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.
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 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.”