2014-2015 Player Profile: Hanner Mosquera-Perea

  • 10/22/2014 8:57 am in

With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’re taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster this month. Today, we continue our look at Indiana’s roster with Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea is the Colombian Question Mark.

Any strong prognostications on just what to expect from the junior this season seems a fool’s errand. It’s not that he won’t or can’t take a leap closer to his potential. It’s just his career has been one incident after another, and you start to wonder if he can ever take his gladiator body and couple it with adequate court awareness and fundamentals to become a reliable frontcourt factor.

The nine games missed as a freshman due to a misguided NCAA judgement. The DWI a season ago. And most recently, the missed Canada trip due to visa issues.

It’s reasonable to expect Mosquera-Perea to start. It’s reasonable to expect he’ll be better. But just how much better is the unknown right now.

To spend more time on the court, it’ll help if he cuts down on fouls (6.1 per 40 minutes, second worst on team behind Devin Davis at 7.4) and turnovers (25.7 turnover percentage, second worst on team to Davis at 25.8 percent). Tom Crean likes his teams to get to the line. More court time for Mosquera-Perea, who led the team in free throw rate (117.5) and shot it decent from there (72.3 percent) should mean more points, especially if he’s getting easy dump-off and putback opportunities from Indiana’s perimeter threats as they take it into the paint.

Any points he’s able to put in via pick-and-rolls situations, set plays or his back to the basket wouldn’t hurt, either.

Mosquera-Perea led the team in block percentage (6.1 percent) a season ago. Without a ton of interior presence this season, steady rim protection from the junior will be important. The same goes for the boards. Indiana needs Mosquera-Perea to rebound on both ends of the floor with consistency.

The aforementioned fundamentals and court awareness have been issues for Mosquera-Perea in his two seasons in Bloomington. If he enters the season improved in these areas, it should make everything else come a little easier. After IU’s practice last Monday, Mosquera-Perea talked like a player who realizes that his time to grow his production has arrived.

“My role right now is a big role. Not just being that, being one of the oldest guys on the team,” he said. “I feel like I have a lot that I need to accomplish with the team, helping the team on the court and off of the court. This off season I worked on a lot of things. My  shooting. My post moves. My timing and just relaxing and just playing.”

Bottom Line: Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh ain’t walking through that door. It’s time for Mosquera-Perea to finally assume a large responsibility in the frontcourt in a season the Hoosiers need it. If he can stay on the court and be a legitimate, consistent threat on both ends, a player opposing teams have to scout and prepare for, it can make this team that much better. The frontcourt is sticking out as the team’s biggest weakness as Hoosier Hysteria approaches. Mosquera-Perea has the opportunity to change the narrative by season’s end if he’s able to finally put it together this season.

Quotable:  “It’s time to play. It’s time to be really serious about playing extended minutes. 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.” — Crean in June

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  • Hoosier Pride

    I believe he COULD truly burst onto the scene this year. Hasn’t seen the court as much as we all would have liked but was a backup to two, very good and skilled bigs, who were lottery picks. He got to practice every single day against these two now millionaires. He has the athleticism and the backing of his teammates to hopefully get him more involved. Let’s just all hope he can put it all together.

  • Kyl470

    So HMP gets a modeling pic for his photo. Guess that means he is going to be a big deal this year. Hope he rises to the occasion.

  • CreanFaithful

    He has said that. But that doesn’t mean all of them crash the boards on every defensive play. It’s about where you are positioned on the floor. An outlet man needs to know when he is in best position to streak the floor.

  • inLinE6

    Nobody’s talking about the importance of being healthy? To me, the no.1 thing for Hanner is to stay healthy. This season he can be outstanding or mediocre which we don’t know yet, but he has to be there. If he goes down with any injury, we would sink for sure.

  • TomJameson

    I don’t think anybody is looking at Hanner becoming a superstar, just consistent play, fewer fouls and turnovers, protect the rim, and block a few shots. Really the whole thing is the consistency.

  • Btown88

    OSU bigs may have been legit in high school, but what progress have they made?

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    HMP or Hanner is paramount to IU’s success this season as he has the best opp to positively impact our front line.

  • I don’t think you can lay it all on Hanner like that. This team can be very good, if he is only a bit above average. Yes, his contribution is important, but to say he has to be good for the team to be very good.. not sure I can agree with that. I think it would certainly help. I do think if he has an exceptional year, the team can have a great year, like maybe third or fourth in the B1G…

  • Bryce Kepner

    They took pictures like this of every player. If you go back a few weeks on this site, you’ll see…..

