Mosquera-Perea to transfer to East Tennessee State

Former Indiana forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea has chosen a new home.

Mosquera-Perea will transfer to East Tennessee State, his former AAU coach Mark Adams told The Herald-Times on Sunday, reuniting with friend and former teammate Peter Jurkin. The 6-foot-9 native of Colombia will have to sit out next season, but has one year of eligibility remaining.

Mosquera-Perea started 22 of the 26 games he played for IU as a junior during the 2015 season, averaging 6.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported the news first.

Mosquera-Perea, along with forward Devin Davis, was dismissed from Indiana’s team two weeks ago after an incident at a Hickory Hall dorm room on May 11. Indiana University Police responded to a complaint of marijuana smoke and, when they arrived at the room, officers found marijuana in a backpack belonging to Davis. The two players were let go from the program two days later.

Jurkin, an injury-plagued center who left Indiana last June, picked East Tennessee State in August. They’ll both play under coach Steve Forbes, who was hired in March after a two-year run as an assistant at Wichita State.

“He and I both knew coach Forbes,” Adams said in a text message, “and we both really like him.”

20 comments

  1. Well I must say Hanner was consistently an underachiever and a disappointment! I wish him well in the future but I will not have to worry about being disappointed in his play this year as he will be gone! He just never seemed to really play hard, and he seemed to get lost and not show up for periods of time? With his God given athletic skills he should have been a shot blocking and rebounding machine! He can go to Tennessee State and disappoint them next year! He sure let a great opportunity slip though his fingers. My opinion?

  2. ETSU has this strange basketball facility. It’s cavernous. It only seats about 8,000 but it used to also be used for football before the team was discontinued. They have some big track events there as well. Just a big ‘ol empty dome of a place.

  3. HMP will go down as one of the most underwhelming players in IU history. Sad story when you consider his potential. Hopefully he figures things out at his next stop. Kinda glad we won’t have to watch him fail to meet expectations again.

  4. If we would have recruited solid established talent from Indiana instead of Crean being forced into a corner to sign A-HOPE players to get at the rest of Indiana Elite, we would have likely had some trips to the Final Four. Let’s not make this only about Hanner. Hanner did more than the other three by light years. All the A-HOPE recruits, not just Hanner, took Indiana Basketball into missions that had nothing to do with winning championships. Adams contributed to destroying the momentum of IU Basketball by shackling Crean to players like Jobe, Jurkin, Bawa, and Perea in order to remain in favor with the rest of his AAU investments in talent. There is more to this than we’ll ever know. It’s probably the primary reason Crean has failed and the primary reason he should go. He doesn’t have enough power based in his coaching ability to wear big boy pants with those coaches and AAU leaders that manipulate him. “Tijan forever” turned IU Basketball into Final Fours never.

  5. Add to the A-HOPE debacles(Jobe, Jurkin, Bawa, Perea) the wasted efforts spent on other acts of desperation for post/inside play(Guy-Marc Michel, Priller, April), the transfer of Fischer, the premature leaving of Vonleh, and it’s more than obvious the number of wasted attempts to establish depth, experience, and reliability to our inside play. At my count, that’s 7 inside players that have been a complete bust…plus 2 more that left the candy stripes likely disgusted with the depth, personal development, and hope of legit and complimentary forces in the post.

    Devin Davis’s tragic accident and further off-the-court issues created more shortages. But, in actuality, it’s all the other acts of desperation, and the arrangements that tied Crean to bow to Adams and A-HOPE projects, that took our inside game into truly inferior models ill-equipped and unprepared for the level a conference like the Big 10.

    Maybe Bryant will be the next Cody savior….amongst the sea of our inside game acts of desperation and recruiting failures.

  6. CTC needs to retain a big inside type player for 3 years to actually show he can use a tall inside force within his offensive schemes and demonstrate he and coaching staff can actually develop a big man. By develop I mean to be able to use a variety of inside post moves,with and without the basketball. As good as Vonleh and Zeller were, IMHO those two never got any better from when they first arrived in Bloomington. I’ve been a proponent of a running sweeping,classic hook shot. for years. No one ever demonstrated that shot until last season when, lo and behold, Troy Williams, used it to GREAT effect. I’d like to see a true big man use it for IU. You seldom see IU bigs use up and under moves. I realize that the game today is a faster paced game utilizing more guard and forward play. Its my belief that in order to win championships you need a consistent presence on the low block on offense and defense. Uwe Blab was horrible when he first got to IU. But when he developed 2-3 moves near the basket he became a decent post player. I think in recent years IU has had a few guys more athletic than Blab and yet they never developed inside post moves. Heck, Daryl Thomas in the mid 80s had decent moves. These things can be taught and I hope IU and CTC begin doing it. Plus, getting the ball inside to a low block player will free up Williams, Blackmon and Yogi to do what they do.

  7. Wolfer- Excellent post. Maybe the numbers spoke differently for Cody, but I also agree that there just wasn’t much improvement in the post play. He lunged at the basket more in his sophomore season than as a freshman. He looked absolute horrible against Syracuse and swarming type defenses. A phenomenal player with oodles of potential that hit a fast ceiling under Crean.. Maybe in the total scheme of things, Jeremiah April is lucky to get out of Crean’s system early.

