Crean on Hanner Mosquera-Perea: “It’s time to play”

  • 06/06/2014 9:20 am in

STARLIGHT, Ind. — As the offseason moves along and Indiana prepares for the 2014-2015 season, Tom Crean knows that this team is going to look much different than his previous three in Bloomington.

For the second straight year, the Hoosiers are sending a frontcourt player to the NBA draft lottery. Finding the right mix to help fill that void will go a long way in determining just how successful Indiana will be as it aims to return to the NCAA tournament.

“The thing about next year’s team, it’s going to be unique in that I cannot tell you how it is going to look other than it won’t be conventional,” Crean said on Wednesday at Huber Winery. “We’re not that big. We don’t have a lottery pick that we are going to throw the ball to like we’ve had the last three years. So it’s going to be a different team.”

On paper, Indiana will have some size to work with.

Sophomore Devin Davis has already experienced the physicality of the Big Ten and showed he’s capable of contributing on the glass and around the basket. Freshman Jeremiah April is 6-foot-11 with soft hands, according to Crean.

But the most logical option to grow into a major contributor is 6-foot-9 junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea. The Colombia native arrived in Bloomington in the summer of 2012 as a top 50 recruit with major upside. So far, that hasn’t translated much to the court as Mosquera-Perea has averaged 2.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in 6.9 minutes over his first 49 games.

Indiana won’t have the option of easing Mosquera-Perea, who averaged 6.1 fouls per 40 minutes as a sophomore, into the rotation.

“Let’s be a guy that can grab rebounds out of your area, let’s be a guy that can play more than a couple of minutes at a time without getting winded,” Crean said. “Let’s be a guy that’s continued to progress defensively like he has. We’ve got to get him to the foul line. It just hasn’t shown, but he’s made tremendous strides as a shooter.”

In stretches, Mosquera-Perea has shown glimpses of being a player who can be a factor in the paint.

The most notable example came in early March when he helped fill in for an injured Noah Vonleh as Indiana beat No. 22 Ohio State, 72-64, in Bloomington. In 15 minutes, Mosquera-Perea tied a season-high with eight points, added five rebounds and had a career-high three blocked shots. That’s the type of production will need on a more frequent basis when the 2014-2015 season tips off.

“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.”

Mosquera-Perea’s time in Bloomington so far has had its share of turbulence.

As a freshman, he was forced to miss nine games by the NCAA for accepting what the organization called “impermissible benefits.” And last February, he was arrested and charged with two class A misdemeanors related to operating a vehicle while intoxicated and then served a two-game suspension.

As one of Indiana’s two upperclassmen with Big Ten experience, the time for Mosquera-Perea to step forward is now.

“Can Hanner run the court?” Crean said. “Can he screen and role? Can he get loose in the alley? Can he post-up and rip through? Can he play out of double-teams? Can all of those things happen? And not just in practice and not just a couple of days at a time but throughout the season.

“And I could say the same thing about Devin Davis. We need both of those guys to really step up and take the opportunity that is there because the opportunity is tremendous. It will never be better for Hanner than it is right now. It is time for him to expand his game by expanding his mindset on what he is capable of.”

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  • CreamandCrimson

    What if he’s spent the past 2 1/2 years doing exactly what you are suggesting and it hasn’t worked? I don’t know what’s gone on behind the scenes but I really doubt this was the first tactic he’s tried.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I’m sure Hanner thoroughly appreciates being grabbed and yelled at….oh the downsides of being famous in basketball-crazy Bloomington.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Curious examples you chose. Miles hasn’t won an NCAA Tournament game at Nebraska and Larry Brown hasn’t been to the Tournament at SMU. I don’t think that the program is among the upper echelon nationally (or B1G) and I am concerned about some things but I hardly think that we should be aspiring to the success of the programs you mentioned.

  • calbert40

    Ha! Nice!

  • calbert40

    As I said, Alford, they’ve been thrown out numerous times before, so I think it would be a waste of time to do so again. People have their minds made up on this issue, regardless of the stats.

    That being said, I would have LIKED if Noah saw the ball more frequently, but it isn’t as easy as just throwing him the ball, like many seem to think. As we all can agree, he was frequently doubled in the post, and while he was an excellent player for us, he was a lousy passer out of a double. He turned the ball over at an alarming rate for a post player. Also, our guards were pretty lousy at giving him the ball in a position to do damage. Add those two items together, and just throwing him the ball more would have probably led to more turnovers than FGAs or FGMs.

