Mosquera-Perea: 'I feel more comfortable'

Hanner Mosquera-Perea will have to play a lot of minutes for Indiana this year. Is he ready for the bigger role?

It's been talked about all offseason, so much so that it's the first thing people say when they mention Indiana basketball.

They have great guards, but are so thin up front.

If the Hoosiers are to rebound after a disappointing 2013-14 campaign and make it back to the NCAA Tournament, they will need junior forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea to play, and play well. Mosquera-Perea is one of Indiana's only returning players on the front line.

There's no doubt Mosquera-Perea has the physical tools to be a factor. At 6-foot-9 and muscular, he looks the part of a Big Ten center. But through two seasons in Bloomington, he's been wildly inconsistent on both ends and has been susceptible to foul trouble.

This offseason, Mosquera-Perea missed Indiana's foreign trip to Montreal due to visa-related issues. But he's confident he'll emerge from this offseason as a much-improved player, one that can help the Hoosiers get back to March Madness.

"I feel more comfortable playing - I'm not worrying about a lot of things, I'm not thinking about too much - I've just been going out there and playing and being with my team," Mosquera-Perea told IUHoosiers.com in an interview posted Sunday. "I'll be thinking about [filling the void inside] a lot, I've always thought about that. Right now what I have to do is just keep getting better and do whatever I can to help the team the best I can to get where we need to get."

Can Mosquera-Perea provide the production inside that the Hoosiers need this season? Personally, I don't think "production" means a bunch of points. If he can simply play solid defense, protect the paint, and rebound well, the Hoosiers will have success. If he can't, Tom Crean will have to go to Devin Davis and other young players to fill that role.


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