The Mosquera-Perea dilemma

Hanner Mosquera-Perea’s defensive liabilities were apparent in Monday’s game against Eastern Washington, and his ineffectiveness on that end of the floor raises a difficult question for Indiana coach Tom Crean.

Does Crean allow Mosquera-Perea to stay on the court and work through his issues and mistakes? Or does he pull him from the game and go with a smaller approach?

Crean chose the latter.

“When he’s really playing hard, like down in front of the ball, hands are up, not indecisive on is he going to try to get in position?” Crean said. “Is he going to try to leave his feet? There’s a level of engagement that Hanner has when he’s really, really moving and not overthinking, and then there’s a little bit less than that when he’s unsure, and he’s got to go through that. So does he need court time to do that? Absolutely. But there were times when the game was moving really fast inside of that the other night for him. And especially in the switching.”

Mosquera-Perea logged only 14 minutes against the Eagles, starting strong before fading midway through the first half. The 6-foot-9 Colombia native has played 114 minutes through the first five games of his junior year after receiving a combined 338 minutes of action over his first two seasons.

Mosquera-Perea has only five rebounds over his last three games and will get to work tonight against 6-foot-8 UNC Greensboro center RJ White, who leads the Spartans with 16.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest. Crean said he needs Mosquera-Perea to have a presence around the basket and remember to use his 7-6 wingspan for good.

For the year, Mosquera-Perea is averaging 7.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per game.

“He’s hard to deal with when he gets down in that stance and he’s playing with that length, but we’ve got to get him more and more consistent,” Crean said. “But the number one thing for him has been his consistency and improvement. Comparing him to where Cody (Zeller) would be or comparing him to where Noah (Vonleh) would be, that wouldn’t be fair to anybody. But having him continue to get to the level of consistency that he needs to be at, we’re well on our way to it, and he came back (Tuesday) and was outstanding, as was Emmitt (Holt). We’ve got to get more.”


  1. Mosquera-Perea’s dilemma is that he chose to play for a “coach” who has not been able to develop him into a serviceable player despite his super natural athletic abilitiy.

  2. Hanner probably has half the history with basketball that the average Hoosier kid has. He grew up in Colombia playing soccer until he just got too tall and probably did not take up basketball until he was 9 or 10. Even so, the basketball he did play until he came to the US and the players he played against was far short of what we would call ‘serious basketball’. Colombia is not considered a ‘major’ basketball power within South America. He, then, moved to the US and played, largely relying on his height.

    For hanner Perea, picking up a ball with his foot probably felt more natural than with his hands. I remember one story her, when as a freshman one of the players used to simply play catch with Hanner, a gesture he appreciated…a lot.

    It’s simply a matter of touches and a matter of ‘doing’. Basketball can not be explained to Hanner. Hus muscle memory needs to be taught…by repetition. For Hanner, sitting on the bench is a complete waste of time. If an average kid needs a million minutes to develop a skill in college, Hanner needs three million minutes to teach his hands and feet the same skill. He’s simply making up for lost time. The bench can teach him very little.

    Muscle memory. Whoever coaches Hanner Mosquera-Perea should write that on Hanner’s forehead so he (the person teaching HMP) imprints what Hanner needs in his own head. Like the man said, it’s not rocket science. It’s not…its worse. It’s teaching muscles to develop a memory.

  3. I generally agree with Coachv’s take on the dilemma. Just trying to add a context to the dilemma and to the point coachv is making.

    (By the way, I wrote a post here- in the Scoop- about one year ago anticipating the problem Hanner would face. I hope someone is willing to give Hanner the three million touches. The payoff may make this state- not to mention HMP- very, very happy.

    His teachers have a responsibility to teach him.

  4. I could be wrong, but I think it was Derek Elston playing baseball “catch” with Peter Jurkin…..

    Hanner is Crean’s fourth A-Hope project…(.Bawa Maniru, Tijan Jobe, Peter Jurkin, Hanner Perea)…Three did not turn into legit college basketball players…One is still trying. .It was an arrangement with Adams and it tied Crean closely into the AAU ball team(Indiana Elite) that would bring Cody & Co. It also had a lot to do with selling Christianity to these young men from Africa, South America, etc. .It helped them take to Crean….But we should really cut to the chase…Mark Adams got his job at IU(video coordinator job that would open the door to something later with Alford)…Crean used the connections to get favorable with Cody and the wave of in-state recruits that were being billed as putting IU back on the elite stage..(Cody, Ferrell, Hollowell, and others that would, hopefully, follow the lead of Cody well)…Crean had to recruit the A-Hope projects to maintain the working relationship with Indiana Elite and get to the skilled Indiana players he was truly needing to save his butt…( a butt that can’t coach).

