Hanner Perea is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Hoosiers. He has been the type of recruit they have needed to bolster their curb appeal to the rest of the high school nation.
It was a decision that came a little quicker than most were expecting. Most analysts were projecting him to make his decision during the spring singing period, instead he didn't want to wait any longer.
"The more I thought about it, I just couldn't come up with any reasons to delay it any longer,'' Perea said. "I think I can help get Indiana basketball back to where people expect it to be.''
The athletic 6'8", 220lb power forward is ranked No. 10 in the 2012 recruiting class by rivals.com. The Hoosier nation is hoping this commitment leads to a plethora of other highly-touted recruits.
Some of those recruits in the 2012 class they hope will follow his footsteps are Yogi Ferrell and Gary Harris. Both are really good friends with Perea. Ferrell is the No. 17 ranked recruit, and Harris is No. 24 in the nation.
Perea attended the open scrimmage at Assembly Hall on Friday Oct. 29. With him were fellow recruits, Ferrell and highly-coveted Cody Zeller. Zeller is a 6'10" senior, ranked No. 20 in the 2011 class. He plans on making his decision at the end of this week.
There are mixed feelings on where he will be headed. Some are confident he will be a Hoosier, others say he will be a Tar Heel, then an occasional Bulldog gets the nod. All three teams will be sitting at the edge of their couch waiting to hear his decision. With Perea already committing and staying in constant contact with Zeller, the future may get a little brighter for the Hoosiers this weekend.
With all the possibilities looming in the distance, all a fan can do is sit back, hope and wait for a decision that could shape the future of their program.
So for all those Hoosier faithful out there, let's hope that Perea's decision has opened the flood gates for more top-tiered recruits to join the tradition that is Indiana Hoosier's basketball.