    But, it’s water under the bridge now.

  • ExMeaSententia

    Oh Travis, where do I start.

    First, “regularly” winning the conference is not every year.

    We all know IU will not win the conference next year, so that gives TC one regular season championship and zero conference tournament championships of the six he’s participated. That’s one out of 13 opportunities.

    Second, you state, “But this is the same team that beat Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and had NUMEROUS opportunities to beat other great teams.” EXACTLY!

    That team showed potential to develop into a good team, a team certainly good enough to make the NIT, and probably good enough to make the NCAA. Those exceptions – Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa – prove the rule. The team never came together, never developed consistency, and was no better in March than they were in November.

    Third, the one point loss to UConn early in the season says more about UConn than it does IU. That UConn team developed and improved through the season, and gelled into a very good team by tourney time. IU, on the other hand, flat-lined and stayed a mediocre, inconsistent team all season.

    Travis, I see you’re not a TC apologist, and I admit that TC has a lot of good off-court qualities, but you seem eager to rationalize away his faults and failures. TC is a good man who is not very good at the most critical part of his job. A job, I remind you, he’s paid very, very, well to do very, very well.

  • ExMeaSententia

    So you don’t like my examples, but you agree with my point.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I agree with some of what you wrote, sure. IU is not an upper echelon program right now and I don’t think there’s much of an argument to be made otherwise.

    You then gave Nebraska and SMU as examples of programs that have been “rebuilt”. Tom Crean has found significantly more success than either Miles (at any point in his career) or Larry Brown (SMU only). Plus, Doc Sadler didn’t leave Nebraska in a terrible situation, he just couldn’t get them over the hump. So, I don’t think your examples really back up your point very well.

    Finally, you write that Crean never built sustained success at Marquette (he had sustained success, just not high-level success) and that he absolutely wouldn’t have sustained success at IU. I don’t agree or disagree with that statement because you, me or anyone else can’t say that definitively. This has been debated on this site time and time again…Tom Crean is the coach for the 2014-2015 season and it’s a huge season for him. He and his team have a ton to prove. If it’s proven that last season was the beginning of a disturbing trend, I’m all for moving on but I see no reason to be glum and defeated about the program’s future heading into this critical season. I choose to be very cautiously optimistic and wait and see what happens but…to each his own.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Recall watching Hank Gaithers & Bo Kimble play “Hot Potato” sometimes for as long as 10-15 seconds before a shot went up. The whole team ran around like a bunch of siafu ants. Paul Westhead had one hell of a conditioning program out there. Thanks for the memory!

  • ForeverIU

    Your point IS in the examples. So keep the examples coming, and we’ll dissect them one by one.

  • ForeverIU

    Well said, except that I’m placing my bets on 2015-16, not 2014-15.


    Travis I have disagreed with more than one of your comments in the past and will admit that I am one of those that ” let you have it ” on at least one occasion but…..this, IMHO, is a very good, well thought out, comment and is deserving of the upvote I gave it.

  • marcusgresham

    Spring break of my freshman year of college (’89) I was going to Ball State to visit a friend. Another friend drove beside me all the way to Indy to the Hoosier Dome because we had to see LMU. Fortunately it was the year before Gathers died, when he led the country in scoring and rebounding. Arkansas had Day, Mayberry, and Miller as sophomores and they won the game–I still remember the score, 120-101–but god they were fun to watch.

  • CreamandCrimson

    What are you placing your bets on?


    Was saying that exact thing during the season. I know Crean really likes the deflection stat thing and it can tell some interesting things. TW had, what Crean considers, a good per game deflection rate if memory serves me right but I’m kinda thinking that he got a lot of those deflections by going after passes and such that he shouldn’t have and there were also many times that doing that put him way out of position when he failed to alter it enough to keep his man from getting it and it resulted in his man being open.


    Did those two inherit a mess, yes, but they for sure didn’t inherit the smoldering nuclear bomb site that Crean did. Along that line of thinking I’d say that this year should go a long way in telling us if he is or isn’t the right man to have at the controls. Obviously you have made up your mind on that subject and it is different than mine which is OK, it just happens to be somewhat different than mine. A repeat of this past year’s success and I think Glass has to stop saying the politically correct things and pull the trigger or let it be publicly AND even more so privately known that anything less than a seismic type change will save his job.

