Perea becomes first to sign

La Lumiere power forward Hanner Perea became the first member of Indiana’s vaunted Class of 2012 to put pen to paper on Wednesday morning, making his commitment official just over a year after deciding on Indiana.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pounder is the No. 16 rated player in the class according to He has of course, played AAU ball with the other four players who are expected to sign with the Hoosiers today, and said they are all excited to make it official.

“We know each other pretty well,” Perea said. “We talked about going to IU and playing together. Now knowing that it’s official now we’re going there for sure, it makes it even better.”

Perea said he’s spent the fall working on the same things he’s been working on for the last two years — his jump shot and floor game.

“I’ve been working on my jump shot and my dribble,” Perea said. “Taking my time with the basketball and my post moves. Everything’s going to get better.”


  1. Yes!!! To say that I look forward to the day when IU starts putting the hurt on various teams whose fans have had some sport with our difficulties the last few years is a tremendous understatement. This class is the linchpin in that process. Welcome Mr. Pera and let’s get some more signed LOIs into Bloomington!!!

  2. Right now, somewhere in a Cook Hall or Assembly Hall office there is someone feverishly writing out an order for a truckload of rims and all the while wondering if that is going to be enough.

  3. Welcome Hanner! I have a feeling you may win the next slam dunk contest at Hoosier Hysteria. We look forward to you and the movement playing for the Hoosiers next season.

  4. another terrific defensive player!! does anyone get the impression that crean has decided to give this whole defense thing a try?? watford might score 16 a game but how many does he give up? verell? patern? yes! once this kids offensive game comes around look out!! throw back to the calbert chaney glen robinson days!!

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  6. uggghh geoff chaney great defender good offensive player. glen robinson great defender good offensive player. both forwards. hanner parrera great defender good offensive player. clarion every time i post you got a follow up. do i know you? are you stable? should i be concerned?
    sorry i dont feel the need to spell check on the hoosier scoop. get a life moron. your the only iu guy i know that on a big signing day you just want to crack on a fellow hoosier fan.

  7. geoff also they are two of my favorite players. i know we arent supposed to like purdue players but loved his d. you just dont see kids commited to d like that anymore. from what i underestand this kid is!!

  8. I figured you were as much in the dark as the rest of us as to what is patern. I crack less on you than you do Coach Crean.

  9. There is absolutely no longer any question or doubt about Tom Crean’s ability to recruit. You may not like his coaching style, but give the man credit. He is one great recruiter!

    Just stop and think about his ability to get the best young talent to sign with IU in spite of the recent history. These kids don’t remember IU’s glory days or Knights three championships. Given IU’s record over the last three years, this is an amazing accomplishment.

    Ironically, this success in recruiting will increase the pressure on Crean to win. His coaching ability will be scrutinized to the extreme as expectations rise. His floor management and ability to get talented athletes to play together will be under a microscope.. Beginning in November, 2012, he’ll be out of excuses regarding talent and will have to produce a lot of wins.

    But Crean is one heck of a recruiter!

  10. If you have any remote connection to the great hoops history of this basketball state, you know of the “glory days” of Bob Knight. Most of these kids had fathers and mothers from those days that likely told bedtime stories of the great teams IU’s past when we once dominated the conference year after year. They may be bigger fans and students of those times than a stuffy old blogger on Scoop that claims more a slobbering adulation today than anything they exhibited long ago. Who knows…? Many the so-called experts on Knight may have rarely attended a college basketball game when they were students during their heyday in Bloomington.

    I will wait to evaluate these kids once they play a few college games. I don’t put a lot of stock in what recruiting sites claim in terms of ranked classes. Patterson, Dawson, and McGary are three exceptionally talented basketball players from Indiana that didn’t come to play for Tom Crean..or Stevens..or Painter. Without Zeller, I don’t think we have this 2012 class. I think Cody Zeller likely knows way more about Bob Knight than the last ten twitter entries his current coach.

  11. Old, but not stuffy, and not prone to slobbering yet. Attended my first IU BB game years before Assembly Hall was built and attended every IU BB game played in Bloomington or Indy (and too many away games to count) for six years, between November 1976 and March, 1982. Have had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with RMK on several social occasions (memorable experiences, he was fun and engaging). While I’m sure thousands match my fervency about IU, I doubt any exceed it. Respect Knight for his many accomplishments, clean program and his quiet charity, but certainly took issue with his behavior at times.

    I hope the state’s young BB players have a great appreciation for the history of IU basketball. If so, it bodes well for the Hoosier’s future success. But having said that, the last ten years have given Indiana’s most talented HS BB players plenty of excuses to play elsewhere. Credit to Crean for turning that around. Time will tell how talented the class of 2012 is, but based on what we have to go on right now, they appear to be the most talented group to commit to IU in a long, long time.

    I hope the state’s young BB players have a great appreciation for the history of IU basketball. If so, it bodes well for the Hoosier’s future success. But having said that, the last ten years have given Indiana’s most talented HS BB players plenty of excuses to play elsewher

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