Mosquera-Perea injury: What it means for IU

  • 01/13/2015 11:14 am in

Indiana’s depth took a hit Monday when junior forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea suffered a knee injury that could sideline him for two to four weeks, according to reports.

And just three games into the conference season, the Hoosiers are now two players down as sophomore Devin Davis remains sidelined following a traumatic brain injury suffered in early November.

So what does the injury to Mosquera-Perea mean going forward? Put simply, Indiana must look at this as a “next man up” situation. Indiana played five games in August in Canada without Mosquera-Perea, so it has some experience of what life is like without him.

Mosquera-Perea, who has started all 16 games and is averaging 7.5 points and five rebounds in 20.9 minutes, has been a key contributor at times this season. In IU’s win over Butler on Dec. 20, the Colombia native had eight points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots in 30 minutes. And in the Big Ten opener at Nebraska, he had 12 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes as the Hoosiers picked up a key road win, 70-65.

But there have also been games where Mosquera-Perea has been nearly invisible statistically. Most recently, he had just four points and two rebounds in eight minutes before fouling out against Ohio State. In each of IU’s first three Big Ten games, Mosquera-Perea has picked up two fouls prior to the first media timeout.

Freshman Emmitt Holt will likely get the opportunity to play an increased role and although he hasn’t played the number of minutes Mosquera-Perea has, he’s been a more efficient player from the field, free throw line and on the offensive glass.

Freshman Jeremiah April does not figure to see an increased role as a result of the injury as Tom Crean said last night on his radio show that he “needs to work harder.”

The Hoosiers will also have to go small more often with Collin Hartman, who is just 6-foot-6, figuring to get some minutes at the five as he did against Ohio State. Over IU’s last five games, Mosquera-Perea has logged just 46 percent of available minutes at the five spot with Holt (33 percent), Hartman (15) and Max Hoetzel (five) combining for the other 54 percent.

How well Indiana is able to overcome the injury may also come down to how quickly it can right the ship from the perimeter. Through three conference games, the Hoosiers are shooting just 24.2 percent from distance, which is last in the league.

Given all of the setbacks Indiana has been able to overcome this season – the Davis injury, the suspensions to Holt, Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson and questions about the direction of the program both on and off the court – this is another bump in the road that the Hoosiers must respond to quickly.

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  • TomJameson

    I simply just don’t believe that. Nobody know what is going on with April, but you don’t need to make things up just to make the situation fit your opinion.

  • MK

    “Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it MK. ITH 101.”

    Lol are you schizo bro? Someone get this dudes IP address to the authorities ASAP before he hurts himself….

  • David Macer

    We might need to see the good Stan come out tonight to defend Newbill.

  • David Macer

    I didn’t know that either. It will be interesting to see if the touch comes back and we torch a team or two that we are supposed to lose to on the road.

  • SilentBob

    Yea I’m not too concerned about this. If we can get him back by the Purdue game that would be ideal, if not then I may start to worry, but few dominate big men this year in the BIG. We all know Ohio State’s big men are massively underachieving…. Layman + Dodd for Maryland and Egwu for Illinois are solid but far from dominate. Haas and Hammon’s were already gonna dominate us already, so if he’s not back that all but puts that game out of reach IMO. Then 6 days later we play Wisconsin and it could start to get ugly.

  • TomJameson

    Alex, can you tell me why my reply to ForeverIU was deleted? Really shocked when I saw that it had to be approved, and coming back it was gone.

  • ForeverIU

    LOL, this is reminiscent of the days when I used to spar with Milla. That was before I caught Creanitis. Give Milla a chance, you might even get to like him.

