Snapshot: It’s Hanner Time

It was a career-high 13 points for Hanner Mosquera-Perea that got most people’s attention on Sunday at Rutgers, but how he got them, what else he can do and what he needs to not do all factor into this week’s latest breakdowns.

(1) We’ll start with Perea doing what he does most offensively, set a screen. This time it’s a ballscreen for Robert Johnson. Perea establishes a wide base and gets in position to square up Johnson’s defender, Myles Mack.
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Johnson is able to turn the corner, while Perea rolls toward the basket with his man — Greg Lewis (35) trying to help up on Johnson as Yogi Ferrell’s defender, Junior Etou, tries to make sure Perea is covered.
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The result is a wide-open look at a 3 for Yogi, who converts to continue his streak at 59 straight games with a made 3-pointer.
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(2) If there’s one area where Perea still has work to do, it’s in finding the right time to help defensively and go for a blocked shot and when to stay home. On this occasion, Myles Mack is trying to drive on Robert Johnson with Perea in perfect help position in the middle of the lane.
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Mack gets to the baseline before Johnson is able to wall up and cut him off, but Perea gives help anyway and tries to block a shot he has little chance of getting into, leaving the rim unprotected, although teammate James Blackmon Jr. is also serving as a mere observer instead of rotating to help with the blockout of Greg Lewis (35).
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Lewis is able to run unimpeded to the ball and dunks the follow shot home, leaving both Perea’s ill-timed help and Blackmon’s lack thereof to shoulder the blame.
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(3) It’s screen time again for Perea, this one on the ball for Yogi Ferrell.
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Perea then slips the screen and rolls, leaving his man flat-footed as he came to help on Yogi, who quickly fires a lob pass toward the basket.
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Perea absorbs a bump in the back and makes a clean catch, dunking home the ball for a three-point play opportunity, which he converts and giving Indiana the lead for good in the game.
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(4) One more screen for Perea, this one off the ball for Robert Johnson on a curl.
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Johnson drives the ball hard around the help of Rutgers’ Shaq Doorson, but nobody bothers to put a body on Perea, who has a free run through the lane.
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Johnson’s scoop shot is off the mark, but Perea runs in and snatches the ball out of the air, still with plenty of time to come down, gather himself and put the ball back in the basket.
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(5) No more screens. We’re back to the defensive end of the floor, and Yogi Ferrell has gotten switched on to Greg Lewis, while Perea is guarding Junior Etou. Rutgers smartly goes over Ferrell to Lewis in the post.
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But Perea moves over to help and cut off Lewis’ path to the basket, even though that leaves Etou open in the opposite corner, a gamble the Hoosiers’ were willing to make on a player shooting less than 31 percent from 3.
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Lewis doesn’t give the ball up and spins to the middle of the lane, forcing a contest jump hook over Perea that falls short of the basket and lets Indiana break the other way.
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