With each game this season we'll put the spotlight on an Indiana player that we believe is someone to keep an eye on for that particular game.
For the fourth game of the season today against Stony Brook, we'll spotlight IU sophomore forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea.
Based on his freshman season, Mosquera-Perea was a player that most Indiana fans weren't expecting a lot out of this season. But three games in, Perea is showing that he has come a long way. And against a Stony Brook team today that doesn't start a player over 6-8, having an athletic big man to come in off the bench and get some minutes should be a plus for Indiana. Three games in, Perea is 4.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. He is coming off his career high in points with eight Friday night against Samford. He has played 13, 11 and 14 minutes in the three games to date.
Indiana coach Tom Crean continues to talk about Perea in glowing terms. He said he has been one of IU's most improved players since the end of last year. "What you're seeing is what we always think is such a different maker , especially with your forwards, and that's your short space quickness,'' Crean said. "He is getting so much better. He's getting smarter. He's getting more confident. When I say smarter, he has a better understanding of the game.'' Crean said he wants Perea to be "a demanding presence.'' Said Crean: "It starts with the presence before it starts with the verbal part,'' Crean said. "But we want those demands to be strong. When he's demanding the ball with his body, when he's demanding the ball with his actions and playing with that kind of aggressiveness and confidence, everybody gets excited about that.''
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