Following a Thursday night exhibition victory over Indiana Wesleyan, Indiana head coach Tom Crean addressed the ongoing status of freshmen Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea.
“What I can say about that is that we go through a lot in a program,” Creant told Inside the Hall. “There’s situations that are always going to arise and every one of them has got a process to it. And we’re in the middle of that process. We just are. That’s the extent of it. They’re two great kids that are trying to get better every day and it’s not like it’s anything that we’re dealing with that just came up. It’s been a process for some time. And that’s really where we’re at with it.”
During the exhibition, Jurkin played 11 minutes and scored four points in the team’s victory. Mosquera-Perea did not enter the game as he is still recovering from a foot injury.
We know the depth of the Hoosiers’ lineup runs deep and with expectations of a national championship on their radar in 2013, the impact of these two freshmen still holds implications moving forward.
After fellow Indiana-signee Ron Patterson was deemed ineligible at the university, the team’s most heralded in class in recent memory took a hit. The uncertain eligibility statuses involving Jurkin and Mosquera-Perea are only adding to that.
The fact that Jurkin played in the team’s exhibition likely means that he has received amateur certification, as the same could also be applying to Mosquera-Perea. Full clearance by the NCAA is what they are searching for, however.
Indiana opens up the season on Nov. 9 against Bryant.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse