Mosquera-Perea returns from knee injury #iubb

He missed Indiana’s last seven games with a knee injury, but Hanner Mosquera-Perea was cleared to play in Sunday’s 70-67 win over Michigan.

Mosquera-Perea, who injured his right kneecap in practice on Jan. 12, played four minutes off the bench, going scoreless with one rebound. But his return to the floor was not so much about production as it was simply having him available.

Indiana coach Tom Crean said he had a feeling on Thursday that Mosquera-Perea could be available against the Wolverines, but waited until after Saturday’s practice to make a decision. Against Michigan, Mosquera-Perea wore a black brace on his right knee.

“It would have been great to get him extended minutes, but he wasn’t ready for it,” Crean said. “He just wasn’t as fluid with it. But he’s been through it now. We’ll get a couple days of work and we’ll need him on Wednesday night and next Sunday.”

Indiana originally targeted a return date in the middle of the month against either Minnesota or Purdue. That Mosquera-Perea is already able to participate in practices, let along give Indiana minutes off the bench in games, bodes well for the Hoosiers when they face the size of the Gophers and Boilermakers in the next couple weeks.

The 6-foot-9 junior started all 16 games until suffering his injury, averaging 7.4 points and five rebounds per contest. Collin Hartman as started the eight ensuing games at the five for Indiana.

The next step for Mosquera-Perea is improving his conditioning. Crean said prior to Saturday’s practice that Mosquera-Perea had yet to participate in the team’s full-court scrimmages in practice

“He’s just got to get back in shape, got to get back in game shape,” teammate Yogi Ferrell said. “I know he played a couple stretches tonight. He’s definitely going to help us. We need that big body down there. Hanner helped us with (a) win at Nebraska. To have him back, we’re going to need him.”