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.
Their first stop was Basketball Academy where they met with the media for interviews and gathered for practice. Inside the Hall was there as all three talked about their future in Bloomington, their expectations for next season and much more:
The ESPN National High School Invitational ran from Thursday through Saturday at Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Md. and Indiana 2012 commit Hanner Mosquera-Perea participated. He had 10 points in La Lumiere’s 62-54 loss to Montverde (Fla) in the opening round.
Despite an early defeat, the Lakers stayed in the Washington D.C. area for the remainder of the weekend. Inside The Hall’s Greg Rosenstein caught up with Perea on Saturday as he watched the tournament title game:
On how he did against Montverde:
“I didn’t play my best. We didn’t have a very good start and our guards played kind of nervous. I didn’t get to touch the ball that much in the first half, but in the end I had a few rebounds and was able to score.”
On the tournament overall:
“We’ve been working for this for a long time. Me and some of my teammates wanted to come here for two years now and play against all of these great players on T.V. for a national championship. It was a great experience.”
On watching Indiana make the Sweet Sixteen:
“It was amazing. I know a lot of people didn’t expect them to be that good this year, but I always knew Coach Crean would find a way to get the team better. It was amazing to see them go that far and it makes me want to play for them even more. Next year I think we can go even further.”
On his excitement to get to campus:
“I’m really excited. I’m looking forward to the workouts, the gym, the weight room and everything. I’m not sure when exactly, but I’ll be there sometime this summer.”
On if he’s spoken to Coach Crean recently:
“He came to our last practice back home. He said he came to see what I needed to work on before next year. We spoke a little bit. He said they were looking forward to having me there.”
All three will be teammates on the White roster and will also participate in the Horseshoe Foundation Night of Future Stars on Thursday, April 5, at New Albany High School.
“This is one of the strongest lineups in the recent history of the Derby Festival Basketball Classic,” said Mike Gandolfo and Keith Conrad, the event’s co-recruiting chairs, in a release. “We expect it will be a highly entertaining and competitive game. Many of the top programs in the country are represented on the roster and we know the players will have great success at the next level.”
Basketball Classic tickets are $11 and $16 (includes $1 facility fee) and are available at TicketMaster locations or ticketmaster.com, by phone (800-745-3000) or the Freedom Hall box office (502-367-5144).