FORT WAYNE – Indiana will be without sophomore forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea for the foreseeable future.
Coach Tom Crean announced on his Twitter account the indefinite suspension of the 21-year-old Friday night after Mosquera-Perea was charged with two Class A misdemeanors after a drunken-driving arrest Friday morning.
IU (14-10, 4-7 Big Ten) plays Purdue (14-10, 4-7) at 4 p.m. today.
Crean wrote in five separate posts: I had a chance to speak with Hanner before we left for Purdue. The first things I told him were that we loved him and wanted to support him. Hanner has let his family, loved ones and our program down and he knows that with choices come consequences. The law will handle some as will we. He will not be with us at Purdue and we will continue to work with him on a daily basis and will be withheld from competition indefinitely.
We are disappointed in him but also disappointed for him. He knows he made some terrible choices which have turned into big mistakes.
Mosquera-Perea was stopped at 3:11 a.m. Friday after an officer observed him driving erratically, according to Monroe County jail records. He was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Mosquera-Perea was charged with operating while intoxicated with endangerment and operating with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or higher.
Mosquera-Perea has averaged 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 8 minutes in 24 games this season, playing behind freshman Noah Vonleh.
Jeff Howard, Devin Davis and Jeremy Hollowell are possible candidates to absorb the few minutes played by Mosquera-Perea.
Howard has averaged 5.8 minutes in 17 games, and Davis has averaged 8.5 minutes in 21 games.
Hollowell is averaging 6.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in 19.7 minutes.
Bottom line is everybody’s got to be ready to step up going into a situation where they impact the team, Crean said Friday morning. The bottom line is at 4 o’clock tomorrow, we have to be ready to play no matter what.