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Indiana freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Peter Jurkin will have appeals heard by NCAA Tuesday


Coming off a win over Georgia in the Legends Classic Monday night, Indiana coach Tom Crean could get another bit of good news before his team takes the floor for Tuesday’s championship game.

The NCAA will hear the appeals of Indiana freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin, according to Jeff Rabjohns of, close to two weeks after the two were suspended for benefits they received from their coach with AAU team Indiana Elite.

Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin were both suspended for 30 percent of the season, which translates to nine games and, if no appeal is granted, will keep them out of competition until Dec. 15 against Butler.

The two needed special permission to travel with the team to Brooklyn for the Legends Classic and were greeted with a round of applause of Indiana fans as they entered the arena Monday night.

But the case has received criticism because of the reach it appears the NCAA has in ruling benefits impermissible. The key was that the two freshman received benefits from the coach, Mark Adams, who is considered an Indiana booster.

A multi-million, courtside seat-type booster? No, but two decades ago he gave a total of $185 to the IU Varsity Club, slapping him with the “booster” title for life.

According to the Sporting News, a decision could come prior to Indiana’s championship game Tuesday night. Tip-off against Georgetown is slated for 10:00 p.m.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student

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Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.