That’s A Wrap: Hanner Mosquera-Perea

  • 04/02/2014 9:00 am in

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.

Simply put: When Mosquera-Perea was able to get looks near the rim — 65.0 percent of his makes were assisted there — he was pretty hard to stop.

In Indiana’s win over Ohio State on March 2, this was on display. The big man scored on a couple nice pick-and-rolls plays with Yogi Ferrell and Evan Gordon en route to a season-high eight points. He also recorded three blocks on the other end of the court. But he failed to score against Nebraska a few days later, didn’t even see the court on the road against Michigan and played just two minutes during Indiana’s opening round loss to the Illini in the Big Ten Tournament.

Mosquera-Perea was also suspended for two games in February, a discipline rendered after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Bottom Line: While Mosquera-Perea’s fundamentals and basketball IQ are still a work in progress, it’s clear he’s improved upon them from his freshman campaign. Though his minutes were limited, his effort was always there. With Luke Fischer and Noah Vonleh gone, it’s possible Mosquera-Perea will be a starter next season and relied upon much more heavily to contribute in the frontcourt. Whether or not he’ll be able to be a net positive in such a role next season will depend upon how much he’s able to improve in the offseason.

All statistical rankings in this piece excluded Luke Fischer.

PreviouslyStanford RobinsonTroy WilliamsCollin HartmanNoah VonlehDevin DavisAustin Etherington, Jeremy Hollowell

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  • Disco_Briscoe

    It would be nice if Crean can get HMP a big man mentor/tutor this summer. He is our only legit “big” on the roster and he will be depended on to show up as a major contributor in his junior campaign. I would also recommend putting him in front of jugs machine catching passes daily (JK…kind of).

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    At this point, no offseason development is more crucial to 2014/15 success than that of HMP. None.

    It’s Hanner’s time to shine. I, for one, think he’s got it in him …

  • Kyl470

    Don’t know why you would joke about the jugs machine. He definitely needs to work on his hands and catching a pass and being strong with the ball.

  • SCHoosier

    I’ll be the first to admit that HMP showed flashes of ability this season. Whether or not he can become a bright light for the Hoosiers remains to be seen. For some reason, Hanner just doesn’t seem to have an instinct for what to do , how to do it or where to be when. B-ball was not in his DNA growing up. He’s a good rim defender and I trust him at the FT line. However anytime Perea gets the ball in his hands on offense…I still hold my breath..waiting for the TO.Work hard this summer Hanner so we can all exhale next season. With just marginal improvement..u could be a basketball god-send to the Hoosiers.

  • deebo

    I hope this kid can give us a solid season but im not holding my breath. He has to have a Herculean off-season for us to be great.

  • Gregory Spera

    “…the two big men never pairing together…”

    “Though his minutes were limited…”

    Why? Another one that is a mystery to me. Again, disappointing. Thought he could have contributed much more.

  • inLinE6

    I like Hanner’s efforts and capability, but if we have to heavily rely on Hanner in the post, NIT is our best for next season.

  • MillaRed

    Dear Hanner,

    Coach likes to run. When you rebound the ball and pass to Yogi, run like your pants are on fire. JBJ will fill the left wing, RJ the right where their shooting will be respected. When they run at our shooters you will be in the paint ready to receive a pass. When you get the ball, dunk it so hard it hits a cheerleader in the head, knocking her unconscious for a few seconds but she will be fine, she will appear on a Sportscenter highlight, and move on to have a great career in Advertising.”

    Class dismissed.

  • Gregory Spera

    It IS Hanner’s time to shine, but Hanner needs TIME (on the floor) to be ABLE to shine. I too, think he’s got it in him.

  • calbert40

    I think the main reason is his propensity to turn the ball over. If you compare him to DD (extremely similar TO rates), I think it is fairly obvious DD was the better player down the stretch. He brought more energy and did more things that don’t show up in box scores. HMP still looks a little lost on the floor at times.

    The question, then, is whether giving HMP more minutes would improve those two items, or whether those two problem areas should keep him off of the floor. I think we could find merit to both opinions, but it seems evident that the person whose opinion actually matters believes that his high TO rate and low basketball IQ should keep him on the bench more than on the floor.

