Davis, Mosquera-Perea dismissed from program

Indiana released Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Devin Davis from the program on Thursday after their latest off-court incident.

Indiana released rising senior Hanner Mosquera-Perea and rising junior Devin Davis from the basketball program on Thursday following their latest off-court incident on Monday.

Davis was cited by IUPD after police were called to a dorm room and found marijuana in Davis' backpack. Mosquera-Perea was with Davis at the time, but was not cited by police.

That incident proved to be the last straw for Tom Crean and his staff. The off-court incidents boiled over on Nov. 1, 2014 when Davis was struck by a car driven by teammate Emmitt Holt, leaving Davis in the ICU with a traumatic brain injury. Davis, an Indianapolis native and Warren Central graduate, missed the entire 2014-15 season and was expected to return to the court next year.

Indiana released a statement regarding the incident. It reads: "Indiana Men's Basketball announces that sophomore Devin Davis and senior Hanner Mosquera-Perea have been dismissed from the program effective immediately for not living up to their responsibilities to the program."

Ryan Owens, Davis' high school AAU coach with the Eric Gordon All-Stars, was disappointed to hear to news, but he says Davis will recover from this.

"Anybody who ever has spent one minute with Devin Davis knows he's a beautiful loving person," Owens told AllHoosiers.com. "I don't know the details of the incident. However, I know Devin is a good person. Good people make mistakes too. We all have. He can babysit my kids tomorrow without any hesitation. He will be ok, he has a strong support group around him. He will learn from this and be better in the end.

"It's tough, but he's a warrior on and off the court. His mother and father will guide him through this. They are a very spiritual family that will be ok."

Mosquera-Perea's past was even more checkered. The inconsistent forward from Columbia was arrested last February when he was driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Mosquera-Perea was charged with OWI-Endangerment, but was suspended only two games for his actions.

The endless off-court incidents have given a proud program a black eye, and it's good to see Crean take such a strong stand in his actions this time. The Indiana coach has tried to be forgiving in the past, but his players clearly have not learned from their wrongdoing, and he needed to punish them sternly this time.

Indiana's Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson were also suspended four games last year for multiple failed drug tests, and Yogi Ferrell and Robinson were arrested in April 2014 for underage consumption of alcohol and possession of fake IDs. They attempted to get into Kilroy's Sports Bar during Little 500 week.


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