  • Thanks. The message boards are the last place I should be frequenting after tough losses/seasons. Not a lot of good comes from it, other than a whole lot of ugly.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Almost all of the players guarding Cody and Noah benefitted from a lot of “No calls” or as the media like to define them (piss poor) “judgment calls”.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Shooting 45-50% from the field will win a few games along the way, but solid “D” will win more games because it can always show up–even on those nights when you only shoot 25-30% from the field.

  • Outoftheloop

    You can have your opinion. However, your statement of facts is simply wrong. Miles had no mess at NE, his administration had already spent the money on new facilities, the big checks from the B1G Network were rolling in, and the table was set for success. Yes, NE had no reputation for basketball greatness. But that is not a “mess”. Coach Miles had a very good year last year-but no Sweet Sixteen! Your point about SMU is laughable! Brown did not come to SMU immediately after the horrible scandal of the murder by a player and the cover-up by Coach Bliss, but many years after that time period. SMU is a private school, with a Texas sized endowment, and they can buy anything that they care to buy. Coach Brown was bought and he had a good year last year. So far that is it, but they do have great prospects for this next year, just as IU has! Coach Crean inherited a team with Kyle Taber, a former walk-on as the only player to ever play a game. IU had scholarship and recruiting restrictions. Crean had zero recruits for the first year as of April when he was hired. He recruited well, totally changed the academic record of the program and made it to the Sweet Sixteen in years 4 AND 5! Year 6 was a disappointment. If he gets IU to the Sweet Sixteen in year 7, then Indiana IS in the upper echelon of the college basketball world (look for UNC to drop and to be punished after McCants’ statements).

  • Outoftheloop

    No! I don’t agree with you at all. You have an opinion and the examples that you site DO NOT support your point!

  • Outoftheloop

    That trip to Nick’s sounds good to me-I have a valid ID, LOL!

  • Outoftheloop

    Wrong. Hanner played well when he was given the opportunity and his play improved immensely from November to March. What else could he do?

  • ExMeaSententia

    Site: noun
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    2. the area or exact plot of ground on which anything is, has been, or is to be located: the site of ancient Troy.
    3. Computers. website.

    Cite: verb (used with object), cit·ed, cit·ing.
    1. to quote (a passage, book, author, etc.), especially as an authority: He cited the constitution in his defense.
    2. to mention in support, proof, or confirmation; refer to as an example: He cited many instances of abuse of power.
    3. to summon officially or authoritatively to appear in court.
    4. to call to mind; recall: citing my gratitude to him.
    5. Military . to mention (a soldier, unit, etc.) in orders, as for gallantry.

    Out of the Loop —- INDEED!

  • Outoftheloop

    But the question remains: “why not”?

  • ExMeaSententia

    Crean’s a good man, but a mediocre coach. You can rationalize his on-the-court results as much as you like, for as long as you like.

    So throw out his first year at IU. Years 2 and 3 were trash, year 4 was good, year 5 underachieved (preseason #1, #1 seed in NCAA, flopped in B1G tourney, flopped in NCAA), year 6 was trash, and year 7 will be trash again.

    Compare his year-by-year results at Marquette; they are very similar to his year-by-year results at IU – he hit his peak in year 4, and never finished higher than 4th in the conference or got past the 2nd round in the NCAA after that.

    IU will not be anything but a middle-of-the-road program under Crean.

  • Outoftheloop

    Did you see Collin in the Indiana All-Stars practice games and games against KY? I repeat he was never considered an elite shooter as James, Robert, Max and Tim are! Will Sheehey was a good shooter, Jordan Hulls was an elite shooter. There is a BIG difference! I repeat neither Etherington nor Hartman were elite shooters. Marlin was a walk-on. I am sure that he was a good HYPER shooter, so what, so was I.

  • Outoftheloop

    Your short and selective memory is playing tricks on you! IU won the B1G Title, was ranked #1, was a top #1 seed in the tourney with these same “type” of players. Luke Fischer is the only transfer that was a “loss”. Have you ever played against really high caliber opposition? There is no shame in losing to KY, which won the title, or to Syracuse, which lost in the Final Four to the Champions from Louisville!

  • Outoftheloop

    San Antonio, they are the Pros pros! We are talking of 1 senior, 1 transfer, 0 juniors, 4 sophomores and the rest freshmen! The goal is to score. Noah had a better chance to score, via shot our foul shot, even double and triple teamed, than your “no shot” options. You wanted Noah to pass it to Austin, who would pass it to Evan with 2 seconds left on the shot clock?

