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Dismissed Indiana forward headed to East Tennessee State

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Just over two weeks after he was dismissed from the Indiana basketball program, forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea has found a new school.

Mosquera-Perea will complete his eligibility at East Tennessee State, sitting out the 2015-16 season before having one year to play in 2016-17 for new head coach Steve Forbes. News of Mosquera-Perea’s transfer was first reported by ESPN.com, and he’s expected to enroll in summer session classes next week.

Mosquera-Perea averaged 6.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 19.4 minutes per game in 2014-15, starting 22 of the 26 games in which he played. However his time in Bloomington came to an end May 14, as head coach Tom Crean announced that both Mosquera-Perea and forward Devin Davis were dismissed from the program for “not living up to their responsibilities to the program.”

Davis was cited for marijuana possession a few days prior to the dismissal, with Mosquera-Perea present in the dorm room at the time but not cited by authorities.

Mosquera-Perea is the second former Indiana player to join the ETSU program, with 7-footer Peter Jurkin doing so prior to the 2014-15 season. Jurkin, who sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules, will be a redshirt junior in 2015-16. When Mosquera-Perea becomes eligible to play, the Buccaneers will also have junior college transfer Nigel Holley and 6-foot-10 Karl Overstreet in their interior rotation.

The 6-foot-10 Overstreet, who completed his prep career at Hargrave Military Academy, redshirted in 2014-15.

Indiana announces dismissal of Devin Davis, Hanner Mosquera-Perea from program

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Just a couple days after it was announced that forward Devin Davis was suspended indefinitely , both he and rising senior forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea have been dismissed from the Indiana basketball program. The decision was announced via press release Thursday afternoon.

“Indiana Men’s Basketball announces that sophomore Devin Davis and senior Hanner Mosquera-Perea have been dismissed from the program effective immediately for not living up to their responsibilities to the program,” per the school.

Davis was cited for marijuana possession earlier this week, thus triggering his suspension from the team by head coach Tom Crean. While Mosquera-Perea was present when Davis was cited, he was not given a citation himself. Davis’ dismissal caps a sophomore year that did not go as planned for him.

During the preseason Davis was hit by a car driven by teammate Emmitt Holt, and as a result of the injuries he did not play at all for the Hoosiers in 2014-15. As for Mosquera-Perea, he averaged 6.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per game last season, starting 22 of the 26 games in which he played. Mosquera-Perea was also cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated in February 2014.

Indiana had some off-court issues to deal with last offseason, with Troy Williams and former Hoosier Stanford Robinson both being suspended for multiple games at the start of the season for their issues and Robinson and Yogi Ferrell being cited for underage drinking last April.

Those situations combined with the Hoosiers being a disappointment in 2013-14 led to some turning the heat up on head coach Tom Crean during the summer prior to last season, one in which Indiana won 20 games and reached the NCAA tournament.

Unlike last season Indiana has more depth, especially in the front court thanks to the return of Williams and the addition of forwards Thomas Bryant, O.G. Anunoby and Juwan Morgan.

Indiana’s Hanner Mosquera-Perea throws down one of the best tip dunks of the year (VIDEO)

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Indiana junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea skied for a tip dunk during the first half of Saturday’s Big Ten game against Michigan State. The left-handed flush was one of the best tip slams we’ve seen this season and game commentator Dan Dakich remarked that Mosquera-Perea had the, “best dunk I’ve ever seen at Assembly Hall.”


Reports: Indiana loses starting center to a knee injury for 2-4 weeks

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Indiana’s already-razor thin front court took a major hit on Monday, as Hanner Mosquera-Perea suffered a kneecap injury that could keep him out of the lineup for 2-to-4 weeks, the school has confirmed.

“There is no question this is a blow to Hanner and definitely a blow to our team,” said head coach Tom Crean.  “He does a lot for us.  The important thing right now is Hanner’s recovery and rehabilitation. He has made a lot of strides this season and we are disappointed for him, but expect him to come back stronger than ever.”