  • b_side

    Way to keep it classy…

  • And One

    I agree with you, Ken, that if he’s good the team can be great. I didn’t mean to say that the team couldn’t still do well even if Hanner has a mediocre season–they could–but if he breaks out, then it’ll be a great season. It’s not all on him, but he is an important piece in the puzzle.

  • Michael Crawley

    Hanner should be improved but there are two things that stand out to me. First DD and EH are going to compete for big minutes and Holt already pocesses an inside game. So we may be inexperienced but not thin. Secondly, it is no secret with three of the best guards in the country we are going to go small. HMP will have to be a good enough defender to not need a double team every time the ball is thrown inside and he will have to rebound. I’m sure HMP is excited I know i am for him.

  • Drew

    I would say that CTC’s future is riding more heavily on our back court this year. If Hanner doesn’t become a reliable contributor, we sort of knew all along that this would be a possibility. However, say our backcourt has issues again. What if our turnover habits aren’t resolved or our 3pt shooting isn’t up to par with expectations? If so, Crean’s seat will be a lot warmer by March 2015.. That being said, do I really believe our back court will falter this season? No. This is the reason why I have more optimism than some on this page about our chances this year. Our success will be determined by how far our guards take us. Hanner, Davis, and the like are critical to our success, but if they don’t show up like we want them to, I still think we have a good shot at winning a lot of games due to the strength of our guards and a wing like Troy on the court.

  • ManovSteelo

    This guy has been overhyped from jump — and it’s not his fault. Dakich alluded to it at the Wisconsin game last year, I believe, and he’s right. HMP is right where he’s supposed to be as a player, which is still very much learning the game (versus dominating lesser players strictly on athleticism). He as made some off-the-court mistakes and is nowhere near Oladipo in terms of work ethic, but if he applies assiduous effort to learning in these next two years, he may have a pro career somewhere for a long while. Not saying he’ll have a Landon Turner turnaround, but he could at least be an all BIG first-teamer before his time is done.

  • FinEndNow

    They may not be superstars but they are still good and very talented.

  • Outoftheloop

    You could be right. But I was talking about Hanner’s NBA aspirations. If he can’t get close to a 10/10 double/double average as a junior, his chances for an NBA career diminish. He has the skills and the talents. He needs the will, determination, focus and discipline! Noah was a 9 rebound/ 11.3 points/game guy last season in 26.5 minutes/game and was drafted #9 by the NBA (Hannner played only 7.7 minutes/game). Noah shot .523% FG, .716% FT; Hanner shot .575% FG and .723% FT. Noah had .339 rebounds, .426 points, .052 blocks and .102 fouls/minute; Hanner had .277 rebounds, .357 points, .058 blocks, .152 fouls/minute. The areas where Hanner must improve are obvious. But with an above average, solid improvement this year, Noah’s numbers last season are definitely possible for Hanner if he can get the Coach to play him 25 minutes/game! The foul argument for NOT playing Hanner 25 minutes/game is weak, even at .152 fouls/ min X 25 min = 3.8 fouls per game. Play Hanner until he fouls out. He will learn and improve! Indiana will win games and return to the NCAA!

  • Outoftheloop

    Nor does it mean that he won’t improve! Hanner did improve last season over the previous season. In terms of basketball experience he is like a still raw 6’9 very athletic sophomore. Those are exactly the kids who have shown the greatest improvement the next year under Crean at IU!

  • Outoftheloop

    Yes! And it is time to put the kid on the floor 25 minutes/game, or until he actually fouls out!

  • Outoftheloop

    I am looking for exactly that! He has the tools! He has the opportunity and stage to himself now! Just do it Baby!

  • Outoftheloop

    Absolutely! But he must play 25 minutes/game, every game! Even when he is struggling!

  • ForeverIU

    I’m not sure where he’s been “overhyped”, but I do know that Hanner played in the shadows of Noah last year, and played only 7.7 minutes per game. In those minutes he averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds. Interpolating these numbers to 25 minutes per game would give us 9 points and 7 rebounds per game, and that’s not including added improvement between seasons. I know interpolations are simplistic, but they are based on stronger evidence than just about any other claim we are making about Hanner. I’ll take 9 points and 7 rebounds from Hanner this season. He will reduce his fouls, just like Noah did last season.

  • Outoftheloop

    Hanner was ranked #43 by Rivals in 2012 ( Yogi #19, Jeremy #41, Hammonds-Purdue #77, Harrell, Louisville #82).