    These young men got their education…That’s a good thing. Did it need to be done via IU Basketball? Did it cost us true non-projects that could have made teams with Zeller, Vonleh, far more dangerous? Did it cause Fischer to leave rather than watch his minutes go to a very questionable project on a very slow development basketball curve? Did it cause other big men to not be thoroughly challenged in practice….How do you get better in practice when you’re playing against such poor defenders with such raw understanding, anticipation, and movement.

  5. oops…The last couple sentences above need question marks at the end..

    Isiah Thomas

    Elston played catch with Peter Jurkin.

    I like train rides and smoking cigars with my Scoop buddies.

    Chet now lives in the mountains.

    Geoff no longer thinks Crean is a good coach.

    Yale grads love Scoop.

    JPat quote: “I’m sticking with Crean until I can stick no more”….(Oddly, the same thing he said about the porta-potty at a Hoosiers @ Illini game).

    Jeremy is uses gel products galore.

  6. Alford hired Drew Adams after he was done serving with Crean. ….Mark Adams( A-Hope/Indiana Elite) is the father of Drew.

  7. one more correction harv. it’s maniru bawa. not bawa maniru. like the team manager kid, another name rev crean never bothered to learn

  8. Coach’s Comments- “Bawa has worked really hard this off season and has shown improvement. He is a defensive presence with his size and athleticism. We will need him to be a good post defender and rebounder.”

    Interesting…Usually coaches refer to their own players by their first name and opposing by their last.

    And look at this post from Sept. 2006…..And this news story discussing “Bawa” at Madison Academy(03/07/2006).. He must have been very gracious to let so many people get it wrong.

    But we’re drifting off-topic. Pumping the Bible into hands was the mission. America was a trip on the wings of the chosen faith… There’s a ton of money to be shaved off all those checks. And then there is the power-playing that came with those that ran A-Hope hand-in-hand with Indiana Elite. If you wanted the top choir boys(Cody & Co.), the projects were part of the deal. Obviously, whether Maniru Bawa or Bawa Maniru, it didn’t matter to a young man coming to America…I’m sure he would have been just as happy to grab a scholarship to run track. But tying A-Hope “projects” to local/homegrown/Indiana star recruits provided far greater power for those pushing the Christian doctrines. To turn away from that dominant faith purpose that brought these young men across oceans would create quite the turnoff to a young man so equally determined to go where commonality in faith becomes the utmost and primary importance. Cody and all those tied to Adams came to Crean’s IU to wear the Christian Stripes…It had very little to do with the hunger to win championships for Indiana. Indiana would also be secondary….

    Such a flip-flip for Indiana….Basketball was once more than any god in this state…It was almost a betrayal of faith to put anything else before hoops.. Our faith was in the beauty of flawed creatures becoming something heavenly together on the court…Religion was born from that humble and undaunted drive to take such love and precision to the hardwoods of McCracken ….Religion could never be brought to that stage because we put aside all differences except that ultimate goal to honor the game and all the varied unique traditions so blessedly part of Indiana basketball.

    Classmate Mahsa Behbahari says Bawa is eager to introduce the family.

    “He’s real excited to introduce us to his family and show us where he grew up,” she says.

    Other students such as Haley Hargett says going to Ghana is a huge leap of faith.

    “I’ve done a lot of mission trips with churches, but I’ve never done anything this extreme,” Harley adds.

    And Bawa hopes that leap of faith will teach them another valuable lesson.

    “When they go and they compare Africa to America, they can see how God has blessed them to be in America…to be born in a place like America, is a big blessing,” Bawa says.

    One way you can help out Madison Academy is by simply donating money.

    Easy Read version Bibles will be passed out while doing the mission work in Ghana.

    You can make checks payable to:

    Madison Academy

    325 Slaughter Road

    Madison, AL 35758

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