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Indiana Hoosiers: Indiana's Fantastic Four Freshmen

Aaron Siegal-EismanFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2012

Indiana Hoosiers: Indiana's Fantastic Four Freshmen

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    The 2012 recruiting class for the Indiana Hoosiers was one of their best ever.

    The class ranked No. 5 in the country, according to Rivals.com.

    The main reason for this was because the Hoosiers received commitments from three of the top-50 players of the class, which included PG Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell (ranked No. 19), SF Jeremy Hollowell (No. 41) and PF Hanner Mosquera-Perea (No. 43).

    SG Ron Patterson, Rivals.com's No. 143-ranked prospect, was ruled ineligible for the Hoosiers due to grades. 

    Now, Patterson will graduate in 2013 at the Brewster Academy and has received offers from Xavier, SMU, Villanova and Kansas State.

    The fourth and final member of this year's freshmen class is 7'0" center Peter Jurkin (wearing No. 42), who might not have an immediate impact on the court like the other three freshmen, but who is a project in the making.

    Even with the loss of Patterson, these four freshmen will have different roles in trying to help head coach Tom Crean and the rest of the Hoosiers in their pursuit of a national title.  

PG Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell

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    PG Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell was the top recruit of the 2012 class for the Hoosiers.

    According to Rivals.com, Yogi was ranked the No. 2 PG in the country and No. 3 by ESPN and Scout.com.

    He possibly could've been ranked higher in the class, but he stands at only 5'11".  

    The skills he brings to the court that helped him earn a spot in the 2012 McDonald's All-American Game are his quickness on the court, his ability to attack the rim, his defensive presence against guards, and his ability to run a team like a typical point guard.

    Hoosiers senior guard Jordan Hulls has been the starting point guard for the team the last three years, but with Ferrell coming in, that role could change.

    Yogi could take over as the starting point guard, giving Hulls the starting shooting guard spot. 

    These roles would work out best because Ferrell is a better overall point guard and Hulls is a great shooter (50.4% percent from the field last year), and is also a deadly three-point sniper.

SF Jeremy Hollowell

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    SF Jeremy Hollowell won't start for the Hoosiers, but he will earn a lot of minutes off the bench in his first year. 

    Ranked as the No. 10 small forward according to ESPN, Hollowell can shoot from all over the court and rebounds really well.

    Hollowell reminds a lot of people of current Indiana small forward Christian Watford, because both are lengthy players that can make shots from mid-to-long range.

    Watford most likely will be Hollowell's predecessor to the small forward position once Watford graduates and tries to make it to the NBA.

    Don't expect to see Hollowell start this year, but he will probably average at least 12 to 15 minutes off the bench and will be another versatile player in Crean's arsenal.  

PF Hanner Mosquera-Perea

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    PF Hanner Mosquera-Perea will challenge Hoosiers guard Victor Oladipo as the most athletic player on the roster immediately.

    Mosquera-Perea's athleticism is out of this world, which helps his ability to defend on the floor.

    I see Mosquera-Perea as a poor man's Dwight Howard because of his athletic ability and his long wingspan—both of which should really help the Hoosiers out.

    It might not happen this year, but in years to come he will be one of the most electrifying dunkers in all of college basketball.

    Mosquera-Perea won't receive a lot of playing time in the beginning of the year due to off-season injuries, but he will make an impact in Big Ten conference play.

C Peter Jurkin

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    Jurkin is the weakest member of the freshmen class, mainly because he is a project and will take time to develop. 

    The good news with growing Jurkin's game is that he has pre-season All-American Cody Zeller to help him out. 

    The other good news is that he will be better than former Hoosier centers like Tom Pritchard, Tijan Jobe and Bawa Muniru.

    Jurkin is a work in progress, but he could get to the level of being a solid Big Ten center by his junior year.

    Jurkin will receive a little more playing time in non-conference play because of the injury to forward Derek Elston.  

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