  • MillaRed

    This guy writes about a secret MillaRed society and I have no idea who he is. And I’m the schizo. Whatever,

  • gm

    okay, okay, got it. sorry

  • SilentBob

    NO NO NO Tom let’s not get carried away and think coach might be doing something right. It’s a much more comfortable for me, who has no idea what’s going on, to assume coach is an idiot and our season is over.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Better than throwing him to the wolves against Louisville like we already did.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    no doubt about it, they were ‘hail mary’ recruits, the best of what was left. not trying to be mean, but they’re not on the team next year if CTC lands a couple big time recruits. both parties will mutually agree to part ways. being said, their roster spots appear to be secure.

  • Hardwood83

    I wouldn’t expect Hanner’s absence to have a huge impact tonight- but the next few games, especially @ Purdue, sure could. Inconsistent or not I REALLY hope he’s back in 2 weeks, not 4.

  • Michael

    Knee jerk reactions are the majority on ith.

  • Michael

    Has a top prospect ever not worked hard?

    What makes you think they are all different mentally from a guy ranked 200 or 300th?

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    the question is whether or not iu has sunken that low on the recruiting food chain. i don’t see the other big time programs recruiting kids who are awkward and getting used to their bodies. call me naive, but i refuse to believe the program can’t draw top level talent with the right coaching staff

  • TomJameson

    That’s alright man. We all live and we learn. 🙂

  • KmanCRK

    Schollys are offered one year at a time. Its rather easy to not offer certain kids a scholly next year if the coaches decide they have better options. (see the past 4 years)

  • Michael

    Lol I’m not sure why this is hard for some to understand here. You can have the nicest kid that does his school work and respects authority but he may not have the same desire to compete or work on his game as others.

    But the easy thing to do on this site is to jump to a negative conclusion, lumping current players with the past no matter the situation.

  • KmanCRK

    Let’s be honest, a couple of these “scholarship” players were added as emergency backups and for more competition in practice. Hopefully they are fulfilling that need, in practice that is.

  • Ole Man

    I’d bet, from what Crean has said, that April doesn’t leave the bench.

  • KmanCRK

    Do guys in the 9th-12th roster spots get playing time on any team? These guys were added for practice in my opinion. There was a time last spring where we didn’t even have enough guys for 5 on 5 in practice (especially if injuries showed up). I’d say if these guys help in practice then it wasn’t a waste at all. Now if they eat up a scholly for 4 yrs and never produce, that’s a whole other conversation. But schollys are offered 1yr at a time.

  • SilentBob

    No the question is why do we hold the opinion of scouts who only watch the eybl and prep schools in such high esteem? An even better question is when is the last time you saw a coach get involved with a highly ranked big man in January of their senior year and win? Or even May after Peter left. We didn’t get a top recruit because coach thought we had Fischer, Perea, and Jurkin who was finally getting healthy and adding muscle. A simple google of your favorite scouting service will show IU is still heavily involved with a many of top ranked kids in ’15, ’16, ’17, and beyond

  • JJ

    With the caveat that I have only seen him in a limited capacity, Priller has no business being on the floor at any reputable Division I school anytime soon.

  • Gregory Spera

    Good point. Oh, wait…

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    I agree with MK. We added him late because we missed out on a ton of good bigs last year and actually had some scholarships to give. Sorry that he isn’t ready yet. People act like it was an ideal situation. Well we got another late recruit that has worked out very well in Holt. Tom Crean at least sticks to his guns about players that work hard seeing the floor. If not, there’s the door. (Hollowell) That’s how he motivates. I like to try to keep some faith around here until the roof caves in completely. Reading consistent, negative filth throughout the season takes the enjoyment out of this website. That’s why I consistently skip certain posts.

  • Ole Man

    It’s the “Red” part of your nickname…you’re obvious a member of some secret socialist sect….
    I can hear them now…they sit around and chant “Go Big Red!”

  • KmanCRK

    Go back and look at what the roster was looking like for this year before signing those last few guys (Priller, Nick, April, and Holt) . Then assume (as we all did) that Hartman wasn’t going to play this year. You had 8 guys on scholarship for practice including DD. If by panic you mean trying to get enough guys to have 5 on 5, then I guess it was a panic move. But I would argue necessity over panic…

  • Kyl470

    I thought IU changed that and become one of the first schools to offer scholarships for all 4 years. Either way 9th-12th guys normally don’t play unless injuries occur. And now the team has had two injuries happen. So if you can’t step up and play your spot better than a guy 6 inches shorter than you then yes I view that as a waste.