    Also, I think we would be wrong to ignore the possibility that focus could be an issue for him as well…based on some of last season’s unsavory developments. Hopefully, all of that is behind him, though.

  • MillaRed

    And then there was the Jeff Howard getting his minutes thing…………

  • Gregory Spera

    You are correct. Obviously, as with Collin Hartman, where no matter how desperate we were for outside shooting, he was still not going play, there is something that Crean is seeing with Hanner that keeps him glued to the bench even during games when Noah was unavailable and we were dying for a rim protector and rebounding on defense. I’m sure coach knows what he’s doing. But, I don’t.

  • Kyl470

    That drove me nuts all year. It was pretty clear half way through the Big Ten season (earlier for some) that this team wasn’t going to win anything and that it was a year for development. So why spend those minutes on a walk on senior vs. a sophomore freakish athlete.

  • I say this all the time but confidence is the most important ingredient to success. When a player has the physical tools to get the job done, he needs to believe in himself to actually get the job done. He has to have a killer mentality. Its nearly impossible for guys to have this mentality when they know that they are just giving someone a quick breather, or feel like they have to do the most with the 5-10 mins a game they get. The one game where Hanner KNEW he was going to be getting the minutes, he settled himself in and played a good enough game to defeat Ohio State. If the kid comes off the bench, cold, and makes a dumb mistake or 2 right away, you dont rip him out. It does nothing but demoralize him even more. Its like taking an animal from the wild and caging it. Sooner or later its will is broken and it gives up. If people expect more from this kid, with the minutes he’s gotten, then that’s your problem. Not his. There were many times throughout the year where I wish we would have given him more minutes with Noah. There were many moments where he couldn’t have possibly been as big of a liability on defense, or turnover prone than Troy Williams. Granted Troy REALLY came along in the last few games. At the end of the day, this falls on the manager of these things. Coach Crean. His lineups and his substitutions set this team up for failure. He puts a huge speed bump in their path with his philosophy. Please prove me wrong bc I’m really really trying to have faith in this guy.

  • calbert40

    In relation to the comment that HMP wasn’t seeing floor action due to a) TO rate, b) low BB IQ, and c) possible focus issues, I don’t think we can attribute any of those issues to Howard, can we?

    Off of the top of my head, I’m not certain what his TO rate was, but the last two items would be the areas that Howard excelled in, IMO. If Crean was looking for BB IQ and fundamental play, maybe he was willing sacrifice athleticism to put it on the floor?

    Also, this statistic really surprised me, but here it is anyway: HMP played nearly 100 more minutes than Howard this year, and Howard only played 124 minutes the entire season. In fact, Howard played fewer minutes than Fischer! He was a spot player, whereas HMP was a rotational player (and end of the rotation player, but a rotation player nonetheless).

  • For the life of me I cant figure it out either. Hanner was way under utilized IMO. I mean why in the world would you not play Noah with Hanner is beyond me.

  • kbb247

    I tend to agree with most what you said. None of us see them practice, so I do give that some merit, and CTC clearly was seeing something we didn’t. With that said, if you are practicing like crap you shouldn’t see the floor, unless it is desperate times. Personally, it would be hard for me to play for CTC based on what I see in the games. I wouldn’t know whether I was coming or going. I play well get 2 minutes or don’t play at all the next game. Granted match ups may have been a factor in some games. I play poorly and get the same result. What in the wide wide world of sports is going on around here???????? LOL. There was a lot of minutes that were available to him early in the season in our blow out wins, and during the conference season as well. HMP should have seen the floor more, which is MO. He had to know we were going to need him next year. It is a hunch, but if he works hard, and makes a similar jump as he did this year, I think he will be able to contribute and get extended minutes. It will be a bit of a roller coaster still, but the ups and downs won’t be nearly as extreme.