    All that being said, Holt and Bryant together will give some hope. Holt has some very natural post moves and skills around the basket…The question will be in the tenacity and heart at the defensive end.

  8. Won’t disagree with your posts, gentlemen. But I will add that you could argue Hanner made significant strides in three years at IU. Not near as much as we’d hoped or expected, but you could definitely see where the lightbulb was starting to flicker on (if you were inclined to look for it)– at least on the court. At times last year, his awareness, assertiveness, and overall production looked like it was finally starting to catch up with his athleticism. Then it would disappear for long stretches. Contrast that with his freshman year where he looked lost virtually all the time, save for a few flashy, opportunistic plays. How much of that is on Hanner, and how much is on his coaches and teammates?

  9. Sorry, that didn’t come out I as initially intended. I should’ve just led off with “good posts, gentlemen,” and left it at that. Can’t rightfully say I won’t disagree, then turn right around and basically disagree… at least in part…

  10. Side rant: this blog is a microcosm of my professional life. I’ve become increasingly frustrated with my role in what is essentially middle management. Whether your jobs deals in human lives, pure profit, or something in between,when you’re in a position such as mine your work life is 50% supervisor, 50% subordinate, 50% diplomat, 50% contrarian, and 90% office politician. On a good day, I’m 33% productive in what I feel my job should actually be. But I’m 10% empowered to affect that. Navigating those roles is a constant challenge. And just when you think you’re getting good at, a Harvard comes out of the bullpen with a nasty slider.

    Sometimes you want to charge the mound. But most times all you can do is shake your head, tip your cap, head back to the dugout, and grab your glove. Then give them a handshake after the game and play again tomorrow.

  11. Punjab-

    Are you sure you weren’t seeing that “New Generation” halo hanging over Hanner’s head and not a light bulb? Just kidding…There were flashes of improvement…even flashes of something I would call finesse. He just didn’t have the presence that evolves in young men that have the game pass through a natural instinct as something an ease found in a escape to an only safe outlet a city kid found on few calm corners of familiar streets and favorite playgrounds a pick-up game. There are parts the game that can be taught and parts that are nearly inseparable from the soul with the streets and sounds molded to the rhythm and a dance of youth where strength and happiness found an early home. But I digress……I thoroughly enjoy your thoughts, Punjab. Thoroughly enjoy your honesty.

    Classy comments from Geoff. (unlike my usual distructive rants).

  12. Thanks, Harv, but (playing the contrarian role, here,) you said it: Hanner doesn’t have the “natural instinct.” Cody and Noah did, and they stayed a grand total of three years before bolting for the pros. (Won’t speculate on their motives…) The others, save for Hanner, were complete reaches. Lottery tickets, if you will, and Crean was hoping their Powerball number would come up. Some of it was out of desperation, some of it was out of luxury. But how many of them left with much less fanfare than they came in with? Their numbers just never came up. Hanner is the outlier. The one with measurable, tangible potential (other than size) that Crean couldn’t come close to fully tapping. But if he didn’t have natural instinct, how much if that lies in a coach’s ability to develop? Does that make Hanner– in retrospect– a Powerball ticket as well?

  13. Interested in everybody’s thoughts on Biefeldt now that Hoiberg (damn, I hope I spelled those correctly) is five-and-done to the NBA. When I read Max was holding off on his decision last week, my immediate thoughts were he was leaning towards ISU, and then backstroked his way back into to neutral territory. He eliminated DePaul, so it seems he doesn’t just want to try and be The Man somewhere on some team not likely to go very far just so he can impress scouts. (Suggests he has a realistic sense of self, the world, and where his priorities are…a definite plus!)

    How much of ISU’s recent success is due to Hoiberg’s coaching? Can his Xs and Os be replaced? His demeanor? The faith his players had in him and his system? His mere presence? Or was it just recruiting?

    If it’s just his recruiting, they’ll be alright. At least this year. But if he’s really that great of a coach, how much does his departure weigh on the team’s outlook for this year?

    I think the recent developments tilt in IU’s favor. Won’t be surprised either way, but if I were in Max’s shoes, and I knew I was destined for a backup role (however prominent) for one year only, I’d pick the team that had the highest ceiling with the least question marks. Amazingly enough, IU is he team with the least turbulence once again. My guess is he’ll be in the stripes very soon.

  14. Blue chip players, (even not that good of players as in B’s case) are not knocking the doors down or tripping over there show laces to come to IU to play bb like they should be. IU is struggling in this area. Chance to play at IU should be a no brainer for this caliber recruit but it seems like in this situation and others it to many times is….and the blue chips when has one of them been really excited tripping over his shoe laces to come to IU since maybe Zeller. Bryant maybe not tripping over his shoe laces but he did make a decision with some excitement. Then, of course you have all the projects taken in by coaching staff that were homeless just looking for what they considered to be a big time program because other big time programs knew better to lead IU to where it has gotten to; not much of anywhere. Talking about 2015-2016 season being a season on the brink and an extended brink at that.

  15. T, my turbulence comment was a direct reference to Bryant, who was apparently headed to Syracuse before all their turmoil. Not saying he’s unhappy to be here, and we’re certainly happy to have him… but all things being equal, stability usually wins out. Amazingly enough– with all the talking heads and the Crean-on-the-hot-seat publicity nationwide– we’ve twice now appeared to be the steadier ship recently. Not sure what that says, but maybe it says enough.

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