The Indiana University basketball program announced today that it would be dismissing sophomore forward Devin Davis and Senior forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea from the program.
The dismissal of the two forwards who were expected to be important role players for the Hoosiers next season stems from a situation on Monday, when Davis was cited for possession of marijuana when a complaint was issued at an on-campus residence hall. Mosquera-Perea was also present at the incident, although no charges were filed against him.
Brent Yarina, of BTN.com posted the programs official statement to Twitter:
“Indiana Men’s Basketball announces that sophomore Devin Davis and Senior Hanner Mosquera-Perea have been dismissed from the program immediately for not living up to their responsibilities to the program.”
This was not the first time either one of these players had been caught taking part in illegal extra curricular activities. Mosquera-Perea was suspended indefinitely the season before last when he was arrested for DWI.
Davis was struck by a car operated by teammate Emmitt Holt in November that resulted in a brain injury, sidelining Davis for the remainder of the season.
While neither of these players was expected to play a crucial role in the upcoming season, the loss of two experience role players will be a detriment to any team. Last season before being struck by a car, Davis was the team’s leading rebounder in preseason and early season games. Mosquera-Perea averaged 3.5 points and 2.7 rebounds a game off the bench, and was virtually the only sizeable presence the team had in the frontcourt.
Depth will be a concern for the Hoosiers in the upcoming season, but with several highly touted recruits coming in such as four star forward Thomas Bryant from Huntington Prep and four star forward Juwan Morgan of Waynesville, MO, Tom Crean will just have to get these young potential stars into the game early in the season.
Five Star big man Thon Maker of Canada’s Athletic Institute recently cut his list of schools down to four, one of which is Indiana. With Kentucky, Arizona State and Kansas on that list, Tom Crean will have some tough competition in landing the big men. The suspension of Davis and Mosquera-Perea leave the previously over signed Hoosiers with a scholarship to offer.
When one door closes, another one opens.
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