  • kbb247

    Hopefully we throw an entry pass above his knees. LOL

  • myrddin

    I second all the comments in saying that I think HMP has it in him to become a real contributor next year, because I don’t see how he averages less than 20 minutes/game. Hell, he could easily see 25-30 minutes per game if he’s got the conditioning for it. Because otherwise what are we doing at the 5? Lee to OSU, no other big man graduate transfer on the radar, Myles Turner not interested . . . who else is going to command big minutes at the 5? He’s got a lot of things going for him, namely that unlike Vonleh he’s not likely to see double-teams, and honestly by all rights we should have enough shooting next year to prevent teams from sagging which would give HMP room to operate 1-1. We don’t *need* him to be a consistent major offensive weapon, really, what we need is his defensive presence and rebounding. If he brings effort and improvement in those two areas then Crean won’t be able to keep him off the court.

    *If* HMP can improve steadily, particularly with a major increase in minutes . . . man, that’s enough to give a fan some real thoughts about what 2015-2016 could be.

  • MillaRed

    That’s been discussed a lot this year and I get it. But when we cannot shoot that wing defender is sagging back so far there is very little room for the entry pass. Even when Noah did have the ball in the post the defender sagged and threw off his rhythm resulting in many turnovers.

    I’m not saying we can’t be more creative. But these shooters will help tremendously. Now, Hanner’s inside game really, I mean really needs a lot of work. But at least throwing it down there opens up the outside. How well HMP can pass out of the post is concern 1B. Noah was not stellar in this regard.

    Translation – we really need another post player. Like yesterday.

  • kbb247

    What??? We didn’t shoot well this year. Name one game that happened. Clearly everything is in jest, as was the previous comment. How is it being a Hoosier fan in Badger land right now??

  • MillaRed

    As much as I was happy for Howard, a difference between IU and those lucky teams that were NIT eligible, is they did not have a Jeff Howard on the floor.

    You are speculating as to why. We may never know. But in terms of real game time development which Hanner sorely needs, on a team that was let’s face it, was just not good, I wish he would have had Howard’s minutes, less the DWI suspension.

  • MillaRed

    How is it being a Hoosier fan in Badgerland right now? Hmmm, let me see. I want to shoot at least 44 people right now. I don’t really want any long term injuries. Maybe just toes or an ear lobe here or there. Maybe just a .22 to minimize structural damage.

    I have been asked 1,879 times, “What time The Hoosiers play?” I have been asked 1,336 times, “Is Steve Alford going to coach us next year?” 888 times, “Who do we face in the NIT?”

    Other than that things are great.

  • Xavier Harkness

    I dont think Trevor Thompson is really even interested. But if we did get a true 5 I dont get why we wouldnt start Hanner at the 4. Its a joke that Crean wouldnt play Vonleh and HMP at the same time this past season. No matter what HMP needs to be playing 20+ mpg. How else is he supposed to get better?

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    You’re partly joking, I know, but there’s a lot of truth in the “dunk it so hard….”

    IMO, that’s the mindset HMP needs to have because of the (as of right now) lack of polish on the post moves. He’s athletically superior to a large majority of people he will be lining up against. Take it hard at the rim. No fall-away, opposite shoulder jump shots.

    Become a wrecking ball. No better way to start building some confidence. After that, I think everything else will start falling into place…..

  • Xavier Harkness

    Montrezl Harrell like?

  • SCHoosier

    Well lt’s see..his handle, shot, footwork, defense on the bal. That’s a start. All the things that 90% of the fan base realize he’s has to improve to become a factor. Something all of us want.bu sure can’t “wish it” done.

  • SCHoosier

    The key instruction here is “catch the ball when passed to you”. An oversight? I like the rest..except of course the part about knocking out a cheerleader:)

  • MillaRed

    She gets a Sportscenter highlight out of the deal SC. I’m trying to make this young lady famous. Sure, she might have a lazy eye for a few weeks but it’s well worth the trouble IMHO.

  • Xavier Harkness

    Well we as fans want people to get better.. but its hard to do so without playing time. Right? His freshman year remember he missed those 9 games because the $150. This year his play was beyond inconsistent but he did have a good game against Ohio State. From his freshman to sophomore year he actually improved a lot. Hopefully he can improve that much more and finally get some playing time.

  • SCHoosier

    TC knew what he was going to get from Howard..(not much)..but something generally positive .Come Oct though..TC will wish Hanner had gotten ALL those minutes.

  • Xavier Harkness

    He had 3 games where he played 14+ minutes. 14 against Samford, 15 against Illinois and 15 against Ohio State. He averaged 7.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in those 3 games.

