Mosquera-Perea averaged 6.5 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Hoosiers last season, but was dismissed from the program earlier this month. The Colombia native scored in double figures nine times last season and had a double-double in IU’s win at Nebraska on Dec. 31.
A four-star recruit in Indiana’s 2012 recruiting class, Mosquera-Perea was suspended the first nine games of his freshman season by the NCAA.
The message sent from IU announcing the dismissals of Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea on Thursday was succinct. It needed no further explanation.
Enough is enough.
In less than 35 words, the program announced Davis and Mosquera-Perea failed to live up to their responsibilities. Effective immediately, they were no longer part of the team.
Both players were given second chances by Tom Crean to remain with the program after making mistakes that exhibited a lack of judgement. In Mosquera-Perea’s case, it was operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol on Feb. 14, 2014, which could have resulted – but fortunately did not – in a serious injury. And in the case of Davis, it was a disregard for Crean’s advice for 20 minutes earlier that night of what to steer clear of on Halloween night. In the early morning hours of Nov. 1, 2014, Davis was involved in a serious accident that also involved alcohol.
With their poor decisions this week, when Davis was cited for possession of marijuana in an on-campus housing building with Mosquera-Perea also present, both players showed that getting a second chance meant more to Crean than it did to them. And in the process, Davis and Mosquera-Perea lost their futures in Bloomington.
The decision to dismiss them had to be made. They had run out of chances to remain a part of the program.
Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea have been dismissed from the Indiana men’s basketball program for “not living up to their responsibilities to the program,” IU announced late Thursday afternoon.
“Indiana men’s basketball announces that sophomore Devin Davis and senior Hanner Mosquera-Perea have been dismissed from the program effective immediately for not living up to their responsibilities to the program,” a release stated.
Davis was cited on Monday evening for possession of marijuana when officers arrived at a dormitory room on IU’s campus after receiving a complaint about the smell of burnt marijuana. Mosquera-Perea, who was not cited, was with Davis in that room.
Indiana announced an indefinite suspension for Davis on Tuesday and also said that it was reviewing Mosquera-Perea’s involvement in the incident.
Davis, a Warren Central product, missed the entire 2014-2015 season following his involvement in a car accident in the early hours of Nov. 1, 2014, after which he has battled a traumatic brain injury.
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Hanner Mosquera-Perea.
Mosquera-Perea (26 games): 6.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 8.7 OR%, 59.4 2PFG% in 19.4 minutes per game.
The spotlight was thrust onto Hanner Mosquera-Perea.
Heading into the 2014-2015 season, Mosquera-Perea, who had never started a game in his Indiana career, was slated to start from the five position. At 6-foot-9, he was the Hoosiers’ best option at the position — after playing off the bench in his first two seasons behind the likes of Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh.
Ready or not, it was Mosquera-Perea’s time to make a contribution.
And throughout much of the 2014-2015 season, he did just that.
After developing his game through his first two years in Bloomington, Mosquera-Perea showed that the Hoosiers could not only play to him on offense, but through him, as well. He ran the court. He played through the paint. He got to the free throw line. And as his footwork improved significantly, as well, so too did his jump shot.
But in a season that he could have utilized a full 34 games of development, during a practice on Jan. 12, Mosquera-Perea dislocated his right knee. Right in the thick of Big Ten season, he was forced to be sidelined for seven games.
OMAHA, Neb. — A bit less than two years ago, Yogi Ferrell played in his first NCAA tournament game. He was a freshman at the time, one of Indiana’s least-experienced players on a No. 1 seed squad.
Yet he was a starter on that 2012-2013 Hoosiers team, playing against No. 16 seed James Madison.
On Friday afternoon, Ferrell will make his return to the “Big Dance” when the No. 10 seed Hoosiers play No. 7 seed Wichita State. He is one of just two remaining Indiana players from that eventual Sweet Sixteen team.
Now he is one of the current Hoosiers’ leaders, and Ferrell on Thursday reminisced about his first NCAA tournament game. He said there is plenty he can take from that experience as they prepare for the Shockers.
“I remember the first game we played, JMU, I was going out there and playing for my teammates, really,” he said. “I feel like if we can do that, play for each other, play desperate, play like we don’t want to go home, we can win.”
From the time the Hoosiers’ name was announced on Sunday evening during the NCAA tournament selection show, both Ferrell and Hanner Mosquera-Perea knew they could help their teammates prepare for the Shockers.
OMAHA, Neb. – If the decision is left up to him, Indiana junior forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea will be on the floor tomorrow afternoon when the Hoosiers meet Wichita State in the 2015 NCAA tournament at the CenturyLink Center.
But Perea, who participated in Indiana’s practice on Wednesday at Creighton University as well as the open practice on Thursday afternoon at the CenturyLink Center, won’t be making the final call.
“The trainers haven’t really told me a whole lot,” Perea told assembled media inside IU’s locker room. “They’ve looked at the MRI, the x-ray and all of those things. They haven’t really given me a lot of information. Coach Crean told me as soon as this happened to do whatever they tell me to do and that’s what I’ve been doing. Hopefully they clear me by tomorrow.”
What happened to Perea last Thursday in IU’s 71-56 win over Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament was similar to the injury that forced him to miss seven games earlier this season.
He described that first injury as a dislocation of his knee as well as a hyperextension, but said Thursday that this time it was “basically the same thing, but just not as bad.”
Just a couple hours after the Hoosiers found out they would be facing Wichita State in their 2015 NCAA tournament opener, several players had the chance to react to the draw.
One player who took particular interest in the match-up was junior Nick Zeisloft. Just last season as a sophomore at Illinois State, Zeisloft played the Shockers twice during their undefeated regular season.
And he has made sure his teammates know Friday’s game will not be an easy one.
“They’re a great team,” Zeisloft said. “Well-coached, very tough, physically and mentally. I mean, I think coach (Tom Crean) has told us they’re one of the winningest programs in the past three years from a winning percentage wise, and they went to the Final Four a few years ago, and I’ve played them several times. They’re very good.
“We have our work cut out for us, but we’re very excited we have them, as well.”
The Hoosiers were made well-aware of Wichita State’s success over the past three years. During the 2012-13 season, the Shockers made it to the Final Four and lost to the eventual national champion, Louisville. Just last season, they finished the regular season undefeated and lost to eventual NCAA tournament runner-up Kentucky in the second round.
And this season, several significant contributors from those previous teams have made another big impact. The Shockers are 28-4 heading into Friday’s second-round game in Omaha.
“They’ve got a couple of bona fide stars in (Ron) Baker and (Fred) Van Vleet,” Crean said. “And the bottom line is they’ve got a bunch of other guys that really know how to play and that make each other better constantly.”