That’s A Wrap: Hanner Mosquera-Perea

  • 04/03/2015 9:54 am in

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

Mosquera-Perea (26 games): 6.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 8.7 OR%, 59.4 2PFG% in 19.4 minutes per game.

The spotlight was thrust onto Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

Heading into the 2014-2015 season, Mosquera-Perea, who had never started a game in his Indiana career, was slated to start from the five position. At 6-foot-9, he was the Hoosiers’ best option at the position — after playing off the bench in his first two seasons behind the likes of Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh.

Ready or not, it was Mosquera-Perea’s time to make a contribution.

And throughout much of the 2014-2015 season, he did just that.

After developing his game through his first two years in Bloomington, Mosquera-Perea showed that the Hoosiers could not only play to him on offense, but through him, as well. He ran the court. He played through the paint. He got to the free throw line. And as his footwork improved significantly, as well, so too did his jump shot.

But in a season that he could have utilized a full 34 games of development, during a practice on Jan. 12, Mosquera-Perea dislocated his right knee. Right in the thick of Big Ten season, he was forced to be sidelined for seven games.

When he returned, he had to be slowly brought back into the rotation — and even then he was forced to miss a game in the Big Ten tournament after reaggravating the injury against Northwestern.

Despite the positives and the injury troubles, there were aspects of Mosquera-Perea’s game that hampered his success this season, too. In multiple games, he found himself picking up fouls at far too quick of a pace — which forced him to be sidelined for long stretches.

On defense, too, he never was able to resolve one of his biggest defensive issues — jumping too early. Several times this season, opposing players simply shot-faked, coercing Mosquera-Perea to jump, and then converting an easy layup once Mosquera-Perea was on his way down. That said, his 33 blocks this season are nearly double the amount that he had in his freshman and sophomore years combined (18).

In fact, really all aspects of Mosquera-Perea’s on-court contributions skyrocketed in his junior year at Indiana. Now, it’s just a matter of finding consistency with his production.

Bottom Line: It was well-known heading into the 2014-2015 season that Mosquera-Perea needed to make a significant contribution to the Hoosiers. Indiana coach Tom Crean had been unable to land a college-ready big man in the 2014 recruiting class, and the 6-foot-9 Mosquera-Perea was the best option he had. And throughout the season, Mosquera-Perea showed aspects of his improvement — mixing his typical array of highlight-reel dunks with offensive rebounds, blocks, footwork and even a jump shot or two. But Mosquera-Perea still showed struggles with defensive timing and foul trouble. And a knee injury kept him sidelined for eight games, too. That said, there is progress. And heading into his senior year, there is optimism, too.

Quotable: “It was a tough season for us. We went through a lot of things, but at the end everybody did their best and we really ended up with a good season.” — Mosquera-Perea following Indiana’s loss to Wichita State

Previously: Robert Johnson, Max Hoetzel, Emmitt Holt, James Blackmon Jr.,Stanford Robinson, Troy Williams, Collin Hartman

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  • I don’t even know if it was high expectations, exactly. The need was simply greater than maybe HMP could rise to.

  • just a fan

    My apologies, Tommy, I meant to say FOULS. For every minute Hanner plays he’s a flop away from another foul. For every blocked shot he does make he throws himself in the air and puts himself out of position to actually block the shot or get the rebound.. You may not agree with my opinion, and I may think you have rose colored glasses on (concerning his playing potential), but stay civil, son.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Yep, but most importantly he’ll be something incredibly rare at IU recently: a senior.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Robbie Eggers! Lol!

  • Hoosier Hall

    I would say Stan was probably our most reliable and tenacious defender but he was just to unpredictable on the offensive end.

  • Hoosier Hall

    HMP will improve again this off season and I think if we land Bryant, a senior big man with his abilities will be extremely valuable coming off the bench. Less pressure, more aggressive play and experience. HMP will be a SENIOR!! That’s gotta count for something, right?

  • BC Hoosier

    Gotcha…personally don’t agree with that idea but to each his own.