  • Rie

    “You wanted Noah to pass it to Austin, who would pass it to Evan with 2 seconds left on the shot clock?” It takes a player 33 seconds to get a pass down low and kick it out?

    Noah did not have a better chance to score double and triple teamed. We simply do not know how our offense would have operated with Noah having the ability to pass. It never happened. If it did, I assume it would have sort of mirrored Marc Gasol in Memphis. Their perimeter shooting was some of the worst in the league, with Mike C. (Yogi) having to make up for most of it. Regardless, they still were able to generate strong ball movement and opportunities, because Gasol commanded the initial double team. Yes, he did make moves to the basket, but he made the opposition pay when they send the help defender.

    It amazes me I have to make a case that if our big man (who commanded double teams he could not pass out of and frequently turned it over) passed out of the post more, we would have had much better opportunities to score. Instead, we had a stale ball and infuriating half court turnovers.

  • Ole Man

    Can’t argue that! And it’s IU’s interior defense which has me worried.

  • ForeverIU

    I’m betting on the return of our current crew, plus an elite big. I’m betting on 2015-16 being our first year in some time without heavy attrition.

  • Ole Man

    I can say that with a straight face. IU has had one year at the top in the B1G. It’s not “re-established”, yet.

  • ForeverIU

    Year 4 was not “good”; it was excellent. We lost to the eventual champ, which we beat earlier in the season. We did not “underachieve” in year 5. We won an outright big ten championship for the first time in 20 years. We ended the season in the top 5 in offense. Year 6 was not trash; it was a down year after losing four major players to graduation and (fault Crean) to superb player development (Oladipo). Why do you say year 7 will be trash? It just shows you have a set agenda. I happen to think 2015-16 will be our next big year, but to say year 7 will be trash when we have one of the best back courts in the country is just plain ignorant.

  • ForeverIU

    Look up the word “pretentious”. Big deal, a spelling mistake. LOL!


    Everyone vents is one way or another and I have no doubt that my methods of venting cause some to feel like they need to, ” let me have it “, as well. The fact that you are able to step back and recognize what you were doing makes it a lot more understandable than someone that takes hard stance and then refuses to even reexamine what they said and how they said it. Anyone that has complained bitterly about something on this board, and they are many, myself included, should be willing and able to take a second look and be open enough to say what you have. GO HOOSIERS !!

  • Bryan

    Nobody has mentioned/realized that yogi and hanner play with really good chemistry. The college bball court is small, the defense is always gritty in the post making it a rarity to have a big man who can post up and dominate games with their back to the basket. The best bigs in college bball do their work on pick and rolls, offensive rebounding and inside out passing. Hanner and yogi will have good pick and roll chemistry. Indiana plays transition basketball and a four guard line up is ideal for their style of play (guards need to rebound). This team should be solid because of their prowess and depth in the backcourt. They will get transition buckets and transition 3’s with ease. We don’t need to dump it down to hanner. We just need him to play smart D because he can already rebound and defend in the post from a physical standpoint. 2014-2015 hoosiers are back in the trounament. 2015-2016 hoosiers, pending a full returning roster and the addition of a premiere front court player, will be back in the title talk.

  • Dagwoods

    its what I felt made Cody special – the ability to pass out.

  • HoosierGrampy

    When commenting about short, selective memories, would you care to speak about how losses to Northwestern Nebraska twice, Minnesota, Penn State and Pur-who do not constitute pitiful (dislike to use the word shameful) losses for IU? Boeheim, Knight, Stevens, Ryan, Matta, Izzo & Coach K, never played against really high caliber opposition, but that’s no negative on their ability to coach teams. I tire of people playing the “Fisher screwed IU by transferring” or the “If only Fisher had stayed” card…Crean wouldn’t have put him and Noah on the court at the same time…he had 18 chances to prove me wrong if you substitute Hanner for Luke, and wiffed on every one.

  • HoosierGrampy

    No, I didn’t see Hartman or Etherington play prior to coming to IU. But then I did see Yogi–the team’s only “consistently reliable shooter” shoot under .400 in 16 games last year and IU lost 9 of those games. So what??? Sheehey was a good shooter–right up to his senior season. My point was that if you’re not on the floor, you cannot score. BTW, when you hear the name Mike Woodson do you think elite shooter or scorer?

  • IUJeff

    Now what? Sorry just reviewing all the good analysis in this thread and could not resist…

  • PocketHoosier

    Reservedly excited