  • Xavier Harkness

    he had a game his freshman year that he played 14 minutes and grabbed 10 rebounds against Florida Atlantic. But he still didnt play in 16 games that year. Kid has to play to get better and to start helping the team.

  • RUTuffEnuff

    I absolutely hope HMP proves me wrong, but we spent all of this past season expecting a huge improvement from Hollowell and what did we get? Mercifully for everyone he’s moved on.

  • KmanCRK

    I agree, I think his ceiling is as high as anyone’s. His size and athleticism is incredible. This year, while he was turnover prone (which I attribute to him having a shoot first mentality), he actually looked like a basketball player. As a freshman it wasn’t even clear if he knew what sport he was playing. Turnovers and foul trouble are the only two things holding him back in my opinion. If he can be trusted to not turn the ball over and stay out of foul trouble, I think he can easily be in the top half of the big ten next year for Centers. Look around, there isn’t a lot of studs at Center next year in the Big Ten. And Hanner showed flashes of what he can be. And based on the huge leap he made a year ago in the offseason, I’m assuming we’ll see an even better Hanner come November. And with playing time, he could be more than servicable come the Big Ten season. But let’s face it, all we need is for him to be servicable next year. I’ve got faith in him.

  • mharv2631

    They all turned the ball over

  • PBzeer

    Perhaps he exceeded the aggregate height limit of the 5 guys on the floor? When it comes to substitutions, with Crean, who knows?

  • KmanCRK

    Everybody keeps saying we need another Big, but did everyone forget we still have Jurkin on the roster. Signed, wishful thinking…

  • Xavier Harkness

    I doubt he’ll ever be able to play again because of his injuries.

  • Xavier Harkness

    Trevor Thompson is going to Purdue or Ohio State. Crean may have screwed himself out of ever getting another big man the rest of his career.

  • Xavier Harkness

    Ohio State has Amir Williams and Purdue will have Isaac Haas and possibly AJ Hammons. Indiana wont have anyone over 6-9. Kinda Sad he’d rather go to one of those places instead of Indiana where he’d start right away….

  • Bled4IU

    Why is that? Had Cody go 4th in draft and Noah projected top 10, what you said makes zero sense.

  • Xavier Harkness

    Cody was underutilized his freshman and sophomore year. Cody greatly helped himself out with the draft after his combine and individual workouts. Vonleh was underutilized. He sat out two games to protect himself. Its obvious Crean has zero idea how to run an offense through a big man or run an offense period. He is someone that didnt play basketball and has a million page book full of plays. Apparently none of those plays involves getting it to the center. Vonleh was smart to leave. He knew himself that he wasnt being used enough.

  • fourputtsforsnowman

    More motion, more motion…picks/rolls. The sagging defender was not just a function of outside (lack of) shooting. It was also a function of standing around. In defense of NV, he often received the ball late in the shot clock and even when he did receive it early, how can you pass it to guys that are basically standing around? My hope is that the shooters facilitate movement and movement facilitates the shooters.

  • kbb247

    Sounds FUN!! At least you aren’t on the border or Kentucky. It is not the Kentucky program that makes me despise them, it is their wretched fans. FYI, the FBI is now monitoring you. Ha ha ha.

  • MillaRed

    What happened to the days when shooting an ear lobe wasn’t a big deal? I’m just sending a message. It’s not dangerous or anything.

  • MillaRed

    Like I said, “I’m not saying we can’t be more creative.”

    But I still think the elephant in the room was our lack of shooters.

  • bloomingtonian

    Derek Elston used to have baseball long tosses with Hanner

  • bloomingtonian

    In my mind, the biggest thing for Hanner will be avoiding stupid fouls. It will be just as important for his personal development to stay on the floor as it will be for a team lacking bigs needing to keep him on the floor. I think it will be very hard for a guy like Hanner who is still learning the intricacies on the game to change his style of play should he get in foul trouble.

    I don’t really know to work on that in the off-season. Its easy for a guy to work on his jumper or ball handling individually, but how do you practice foot-work and positioning without the help of coaching?

  • dssnyder1

    I married into a UK family and have had one game to brag about.
    lord please don’t let the cats hang another banner!!