  • grllin

    I recall when Hanner committed there were (what seemed like plausible) comparisons to a young Serge Ibaka, if he put in the work. For a couple years, it seemed like all we heard from CTC was that Hanner needed to work harder – a comment that I don’t actually think I’ve heard recently. Hopefully this means that a fraction of the development we all hoped for will come to fruition this next year, although I’m not holding my breath…

  • SCHoosier

    As we have found out..athletic freaks are not necessarily b-ball players. Each of Hanner’s seasons have been disrupted by some event or injury. No telling how he might have developed (or quickly) had HMP had a more “normal” first three seasons.

  • SCHoosier

    If he’s 6-8..I’m 7 ft:)

  • pcantidote

    Yep, it worked out, and that is what these other pampered 5 stars will think as well.

  • SilentBob

    I hate UK as much as the next IU loyalist, but let’s be honest here for a minute, UK is so much more than a minor league NBA team. He is on the front line of getting kids to stay longer and be closer to earning a degree. Now he is getting kids to stay 2, 3, and even four years now with Poythress. Ulis is going to be a heck of a player for a long time for them. I don’t understand why every kid goes there from a development stand point because he does have failures, but he has a better track record than anyone. Cal is extremely sharp and one of the best coaches in the game easily. It’s pretty easy to sell especially after his championship in 2012. How many other coaches have won a championship with a one and done in the one and done era? I can only think of two who even competed/ got to the final four and that’s Ohio State and Duke this year. UCLA has had one and dones, Kansas has, Duke has had many, Arizona has, Ohio State has,we have, and none have reached the final four except THIS years Duke team and Ohio State in 2007.

    So they have a program with tradition, a top tier coach (both xs and os and developmentally speaking), the best facilities of any college campus, compete against the nations best players everyday, and a chance to get playing time on a team with a chance to win the championship. If I had the abilities of these guys, and wasn’t raised on IU basketball, UK would be on the top of my list hands down before I even talked to Cal, who happens to be one of the sharpest most forward thinking minds around. It was an easy pick for Lyles even if he thought Towns and others were better than big men than he. He had to realized he was a tweener at the next level. Cal has now build him into a package that isn’t only draftable, but could possibly contribute in a Robert Horry kind of way. Now that I sound like a Calipari apologist……. F Kentucky…. go Wisconsin!

  • Jeremy

    So far , I think it could be said HMP is a great athlete but not a great basketball player. However, the kid has battled some injuries and he does seem to give effort so not much more one can ask. I have seen in the past all of the sudden something clicks and guys just put it together. Can you say Landon Turner ? Hopefully, the same happens to HMP his senior year. Err minus the tragedy of course.

  • Jeremy

    Anyone remember Ewe Blab ? He was horrible his first three years but went on to be a solid pro for a bit.

  • dwdkc

    It helped him that he was 7’2, which isn’t the case here. Although he never looked too good, except for some games his senior season, his size created all kinds of problems for opponent offenses. Steadily improved, hope to see the same here but very different players.

  • Eljay

    Are you saying Zeller wasn’t good?

  • dwdkc

    He threw down a few. Not a problem for a 6’6″ guy with some athleticism, which he has.

  • dwdkc

    Lyles was so good, as was Towns, that they get major minutes at the expense of the guys who were there. Lyles would have done fine coming to IU though–would have played 30 minutes and made the team a contender for 2nd in Big 10 and possible deep tourney run.

  • Eljay

    Loved Ewe, despite his hands of concrete.

  • cooper

    Pros

  • cooper

    No the exact opposite, hence me saying he’d be good if I coached

  • cooper

    Not a true big man. More of a big 3 and he was a bust as a pro. Henderson had 10x the career he did

  • cooper

    Correct. Zeller was going to be a good player no matter the coach. Not sure where he is going as a pro though I’ve been impressed with him this year

  • cooper

    Agree but I think Oladipo passes him

  • cooper

    You miss the sarcasm apparently. The point was he didn’t need a good coach to be a good player. I have coached AAU though which wasn’t there an assistant who ran an AAU team?

  • dssnyder1

    Excellent well thought out post. the only thing I will possibly disagree with is I don’t think the 4 and 5 star players go to Kentucky for their tradition. I believe they are going there for a quick trip to the NBA and the chance of hanging a banner.
    recruiting a player who has actually dreamed of going to said University since he was a little boy is a thing of the past for the most part

  • Sam Reisert

    While I mostly agree with you, I think it’s tough to argue that taking charges helped him to avoid fouls, as he picked up many unnecessary blocking fouls this way.

