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· Yogi Ferrell is the 37th best player in college basketball according to SBNation.com and James Blackmon Jr. is listed among “50 more who just missed” the top 100.
· Nike announced Charlotte Hornets rookie Noah Vonleh is one of three rookies to recently join the Jordan Brand team.
· Ferrell and Blackmon are a big reason why Indiana is one of the top 20 backcourts in America, according to NBCSports.com and Ferrell was also listed as the fifth best lead guard in the country by NBC.
· ESPN.com released its preseason power rankings and the Big Ten has five teams in the top 25.
· In an ESPN Insider piece (premium link), ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman picked Indiana to finish eighth in the league.
· In a season primer of sorts, the Associated Press writes that Indiana is changing its attitude to change its course.
· Zach Osterman’s takeaway from Hoosier Hysteria: Hanner Mosquera-Perea is better.
· Ken Pomeroy details what factors play into his preseason ratings, which have Indiana slotted at No. 26 nationally.
· Four former Indiana players are on NBA rosters to begin the 2014-2015 season: Eric Gordon, Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller and Vonleh.
· The one-month contract that D.J. White signed in Spain expires next week.
Indiana’s season opening showcase, Hoosier Hysteria, took place Saturday night in Assembly Hall and included player introductions, a 3-point shootout, dunk contest and a 20-minute scrimmage.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from what we saw on Branch McCracken Court:
· Indiana’s offense should be significantly better: Yes, the sample size (five games in Montreal and a scrimmage) is small, but if there’s one thing that stands out right now about this team, it’s the possibility for a very good offense. The turnover issue still looms large, but the perimeter depth and versatility should make this team tough to guard. Yogi Ferrell is still one of the best guards in the country, but Tom Crean has surrounded him with an elite shooter and scorer in James Blackmon Jr., a combo guard who competes like an upperclassman in Robert Johnson, a veteran who seems confident in Nick Zeisloft and two sophomores, Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams, who love to attack off the dribble. There will be a learning curve to make all of the pieces fit together, but the upside of this group is tremendous.
· Mosquera-Perea shows flashes of improvement: Junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea showed a few flashes of improved hands and footwork in Saturday’s scrimmage. On one particular sequence, Nick Zeisloft cut from the right corner on the baseline, received a pass from Yogi Ferrell and then dropped the ball off to Mosquera-Perea on the left block. It was a pass that Mosquera-Perea may have had trouble handling in the past, but he caught it and went up against Emmitt Holt and missed. He then collected the offensive rebound off a tip by Devin Davis and finished at the rim.
“The bottom line is, we’re trying to keep it where Hanner is gaining confidence every day,” Crean said on Saturday. “The more confidence he gains, the more we can stretch his game. He’s on a good road, he’s hungry. I’m not going to over-exaggerate it, I’m not going to over-compliment him, but you’re seeing what we see – he’s really working to get better. We’ve got to stay on that path.”
Indiana sophomore forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea and freshman guard James Blackmon Jr. met with the media following Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday night in Assembly Hall.
Watch what they had to say following the Hoosiers’ season opening showcase below:
With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’re taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster this month. Today, we continue our look at Indiana’s roster with Hanner Mosquera-Perea.
Hanner Mosquera-Perea is the Colombian Question Mark.
Any strong prognostications on just what to expect from the junior this season seems a fool’s errand. It’s not that he won’t or can’t take a leap closer to his potential. It’s just his career has been one incident after another, and you start to wonder if he can ever take his gladiator body and couple it with adequate court awareness and fundamentals to become a reliable frontcourt factor.
The nine games missed as a freshman due to a misguided NCAA judgement. The DWI a season ago. And most recently, the missed Canada trip due to visa issues.
It’s reasonable to expect Mosquera-Perea to start. It’s reasonable to expect he’ll be better. But just how much better is the unknown right now.
To spend more time on the court, it’ll help if he cuts down on fouls (6.1 per 40 minutes, second worst on team behind Devin Davis at 7.4) and turnovers (25.7 turnover percentage, second worst on team to Davis at 25.8 percent). Tom Crean likes his teams to get to the line. More court time for Mosquera-Perea, who led the team in free throw rate (117.5) and shot it decent from there (72.3 percent) should mean more points, especially if he’s getting easy dump-off and putback opportunities from Indiana’s perimeter threats as they take it into the paint.
During the offseason, Indiana coach Tom Crean was not shy about what he wanted to see from junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea this season.
He wanted to see the 6-foot-8 forward, who has missed time from suspensions in both of the two seasons he has played at Indiana, become more consistent on the court and more of a leader off it.
“It’s time to play,” he said in June. “It’s time to be really serious about playing extended minutes. 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.”
Nobody has received the message more clearly than Mosquera-Perea.
Just weeks into practice for this season, teammates are raving about the junior’s on-court performance. And the Colombia native said he has felt an increased responsibility to become more of a factor this season.
“My role right now is a big role,” Mosquera-Perea said on Monday. “Not just being that, being one of the oldest guys on the team. I feel like I have a lot that I need to accomplish with the team, helping the team on the court and off of the court.”
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.”
Indiana begins a five-game tour over six days in Montreal, Canada (with one game in Ottawa) on Aug. 8 which will be the first foreign trip for the program since 2007. Here’s a look at five things we’ll be watching for on the trip:
· How will Indiana respond to adversity? The last Indiana foreign trip in 2007 to the Bahamas resulted in three lopsided victories by an average margin of close to 60 points. This group of Hoosiers will be playing a much more difficult slate of games against some of the best teams in Canada, including Carleton University and Ottawa University, who faced off last spring for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) title.
It’s not a matter of if Indiana will face adversity in several of these games, it’s a matter of how they will respond. With only two returning upperclassmen and seven new scholarship players, it’ll be interesting to see how quickly chemistry can begin to form against solid competition.
“I’m really anxious to see who is real up when we are playing well and who gets real down when we are not playing well,” IU coach Tom Crean said earlier this month. “And then you’ve got to have guys that can impact the game on both ends of the floor.”
· Our first look at James Blackmon Jr.: Indiana fans have followed James Blackmon Jr. since the summer before his freshman year of high school and now the Fort Wayne native is set to make his debut in an IU uniform. Blackmon Jr. looks like a pretty safe bet to start from day one as a Hoosier, but his impact on other perimeter players could be a major storyline this season.