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Offseason storylines: What IU needs from Mosquera-Perea

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Welcome to offseason storylines, a look into some of the biggest storylines surrounding the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Next up, a look at the potential role of Hanner Mosquera-Perea as a junior. (Previously: A look at Indiana’s youth and how it got here, Is Troy Williams ready to make a leap?, Where can Ferrell grow as a junior?)

Indiana will enter the 2014-2015 season with one of the Big Ten’s best backcourts. Yogi Ferrell returns with a legitimate shot to challenge for first team All-Big Ten honors. James Blackmon Jr. arrives with numerous accolades, including a selection to the McDonald’s All-American team. Stanford Robinson will bring a year of experience and the ability to get to the basket. And Robert Johnson arrives with a college ready body and shooting stroke.

The frontcourt situation, however, is far less certain and full of questions.

The loss of Noah Vonleh to the NBA and the midseason transfer of Luke Fischer to Marquette leaves the Hoosiers with very few options up front. IU did add a bit of depth last spring with the signing of Jeremiah April, a 7-footer from Phoenix, Arizona, but the majority of the frontcourt minutes figure to go to sophomore Devin Davis and junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

At 6-foot-9, Mosquera-Perea is much more of a center than the 6-foot-7 Davis, although IU did use Davis at the five situationally last season against teams with similar size up front, like Michigan. But against teams with size, it stands to reason that Mosquera-Perea should get the first crack at the minutes that were mostly taken by Vonleh a season ago.

So what does Indiana need from Mosquera-Perea, largely unproven through his first two collegiate seasons, as a junior? In comments last week, Tom Crean said that it starts with consistency for the Colombia native.

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Video: “On the hill” with IU basketball

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Via the official IU Athletics YouTube channel, Indiana today released another video showing footage of an offseason workout with strength and conditioning coach Je’Ney Jackson:

(Previously: A look inside an offseason workout)

Tom Crean breaks down returnees, newcomers

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As part of his press conference on Tuesday afternoon at Assembly Hall, Tom Crean broke down the 2014-2015 Indiana roster on a player-by-player basis.

We’ve organized his quotes on each player below:

Yogi Ferrell

Yogi is getting a lot better. He’s getting a lot stronger. He’s benching 245 right now which is phenomenal. He’s always been a strong young man but nobody really lifts in high school like they did in college, and that wasn’t a big part of his day. I mean, he is a force in that weight room right now; and he’s not only a force with what he’s doing and the way that he’s lifting but in the way that he’s talking and leading.

What I really like about him, and I’m going to put him in front of you here pretty soon so you get a chance to see, he’s starting to grasp what he’s capable of. And I don’t think he’s even grasped what he’s capable of on the court yet and I know he’s showing flashes of it.

I had a gentleman in this league tell me that his team they had polled their team on some different questions about the season, and he said, when it came down to the hardest matchup in the league, to a man, everybody said the hardest matchup for them to deal with was with Yogi. I haven’t even told him that yet.

We want people across the country saying that when they run into him. And he’s working towards that. The keys right now, that he become as great of a lead guard in the sense of, do multiple things but make others better constantly.

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Video: A look inside an offseason workout

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Via the official IU Athletics YouTube channel, Indiana today released a video showing footage of an offseason workout with strength and conditioning coach Je’Ney Jackson:

Crean on Hanner Mosquera-Perea: “It’s time to play”

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STARLIGHT, Ind. — As the offseason moves along and Indiana prepares for the 2014-2015 season, Tom Crean knows that this team is going to look much different than his previous three in Bloomington.

For the second straight year, the Hoosiers are sending a frontcourt player to the NBA draft lottery. Finding the right mix to help fill that void will go a long way in determining just how successful Indiana will be as it aims to return to the NCAA tournament.

“The thing about next year’s team, it’s going to be unique in that I cannot tell you how it is going to look other than it won’t be conventional,” Crean said on Wednesday at Huber Winery. “We’re not that big. We don’t have a lottery pick that we are going to throw the ball to like we’ve had the last three years. So it’s going to be a different team.”

On paper, Indiana will have some size to work with.

Sophomore Devin Davis has already experienced the physicality of the Big Ten and showed he’s capable of contributing on the glass and around the basket. Freshman Jeremiah April is 6-foot-11 with soft hands, according to Crean.

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The Inside the Hall Mailbag: June 3

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The Inside the Hall Mailbag is a collection of questions tweeted to us via Twitter (@insidethehall), submitted on our premium forum and sent to us via our Facebook page. Submit your questions and we’ll answer as many as we can.

@kevinweinberg22 on Twitter writes: Will any incoming freshman start right away?

Go ahead and put James Blackmon Jr. in the starting lineup for next season. I think that one is a given because of what Blackmon Jr. brings in terms of shooting from the perimeter and also scoring from midrange and off of the dribble. There’s a reason Blackmon Jr. fielded offers from the likes of Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina and others after reopening his recruitment. He’s an elite player.

Beyond that, Robert Johnson has a shot to start in my opinion, but it’ll likely depend if he can beat out Stanford Robinson. I thought Robinson showed that he can be a very good defender when he’s engaged as a freshman, so that’s a major plus for keeping him in the lineup. Johnson is the better outside shooter and better scorer overall, which could work in his favor. For now, I’d say Blackmon Jr. is a pretty sure thing to start and I’d give Johnson a shot at starting some as well. — Alex Bozich

@Mat_Hoosier on Twitter writes: Do you think that CTC will keep that last scholarship in his pocket or will he offer it out there for 2014?

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That’s A Wrap: Hanner Mosquera-Perea

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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.

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