Perea is averaging 7.4 points, 5.0 boards and 1.6 blocks as Indiana’s starting center, but in the last two games he’s managed just a total of 18 minutes due to issues with fouls. He’s the third-leading rebounder on the Hoosiers despite being just one of two true low-post players in the front court.

That lack of size up front has caused Indiana to play small-ball this season, and Perea’s recent struggles have led to many lineups where 6-foot-6 wing Troy Williams is the biggest player on the floor.

“With Hanner out, we will need everyone ready to do a little more,” added Crean.  “We need to continue our focus on rebounding, defense and all the little things it takes to be successful.  We are not a team where you define a player by his position.  We will have five basketball players out there who understand that our court awareness has to be at an all-time high.  I expect our players will be up for the challenge.”

In Perea’s absence, freshman Emmitt Holt is expected to start. Holt is averaging 5.0 points and 3.3 boards in 12.3 minutes this season. Expect to see Colin Hartman, who is 6-foot-8 but is known as a shooter, to see increased minutes as well.

If Perea is only out for two weeks, he’d likely miss games against Penn State, Maryland, Illinois and Ohio State, the latter two on the road.

Two newcomers, seldom-used big man lead Indiana to exhibition win (VIDEO)

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To say that this week has been a rough one for Indiana basketball would be a major understatement. With three players suspended for their off-court transgressions and a fourth, Devin Davis, still in the hospital after being hit by a car driven by teammate Emmitt Holt (one of the three suspended players) head coach Tom Crean has come under fire.

Thursday night the Hoosiers played their lone exhibition game, and in the 94-70 win over Northwood three players who either had a limited role or did not play for the team last season stood out.

Freshman James Blackmon Jr. scored 26 points and Illinois State transfer Nick Zeisloft added 24 to lead the way offensively, with the two combining to grab 13 rebounds (seven for Blackmon, six for Zeisloft) and shoot 20-for-20 from the foul line. In junior Yogi Ferrell (16 points, six assists) the Hoosiers have one of the most talented point guards in the Big Ten if not the country, and the more help he can get the better for a team looking to rebound from a disappointing 2013-14 campaign.

However it must be noted that neither talent nor depth was seen as a problem amongst Indiana’s perimeter options when assessing their prospects for the upcoming season. The biggest question marks, prior to their rash of off-court problems, was the front court with the suspended Troy Williams being Indiana’s most productive front court returnee.

That’s what makes the play of Hanner Mosquera-Perea the most important takeaway from Thursday night.

The junior accounted for ten points and 12 rebounds in 33 minutes of action, and while these stats won’t carry over into the regular season they represent his most productive night as a Hoosier. Mosquera-Perea was aggressive during his time on the floor, doing a good job in pick and roll situations and taking care of business on the glass.

Mosquera-Perea scored eight points on two separate occasions last season, with the second coming in a home win over Ohio State (eight points, five rebounds in 15 minutes). Given Indiana’s lack of proven interior options he’s going to be on the court a lot more in 2014-15, so he has to be productive.

Regardless of the level of opposition, if Thursday’s performance can give Mosquera-Perea added confidence that would be a good thing for Crean’s Hoosiers. Above are highlights from the game, courtesy of Indiana Athletics.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea agrees to plea deal in OWI case

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Indiana forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea pled guilty to one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated on Thursday, according to court documents obtained by Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star.

As part of the plea deal, Mosquera-Perea will be on probation for a year, is required to serve 50 hours of community service and has his license suspended for 90 days. The agreement also included a 60-day suspended jail sentence.

Mosquera-Perea was arrested in the early hours of Feb. 14, charged with OWI and operating with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or greater, which are both misdemeanors in the state of Indiana.

Indiana head coach Tom Crean later suspended him indefinitely. The 6-foot-9 Mosquera-Perea missed two games — Feb. 15 at Purdue and Feb. 22 at Northwestern — before returning to the lineup.

In 29 games, he averaged 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Entering his junior season, Mosquera-Perea will be lone returner to the Hoosiers’ interior, playing alongside newcomers ceners Jeremiah April and Tim Priller, stretch forward Max Hoetzel and Emmitt Holt, who committed to the program on Aug. 20.