  • Outoftheloop

    IU has to play Hanner with one PF, Devin or Emmitt, for 1/3 of each game to be great. We need for the Coach to realize this! That still leaves 2/3 of each game for the 4 guard or 4 small (Troy) lineups!

  • Outoftheloop

    I could not agree more!

  • ManovSteelo

    I’m referencing his ESPN Top 100 ranking in 2012 (which I’m sure Dakich was, as well). I know he played with Yogi on the summer circuit in HS, and was made to probably look much better than he really was, as a result. I don’t think he has realized before now just how much work it takes to play at the highest level, so this year is basically his freshman season but with the knowledge he has picked up over the past two. In a sense, both he and Yogi, being the only two members of “The Movement” left, have suffered from unrealistic expectations — Yogi, in particular. Both are only juniors, but you’d think that last season was their senior one, given how they were criticized. Lucky for them, they’ve got 2 seasons left. Yogi could be an all-time IU great, if he wants to be; Hanner will be something decidedly less spectacular, but could really make strides if he buys-in defensively and makes defense his calling card. Maybe he can get the Drisell Award, or the NABC, if he reaches his potential.

  • ForeverIU

    Thanks for clarifying. I see now where you’re coming from. I can only speak based on what I’ve read about Hanner over the last year and a half or so, and I rarely see overhyping, certainly not on ITH, which is what prompted my comment. I’m not implying in any way that I think you are implicating Hanner, just to be clear. If anything, I think you are saying that Hanner is in part a victim of the hype surrounding him (from ESPN quarters at least) and that we should treat his situation on its own terms.

  • Michael Crawley

    I do agree with you and I really hope it works out that way.

  • ManovSteelo

    No problem. My concern with HMP is that he has appeared to be behind the 8-ball, so to speak, from the first day he set foot on campus, and that his inability to significantly improve hasn’t helped perception any that he was overrated out of HS. I see a guy with top-tier athleticism and a Div. III-level game. While it’s unlikely his skill set ever catches up, hr needs to make enough strides to warrant being litlke more than a spot-minutes player on a team that desperately needs his improved services.

    Go, Hoosiers!

  • TomJameson

    You know Loop, I try to balance my optimism with reality but I have a hard time doing that with Hanner because of exactly what you just said. I really think he could take over a game if he had the confidence! I think we’ll see some of those games, at least I surely hope so. But he has to believe himself that he can do it. But man, I really think he can be a beast if he let himself. LOL

  • Brad

    I agree with your statement Ken, although if our team having a great year is third or fourth in the B1G, that is not exactly moving the program in the right direction.

  • Ole Man

    Excellent observations.

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  • Btown88

    My point is this: what player has left osu with a better rating than what he entered? I don’t see any evidence of player development at osu.
    Whereas, player development is a strong point at IU.
    I am hoping that HP and TW both got the memo!

  • Ole Man

    Anytime. It’s a pleasure when someone takes the time to post thoughtful analysis. Makes my enjoyment of this site and the game that much better.

  • HoosierGrampy

    If it’s fair to dis OSU for what you perceive to be a lack of player development, excluding Victor Oladipo, please list the players who have left IU with a better rating than when they arrived? There are 6 Suckeyes in the league; IU has 3.

  • HoosierGrampy

    How do you support the comment about IU having 3 of the best guards in the country? No argument that we have 1 of the better guards in the country and 2 who MAY become among the best in the country at some point in time. Tyler Ulis, DeAngelo Russell, and Isiah Whitehead may have something to say about who the “best” freshman guard is in the NCAA..

  • HoosierGrampy

    For the record and for what it’s worth, if TC plays a 4-guard lineup for extended minutes in any game, he will help prove that the pre-season rankings were accurate–and perhaps even a bit generous regarding where they placed us in the B1G. We may well light up the scoreboard better than last year, but there are way too many “what ifs” and unknowns facing these guys regarding DEFENSE & REBOUNDING not to mention the pace of the game and a few loose ends at the offensive end to wrap up. I just don’t see it happening with this crew. If Troy is 1 of the 4 “guards”, he alone could be the difference maker.

  • Michael Crawley

    I thoght about this and my argument is I’m a homer. Also JBJ unproven but definitely a pure blood, YF has proven himself, RJ was ranked a top 10 guard in the class. I am very optimistic about this team. Chemistry on last years team was awful which the reason i suspected that we had the in season transfer. But, guards win games also the have the ball when the clock is running down. I suspect we will win a lot of very close games but we will also get blown out a few.

  • EdgarAllenPoor

    Hopefully, CTC will also realize that it is time to coach.