Indiana’s highly ranked 2012 recruiting class — Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Jeremy Hollowell, Peter Jurkin and Yogi Ferrell — met with reporters as a group Thursday at IU’s annual media challenge. The group talked about a variety of topics including the adjustment to college life, the speed of the college game, their progress since arriving on campus and more.
Watch and listen to their comments in the embedded media player below:
D.J. White played at IU during a trying time for the program. He played for three different coaches during his career, and was in Bloomington for the beginning — and the end — of the Kelvin Sampson era.
Still, though, White will always have a place in his heart for IU. He said the program has been good to him, and he knows it’s on its way back.
“I’m happy,” said White, who is part of the Tom Crean ProCamp this weekend at Assembly Hall. “When I left, a lot of different things happened, but coach Crean and the coaching staff did a good job of recruiting. Christian [Watford] and those guys were put in a tough situation, but they stuck it out.”
After the Hoosiers advanced to the Sweet 16 last season, expectations are as high as ever for 2012. IU added a highly-touted class of freshman, including point guard Yogi Ferrell and forwards Jeremy Hollowell and Hanner Perea. All three are expected to have some kind of impact next season.
Calbert Cheaney, IU’s director of basketball operations, said Saturday the freshmen have had a good offseason.
“It’s always gonna be an adjustment when you come from high school to college,” Cheaney said. “It’s been a challenge for them, but what’s great about our freshmen is they never quit. I think the sky’s the limit for them. If they continue going at it like they are, they’ll end up catching up with our guys.”
Cheaney: ‘It wasn’t the right time’
When former IU assistant coach Bennie Seltzer left for the head-coaching job at Samford in April, rumors swirled that the job was Cheaney’s if he wanted it. The former IU legend returned to the program last year as the team’s director of basketball operations.
At Crean’s ProCamp, Cheaney explained why he chose to remain in his current position.
“It just wasn’t the right time right now from the family perspective,” Cheaney said. “Director of basketball operations, it’s a great job. I’ve learned a lot from coach Crean and the administration — I’ve learned from both sides. I’m content where I’m at right now.”
After Cheaney turned the job down, Crean eventually hired former Towson assistant Kenny Johnson to fill the spot.
On April 1st, Indiana incoming freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Jeremy Hollowell participated in the ESPNHS All-American Championship. Their North squad fell to the South, 86-85. Perea tallied eight points in the game, while Hollowell scored 10.
Inside the Hall has gathered a collection of highlights from all three signees, which are available in the embedded media player below: (Note: Video can be expanded to full screen by using the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the player.)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In front of a strong showing of Indiana fans at historic Freedom Hall, a trio of IU signees each played their part in helping the White team to a 130-127 win in the 2012 Derby Festival Basketball Classic.
Jeremy Hollowell was one of seven players on the White team in double figures with 11 points. The 6-foot-8 forward shot 4-of-10 from the field and also had three assists and two rebounds. Ron Patterson added eight points and five rebounds and Hanner Mosquera-Perea chipped in seven points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Inside the Hall caught up with all three players and the White team coach — Jason Smith from Brewster Academy — for postgame reaction:
All three participated in a 2-on-2 contest, 3-point shootout and dunk contest. Each player fell in the opening round of the 2-on-2 contest and did not advance to the finals of the 3-point shootout or dunk contest. The finals for both of those events will be held at halftime of Friday’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky.
Inside the Hall has compiled footage of Mosquera-Perea, Hollowell and Patterson from Thursday’s 3-point shootout and dunk contest, which is available in the embedded media player below: (Note: Video can be expanded to full screen by using the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the player.)
Hanner Mosquera-Perea’s La Lumiere squad fell in the quarterfinals of the National High School Invitational 62-54 at the hands of Florida’s Montverde Academy. The incoming Indiana freshman tallied 10 points and eight rebounds in the loss.