  • Sam Reisert

    UK could also still have Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress. Hopefully playing time is important to Bryant.

  • Sam Reisert

    I totally agree with you. Plus, we occasionally get to see “High School Mixtape Hanner” and it is always extremely satisfying. He threw down some crazy dunks this year.

  • Bk39

    please reference law as it is, not what is taught in school.

  • John Prichard

    I hope he gets 20-25 mins a game 10 points 10 rebounds and plays good defense. Now to my rant. If this team does really really improves it defense it will be another middle of the pact team. This is the worst I.U. defensive team I can remember and I’m 74.

  • Jeremy

    I only have one more comment. Go Wisconsin!!

  • Eljay

    Sorry, it got by me—–& now it’s caused me to chuckle.

  • SilentBob

    True tradition is mainly a thing fans hang their hat on. More specifically fans whose team isn’t winning currently. But for the few kids who do like that stuff, UK has that too. I was mad at my friend who is a UNC fan, after we lost to Syracuse in the sweet 16 he sent me a overused joke that said “I heard IU games were going to be broadcast on the history channel because winning is a thing of the past there.” Painful but he got me lol.

  • TomJameson

    Okay. My name is not Tommy, and I’m not your son. And, I submit that you have no stats to back up what you are saying. When you can quote stats get back to me.

  • TomJameson

    Don’t know why you jumped in thisbk39. But it

  • TomJameson

    You are right, I missed it. Sorry, normally I’m fluent in sarcasm, my bad.

  • Bk39

    they still do trials? I guess on rare occasion they still occur. Just don’t see how making arguments on a blog has any comparison to the judicial system whatsoever.

  • SeeingRed

    Except where are Holt’s minutes going to come from next year? Crean didn’t give him many this year even though the team was in dire need. So if Bryant comes through, plus two more 6-8 guys people think can play … I don’t see how he plays enough to do big things.

  • hoosier93

    Hopefully he can have a good Senior year and get ready for the pros. He’s one of those players that seem to be better fit for an NBA game with great PG’s that throw lobs. Whether he is in the NBA, DLEAGUE or overseas.

  • marcusgresham

    Oh no, he definitely has room for improvement but I’m just saying I like the fact that he doesn’t try to swat everything whether he’s in position or not.

  • dwdkc

    OK another good watercooler argument. I submit that Randy Wittman had a better NBA career than Henderson, and he left IU after Isiah (but started a couple of years before), so I don’t know if he counts.

  • cooper

    He is a bit before my time, so you may be right.

  • ForeverIU

    Tom is the definition of civility. Only a schmuck can drive him to be uncivil.

  • ForeverIU

    Tom Crean on Hanner after his injury:

    “Without his presence inside, without his ability to post, and it sometimes it’s not always the statistics that he gets or doesn’t get, it’s the ground that he covers. For people that really pay attention, they see the ground that he covers and the presence that he has. It’s not always getting caught up in the numbers that he has or doesn’t have.”

  • ‘Nuff_Said

    By ground he covers I believe is a reference to HMP lying on the floor after taking a charge.

  • ‘Nuff_Said

    You’re just slightly older than I am but I wholeheartedly agree and if there’s an adjective that’s worse than ‘worst’ then it applies to this year’s team.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    What did CTC learn from Izzo when he worked under him? Could CTC have developed Kaminsky to his level today over 4 years, with all his solid foot work in the paint? Why does CTC fail to utilize player mistakes in games as ‘coaching moments’? Why isn’t Hanner used as a 4, since Yogi/Stan were our best post defenders? How many point would pUKe beat us by this year, 40 or 50? Sigh . . .

  • ‘Nuff_Said

    IMO Holt’s minutes next season will come at the expense of Hanner’s. I think Holt’s overall skill set is superior and with the off season to put on some added weight and strength he will take minutes from Hanner regardless of what Bryant may do.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Oh, love that angle. I am a banker and I can do anything I want and the Feds will bail me out and I will never be prosecuted! Cool.