Hanner Mosquera-Perea Archive
Indiana cruised to a 105-59 win over Samford on Friday night by relentlessly attacking the basket. A look at two Jeremy Hollowell drives doing just that, as well as a couple defensive miscues by the Hoosiers in the latest edition of Film Session:
I. Evan Gordon pushes the ball up the court off his own defensive rebound:
Gordon isn’t able to find daylight to the hoop, so he shovels it off to Hollowell:
In its most well rounded performance of the season thus far, Indiana soundly defeated Stony Brook, 90-74, on Sunday night at Assembly Hall in the 2K Sports Classic.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from IU’s fourth win:
· Vonleh’s historic start continues: For the fourth straight game, freshman Noah Vonleh posted a double double and made it look relatively easy. The Haverhill (Mass.) product posted 18 points and 15 rebounds and committed just one foul. Through four games, the opposition has yet to have an answer for stopping him.
What’s so impressive about the start is how fundamentally sound Vonleh has been in the post. He knows how to establish position and is making it easy for his teammates to get him the ball. Once he catches the ball, Vonleh’s arsenal of moves is diverse for a first year player of his size and he executes his moves without hesitation. There will be times when Vonleh struggles offensively this season, but his rebounding and ability to use his length to change the game defensively can both become constants in his production.
· Offensive rebounding, free throw rate are major strengths: We knew the shooting wouldn’t be able to keep pace with last year’s group, but two other key metrics from a season ago have continued through the first four games this season. Indiana is rebounding 45.4 percent of its misses and has a free throw rate (FTA/FGA) of 65.6 percent.
Forget the fact that Chicago State went 11-22 last season and started the year 1-12 against Division I competition. The Indiana Hoosiers believe they are in for a significant test tonight in their regular season opener to the 2013-2014 season.
Though Chicago State has not necessarily had the on-court success that typically garners the respect of an opponent — the Cougars are 21-74 in their past three seasons — Indiana has taken notice. And the Hoosiers think they are in for a battle.
“I mean, when you’re going against a pressure team, you have to play basketball,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said on Thursday. “It’s going to be very good for us to have to do that.”
So, why has Crean taken notice of the challenge Chicago State’s pressure may present? After the Hoosiers turned the ball over 33 times in their two exhibitions, they are now facing a team that ranked in the top in the NCAA last season in steals per game (9.42). Even though it is a new season, the Cougars return eight seniors and many of their rotation players from last year. Indiana, in contrast, has only one returning starter and four upperclassmen.
Combine the age difference and experience factor with Chicago State’s defense prowess, and the Hoosiers believe they have a challenge on their hands.
In our first extended look at the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers, the outcome was a 83-68 win over Division II Southern Indiana at Assembly Hall on Saturday night.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from Indiana’s exhibition win:
· Yogi Ferrell’s jump shot looks improved: It’s only one game against a Division II opponent, but Yogi Ferrell looks ready to show off an improved perimeter game. As a freshman, Ferrell was inconsistent from behind the 3-point arc, but in his 2013-2014 debut, his elevation off the floor and confidence were both on display. Ferrell finished with a team-high 20 points and hit six 3-pointers, most of which came in the flow of the offense. Tom Crean was pleased with Ferrell’s shot selection and scoring production. “I think the whole key is take what the game is giving you, and Yogi is good enough where that’s got to be the key,” Crean said. “The shooting was excellent, the way that he got them.”
· Troy Williams is oozing with potential: Go back and watch some of the plays Williams made on Saturday night and you’ll understand why he was once considered a top ten prospect nationally in the 2013 class. He’s explosive off the dribble and fearless going to the rim. Williams even knocked down a 3-pointer in his Indiana debut, which is a part of his game that he’ll need to continue developing to keep defenses honest. When the lights went down for the night, Williams had amassed 10 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. “I felt like he played with high energy,” Yogi Ferrell said of the freshman wing. “The thing that I really like that he does is attack the offensive rim. We got 21 offensive rebounds tonight, a lot on his end.”
· Vonleh will play multiple positions: If you thought Indiana would slot Noah Vonleh into one position, think again. The Hoosier staff is going to move Vonleh around, which should only help to expand the versatility that is already present in his game. When Indiana goes small, Vonleh will log minutes at the five, but he can also slide to the four or the three and play alongside Luke Fischer or Hanner Mosquera-Perea. Vonleh was relentless on the glass Saturday night as he finished with nine points, 12 rebounds, two steals and a block.
Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell met with the media following Indiana’s 83-68 exhibition win over Southern Indiana on Saturday night at Assembly Hall.
Watch and listen to their postgame comments in the embedded media player below:
Former 2014 Indiana commit James Blackmon Jr. said he would take a final visit to Bloomington before making his second college decision.
Wednesday evening, he made it clear he was following through with his promise. Blackmon announced via his Twitter account that he will visit IU this weekend, only a week after his official visit to Kentucky.
“IU visit this weekend #IUBB,” he said.
The 6-foot-3 combo guard from Marion High School has also taken an official visit to Michigan (Sept. 27) and is considering Michigan State and Kansas, as well.
The 247Composite rates him as the No. 31 prospect and No. 12 shooting guard in the 2014 class.
Lyle might visit, as well
According to multiple media reports, 2014 guard JaQuan Lyle said there’s a “possibility” he will visit IU this weekend for its exhibition against Southern Indiana.
The long-time Indiana target has recently reappeared on the Hoosiers’ recruiting radar after he transferred from Evansville Bosse to Huntington Prep (W.Va.) and subsequently parted ways with Louisville.
Indiana coach Tom Crean visited Lyle in West Virginia on Tuesday, and the No. 22 prospect in the 2014 class has said he still has plenty of interest in the Hoosiers’ program.
With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ll be taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster over the next month. Today, we look at sophomore Hanner Mosquera-Perea.
Hanner Mosquera-Perea entered his freshman campaign with jump-out-the-gym athleticism and a whole heck of a lot of promise.
He was part of Indiana’s initial “starting eight” at this time last year, and seemed well on pace to spell Cody Zeller and Christian Watford in the frontcourt as a reliable first big off the bench. But as the season hit, things changed. First, fresh off a partial summer he spent in a walking boot, the NCAA spanked Mosquera-Perea and fellow freshman Peter Jurkin with a dubious nine-game suspension. He lost valuable non-conference playing time, time he could have spent building confidence against inferior opponents.
By the time Mosquera-Perea was cleared to play on Dec. 15 against Butler, it seemed he may still indeed be a contributor. He scored a bucket in three minutes of action against the Bulldogs. Four days later against Mount St. Mary’s, the Colombia native stuffed the statsheet with 10 boards, four points and two blocks in just 14 minutes of action.
But that would be his best performance of the season and reality began to set in. Mosquera-Perea, for all his length and athleticism, didn’t fully grasp the subtleties of five-on-five basketball at the Division I level. He was too raw to be trusted with significant minutes. He attempted just six shots during the Big Ten season and NCAA tournament and snatched just 13 boards in that same time period.
So what does the 2013-2014 season hold for him?