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NCAA upholds ruling on Indiana’s Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin

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Almost three weeks after Indiana freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin were suspended nine games for receiving improper benefits from their AAU coach, the NCAA decided to uphold the ruling Friday afternoon.

The NCAA Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement ruled that the two IU freshmen must sit out the next four games, to go along with the first five they’ve already missed.

The 7-foot Jurkin and 6-foot-8 Mosquera-Perea, according to the NCAA, accepted $6,000 and $8,000, respectively, from an Indiana booster. Over their recruitment, the two received plane tickets, meals, housing, a laptop, a cell phone, and clothing.

The impermissible benefits, according to the NCAA, came from AAU coach, Mark Adams, who donated a whopping $185 dollars to Indiana from 1986-1992. These donations, which Adams claimed the largest sum of money he gave at one time was $30, labeled Adams as a booster.

Adams, who coached Indiana Elite AAU, is the founder/president of A-HOPE Foundation, with the sole purpose to provide deserving student-athletes with a student visa and an opportunity to receive an education, according to the organizations website.

According to the NCAA report, Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin lived with Adams in Bloomington during several summers and it press release specifically stated that he had signed financial aid documents required for two former Indiana University basketball student-athletes in 2008 and 2010.

On a number of occasions during the regular review of its rules, NCAA members have continually stressed that the unfair recruiting advantages that come from booster involvement should not be acceptable in college athletics. Further, the 2011 NCAA Presidential Retreat participants emphasized the need for increased accountability and integrity in several aspects of college sports, including the involvement of boosters with prospective student-athletes.

The two freshmen needed special permission to travel with the team to Brooklyn earlier this week for the Legends Classic. They walked into the Barclays Center to a loud ovation from the Indiana faithful. Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin can take the floor on Dec. 15 against Butler.

The university has decided to suspend its relationship with Adams until July 1, 2013, according to the report.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman out with a knee injury

UNLV forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. shoots against San Diego State during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.

The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.

They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.

That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.

Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me:

VIDEO: Buddy Hield is ‘all money’ on game-winning three vs. No. 24 Texas

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) takes a shot over Oklahoma State forward Chris Oliver during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
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With a little more than three minutes left on Monday night, No. 24 Texas held a 57-51 lead on No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman as Jordan Woodard struggled again and Buddy Hield failed to find the rhythm that he had throughout the first three months of the season.

At that point in the game, Hield was 4-for-14 from the floor with 15 points and four turnovers. He had just missed a pair of wide-open threes

“I couldn’t make a shot,” Hield said after the game. But that changed down the stretch. First, Hield finally got a three to drop. On the next possession, he got all the way to the rim and scored. On the following two possessions, he was fouled on a drive to the rim and hit four free throws. And after missing a pull-up jumper, Hield did this:

“I told coach I wanted the ball,” Hield said, “I saw Lammert coming to bite, so I pulled up.”

“It’s all money.”

Hield is already the favorite to win National Player of the Year, and this performance is only going to help his cause further. Think about it like this: Buddy was not good on Monday night, at least according to his (admittedly lofty) standards. But he still finished with 27 points and shook off a cold shooting night just in time to take over down the stretch.

Now think about this: Hield’s head coach has enough confidence in him to hand him the keys in the final minutes despite the fact that he’s struggling and on a team that has two other players that Lon Kruger trusts on game-winning possessions. Think about it. When Oklahoma beat West Virginia at the buzzer, it was Jordan Woodard that the play was drawn up for. When they beat LSU, it was Isaiah Cousins that got the rock on the final possession while Hield was used as a decoy. .

Want to talk about coaching luxuries?

Kruger has three guards that can shoot, penetrate and score, and penetrate and kick, and one of them is the National Player of the Year that doesn’t mind being used as a decoy.