiting class of 2015 wing Terance Mann for very long, but the Hoosiers have already made up a lot of ground with the four-star prospect.

The 6-foot-5, 180 pound standout from the Tilton School (N.H.) announced a list of six finalists on Sunday night and many were surprised to see Indiana among the list.

“I started hearing from them right after the Peach Jam,” Mann told Inside the Hall on Wednesday. “I like how hard coach (Tom) Crean makes his guys work and the fanbase.”

Playing with the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) finals at the Peach Jam, Mann averaged 9.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in 29.2 minutes per game.

The Hoosiers join Arizona State, Boston College, Florida State, Marquette and Rhode Island as Mann’s finalists. Mann said Wednesday he doesn’t plan to trim his list any further and intends to pick from the six remaining schools.

His mom, Daynia La-Force, is the women’s basketball coach at Rhode Island.

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Peter Jurkin transferring to East Tennessee State

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Former Indiana center Peter Jurkin will finish his collegiate career at East Tennessee State.

Jurkin announced his decision to transfer in late June and announced his destination today on his Twitter account:

Jurkin played just 11 minutes last season for the Hoosiers and averaged 0.3 points and 0.5 rebounds.

The South Sudan native originally came to Indiana in the 2012 class with Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Jeremy Hollowell and Yogi Ferrell.

A former three-star recruit, Jurkin was never healthy at Indiana as he struggled to overcome leg injuries.

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