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Eyeing IU


Crean on the No. 2 class in the nation

Tom Crean had a chance to break down the Hoosiers recruiting class, ranked No. 2 nationally by, on Thursday.

"We believe this is a class that has an opportunity to develop into a very special group," Crean said. "They are dynamic competitors who bring explosiveness and energy immediately to the program. It will be exciting to help them develop and mesh over time."

Guard Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell is ranked No. 17 overall according to

"Yogi is a great floor leader who has the ability to make others better and get his own shot," Crean said of the 5-foot-11 Park Tudor product. "He has outstanding quickness, court vision and has great range and can drive with the best of them. More than anything, he is a proven year-round winner. His change of speed and his change of direction are unique for his age."

Forward Jeremy Hollowell (6-8) is ranked No. 48 overall by

"Jeremy is an extremely versatile player who can score in a variety of ways. He can catch and shoot, take you off the dribble or post you up," Crean said. "He can matchup up defensively with a multitude of players and will give us a number of options when he is on the floor. He loves to be in the gym and his feel for the game is special."

Center Peter Jurkin (6-11) is a three-star recruit, according to

"Peter can be a game-changer with his length defensively and he has great timing, which is essential for someone who blocks shots," Crean said. "His offense is continuing to evolve, and he can play with his back to the basket and is getting more and more comfortable stepping out on the floor to shoot the ball. His progress has been somewhat stalled due to injury, but the potential is there for him to take a big jump this year."

Forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (6-8) is ranked No. 16 overall by

"Hanner is one of the premiere athletes in the nation and his explosiveness is off the charts," Crean said. "His offensive game is continuing to develop and he is a strong rebounder who also can intimidate with his length on the defensive end. His work ethic is allowing him to become an effective inside/outside player. He plays with an edge that will be very welcome to the program."

Ron Patterson (6-3) is rated the 27th best shooting guard and No. 131 overall by

"Ron is a high-energy, defensive-minded player who also can really score. He can stretch the defense and beat you off the dribble," Crean said. "He has a plus-12 wingspan, which gives him a tremendous advantage when it comes to his ability to defense a number of positions. He is working hard to build his range, and we feel he will be a very good shooter as well as scorer."