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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  • KPN

    I think he is just trying to find a way to say that he is just not good enough at this time.

  • Jim Miller

    What about the caveat that you’re not a coach or scout and likely have no real basis for being able to make that judgement?

  • Kendall Bombard

    Oh, I totally understand that. Some just try to make it a goal to make the other feel stupid about their opinion, and that’s what I’m growing tired of seeing on here. No need for that childish stuff.

  • ‘Nuff_Said

    Perhaps that is a hint that April may not be around next fall.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    now go a step further and google the crystal ball predictions for each of those top ranked players. i think i saw maybe one predicted to go to iu. the others weren’t even close. you’re welcome to correct me if i’m wrong.

    and if coach’s hopes were riding on HMP or PJ, that’s his problem. lots and lots of excuses. i’m not sure how highly i regard scouts, i pay attention though because at the very least they know a lot more than any of us. but i will say i certainly don’t think much of the ones who put HMP in the top 100.

  • ForeverIU

    Darn, Jim, you must be the Last Literalist!

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Forever — I’m an AAU 7th grade coach. I’d like to think I’m a pretty darn good coach. But some kids, no matter what you say or how you say it, just doesn’t click…

  • Carolina Hoosier

    Amen Brother. I was told I didn’t know much about basketball early in the season by a regular commentor because I was suggesting more PT for Holt over HMP.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Plus Milla, JA is on a team where we are PRAYING for a big to step up. If he hasn’t already been “working hard” —- I don’t see much of a future for him on the court.

  • JJ

    I have eyes. I see that he isn’t a D-I player at this point. Do you have an opinion on anything that you don’t do professionally?

  • No knock against Hanner, but Emmitt Holt is a much better and more impactful player. Hanner’s presence is necessary to eat some minutes, but it already appears that Holt’s growth curve is moving much quicker than Hanner’s, who has had plenty of playing time. Our main problem is the lack of size, but Crean’s lack of understanding (how to maximize his bigs) is directly attributable to his ability to land any more 5-star bigs. If not for this injury, we may have had some hope of finishing in the middle of the pack, but this will likely push us to finish the BIG in 10th place…where many experts predicted in the preseason.

  • BlakeD1223

    I predicted that Emmitt Holt would be starting by the end of the year but I didn’t want it to be this way. Emmitt is still raw but with more playing time I think he can impact a game. He’s a great shot blocker that is for sure.

  • Well why did Crean recruit a kid that he doesn’t intend to play?! I guess the simple answer is that this is all that was left (of bigs). But honestly, Crean has clearly demonstrated he doesn’t have a clue as to how to develop (or play) them, so for that we’ll never land another 5-star big as long as Crean is the coach. If the two incoming 6’8″ kids are athletic, this could be a very formidable team, as our physical makeup will begin to look more like that of Syracuse’s typical team. If that is the case, then I guess we don’t need a true big in the lineup. In the meantime, what we have (in terms of bigs) is the end-result of not understanding how to develop the ones we had. It’s going to be interesting moving forward.

  • Gregory Spera

    Exactly. There were already plenty of minutes available for a serviceable seven footer on this team even BEFORE Hanner got hurt. If, and I say IF, he hasn’t already been working hard, then shame on him.

  • What is Davis’s status? Is he practicing or is his career over?

  • Gregory Spera

    Exactly how big of an “emergency” does it have to be?

  • It sounds idiotic. They need all the space they can fill with bigs. According to last year’s offseason stories, he was supposed to be so great. Now it appears that his scholarship will be one of those that will not be renewed, given that we are currently over-committed for the 2015 class by two scholarships. Not that this isn’t warranted, but I wonder how many fans understand that today’s scholarships are year-to-year, i.e., not 4-year scholarships.

  • ForeverIU

    Are you punning on the word “knee” or “jerk”, or both? Such a poet you are.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I don’t think work ethic is an issue for Stan. I think he has simply completely lost confidence in his ability to shoot. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to switch shooting hands. So, if he is going to stick with the change, he’s just going to have get a feel for it through putting up thousands of shots (which it sounds like he’s doing).

    I’m rooting for Stan.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I’d rather see an undersized CH and MH ….. They play hard, they can make shots…. In the end, I think we have a better chance to win with them.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I watched a ESPN Special on Tom Brady where he talked about once he got the chance to start, he was going to do everything he possibly could to never surrender that starting position. This is EH’s moment – seize it – never surrender the minutes!

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I believe the answer is neither. I think he’s doing condition drills and back in classes, working his way back to normal.

  • KmanCRK

    stay tuned…

  • KmanCRK

    I would agree completely about Priller. I’ve said he looks like the slowest guy in D-1 hoops. But looking back, it wasn’t a very deep pool of kids to choose from. I think the real criticism here is for how Crean managed the roster in which we were even in that situation last summer.

    With 1 guy going pro and 1 guy graduating, you shouldn’t be hard pressed to get 10 guys to compete in practice. That’s the real issue.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Why go somewhere and ride the pine? Free education and college experience are 2 pretty good reasons to me.

  • SilentBob

    I can’t even count the number of times the crystal ball has been wrong. The prediction almost always go to too the latest name enter, or the longest one recruiting him, or simply the one who is putting the most effort in to getting him. But De’Ron Davis is 85% for IU for what it is worth. 100% for Bruce Brown, 100% for Eron Gordon, and 33% (highest for any school) for Braxton Blackwell. That sounds like a knockout recruiting class for 2016 to me. Not too mention the handful of other players whose recruitment is heating up like Rawle Alkins, Quentin Goodin, etc and there are players we haven’t even offered yet. The longer Bryant’s recruitment drags out the longer I’m inclined to believe there is no favorite.

  • IUJeff

    Take his current stats, project them out to starters minutes, then come back and try again.

  • IUJeff

    It’s pretty simple Ken. There at many, many more glass half empty folks than glass half full.

  • SilentBob

    And woah woah woah. You are trimming that list way short. HMP or Peter? How about Noah (was unsure if he was going pro or not), Luke, Devin, Hanner, and PJ. If anyone predicted we’d lose all those guys then I want to take him to Vegas. Also we couldn’t shoot worth a damn last year. The recruiting class he brought in was terrific for what we needed at the time.

  • Well I couldn’t agree more wholeheartedly. We just witnessed this last night: what did anyone think of Ohio State’s postseason chances when they were suddenly forced to using a third-string QB with no playing experience? These “disasters” are merely shrouded opportunities and I wouldn’t be surprised if Hanner becomes the backup on his return.

  • Kendall Bombard

    You’re very right in saying that Jeff, unfortunately.

  • assuming he comes back at all…he’s now out “indefinitely,” whatever that means. We’ll need him for Illinois, and especially against Wisconsin. We’ll need several big guys to compete with Wisconsin, actually.

  • my thoughts exactly.

  • exactly. time to get the scrubs a little playing time. We’re going to need them. If Hanner doesn’t come back for a month or more, and Crean doesn’t adapt and start trying out other tall guys who only sit the bench, and drops most of the next games, I officially would support his
    firing. He needs to give them a chance. No excuses. Nobody expected Holt to produce. These guys need some experience, because we are going to rely on them more and more. Priller, Hoetzel, April, at the very least, should get a few minutes each half. I’m not interested in
    reasons why they aren’t “ready.” Time for someon-the-job training. June is too late for them to begin contributing. And why did this coaching staff not go after other big guys immediately after losing Vonleh? Guards and forwards alone are going to get smashed by most of
    up-coming competition. Maryland and Wisconsin are huge. Time for a change. If a certain someone is incapable of changing and adapting to this new challenge to the team, it might be a sign that a much bigger change is needed after the season ends.

  • I’m fine if the team gets the wrong message, and continues to win, as opposed to the coach being stubborn and IU loses the rest of their games. If a coach has to force losses onto the team to prove a point, said coach is by definition a loser. I’m not a Crean-hater and have supported him all season. But such a course of action is asinine and shows complete incompetence.

  • IU is dramatically undersized now and there is a 7-footer sitting on the bench. The coach, of all people, MUST figure this out. Not doing so is not an option. We need size, we have size, but it isn’t being used. The coach is ultimately responsible for this, he has to figure it out. Now. It might very well take a few games and some mistakes, but better now than later.

  • no inside game, teams stack defense on the arc. need an inside threat.

  • oldiugymnast

    You guys act like there are an unlimited number of 6’10 to 7’2 players that are awesome, well developed and just itching to play at IU. The truth is that most big men break down before they even get to college, and as recruits very few are available that are skilled.

  • agreed. the situation is drastically different now, so the coach needs to change and adapt. no excuses, we need inside players, now more than ever.

  • oldiugymnast

    and we missed a lot of open shots. Lets not forget that.

  • oldiugymnast

    Man forever – you really have gone off the deep end on Coach these last few weeks. Why?

  • oldiugymnast

    Right. Sure. And if he plays April, it becomes a disaster, you will be the first guy out there rushing to Coach’s defense. Please.

  • oldiugymnast

    Wait – just a handful of posts above, you want to put in April so we have a big body regardless of whether or not he is prepared and don’t care if we lose. I am confused. Play April and lose is okay? Win without him is okay? Don’t win without him is bad? So confused. What is it that you want?

  • oldiugymnast

    I should not come to this site. It makes me crazy. Shorten the bench! Put in the scrubs! Coach didn’t go after bigs (except he did)! Coach gave a scholarship to a Big that isn’t ready to play. The horror!

    And did you watch Uconn last year?

  • Nope. I haven’t bashed Crean all season, and have generally defended him. To say he needs to play April and other bench scrubs for a few minutes going forward is hardly a controversial statement. I expect them to make mistakes. That’s kinda the whole point – give them a few minutes to get experience, allow them to make their freshman mistakes…so they can learn and improve. Because we need big guys and have them…sitting on the bench! There is no reason they shouldn’t get a few minutes here and there, for the experience alone.

  • oldiugymnast

    Yeah – Coach Knight was just a sweetheart to Recker a few times.

  • oldiugymnast

    I am not sure I agree. But hey – I am not the coach. I want us to win. And if April isn’t going to help us do that then coach shouldn’t play him. I trust coach to get it right.

  • see my last response. it’s time to adapt to a new situation, whether you want to recognize it or not. a badly undersized team is now even smaller…with big guys sitting the bench. a few minutes each game for them isn’t exactly a revolution in basketball strategy, it’s common sense to get these guys some experience in games. I don’t want Yogi guarding Egwu or Kaminski and anyone who does is an idiot.

  • Swishmac IU

    I find it interesting that all those “Bring in Alford” folks who are trying to drive out CTC are not talking about the wonderful job Steve is doing in Westwood. While I am not a fan of CTC’s half court offense, and yes I am as frustrated as everyone else with our inability to recruit a stable of bigs, I am 100% supportive of a coach who beats ranked teams, graduates players, develops lottery picks, etc –

  • Jrod

    Really I would rather play ball in games than sit on the bench you can get a free education else where and get the college experience. Go play somewhere that can use you. Cant blame the kid though we recruited him.