  • JJ

    I don’t disagree with you there, but it’s hard to argue with what we’ve seen from Priller thus far. Other than a pretty good, stand still jump shot, I saw nothing that would lead me to believe he’s even 2 years from contributing.

    All I’m really arguing is that he’s behind some of the walk-on’s at this point.

  • MrNobody

    What ever happened to the days a coach motivated his players without using the media?

  • Dylan Wallis

    Bad loss, i think we all hope for a speedy recovery from Hanner but….if Emmitt doesnt start and get an increased roll during this time then we truly do have a blind coach.

  • SilentBob

    Whatever happened to the days where we assumed he had already tried that…………..

  • MrNobody

    No offense but Troy’s remarks after the MS game would lead you to believe that a pregame reminder of going head to head against Dawson might have been warranted!

  • Dylan Wallis

    I mean Holt gets the start right? It doesnt seem like rocket science.

  • SilentBob

    No offense but I think Troy knew exactly who he was going up against

  • SilentBob

    Plus Idk bout you, but it was one thing for my teachers to tell me I needed to work harder. It was quite another if ,say my classmates, family and friends knew it.

  • Kendall Bombard

    I swear it’s hard to believe we’re all fans of the same team when reading all the comments of every single post.. always more negativity than positivity..

  • IUMIKE1

    LOL !! You try to sound like you’re not one of them, but how do you know those details unless you are “one of those”. lol

  • MrNobody

    Agree he should have. It does fall on the players I agree. I am not saying we know everything that goes on behind the scenes. I just think all the media stuff is just coach trying to cover his rear. And no I am not on the fire coach band wagon

  • Kendall Bombard

    And I mean that by all the negativity towards other commenters, not the negativity towards the team. (Which can be a little excessive too lol). Everyone has their own thought processes and opinions, don’t get why some people have to bash others bc they don’t think the same.

  • SilentBob

    I understand how it come off that way. However the media isn’t making the decisions. If he is calling Fred Glass after every game telling him it’s the player fault then we have a problem. At the end of the day I think he is just trying to get the most out of them as any good teacher would. I remember being called out for half assing a paper in middle school. My teacher called me out in front of the whole class. The girl I had a crush on was in there. I’d never been so embarrassed. I vowed to never have that happen again. I got an A the next grading period.

  • inLinE6

    Healthy doesn’t mean productive or being a contributor. If CTC says he’s not ready, then I’m not ready to see him play either.

  • inLinE6

    How did you figure he’s top 350 not top 500 or top 1000? I’ve checked on several major ranking sites and didn’t see any rankings.

  • Dr Dave

    FWIW, I remember some pointed comments about players from RMK in his day, but they were on radio shows that only played live, so it still seemed to be fairly private rather than splashed over the media.

    I guess it can sometimes be debatable whether Twitter, ITH and other social media giving us so much more visibility into the team is a positive or negative.

  • MrNobody

    Life’s lessons and life’s scars. LOL.

  • IUMIKE1

    MAN, what is it about knee caps and the bball court at IU ?!?! At this rate it looks like we need a knee cap specialist on our medical staff.

  • SilentBob

    A comment will draw a negative response when they state their opinion or concerns with a factual tense. It’s not about what one says, so much as how one says it.

  • inLinE6

    He won’t come as walk-on, and we had scholly to give out at the time, that’s how I interpret the whole story. But I suspect there’s no guaranteed 4-year scholly to the late signees (JA and TP). We can’t afford to lose 5-star or 4-star prospects in the coming 2-3 years due to scholly issue.

  • Jim Miller

    You know the game is not for several hours yet, right?