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    Default IU/Coach Crean lands top 10 recruit for 2012

    By Mike Pegram, & Inside Indiana Staff Writer

    Indiana has landed its highest ranked prospect since current NBA star Eric Gordon made the call for the Hoosiers back in 2006. That’s because Hanner Perea is ready to become a Hoosier following his weekend trip to Bloomington.

    “I decided to commit to IU,” said Perea. “I have been thinking about it the last few days and I just knew this was the place I wanted to go.”

    The 6-foot-8, 212-pound forward is the #10 ranked player in the Class of 2012. He is originally from the country of Colombia and in between time at prep schools has lived his summers in Bloomington.

    “I already know a lot about the school and I’ve been around it for a long time,” said Perea. “That helped me a lot with my decision.”

    Perea is now at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana. His trip to Bloomington this weekend was his third unofficial campus visit this fall to the university.

    “This weekend I was with Cody (Zeller) and Yogi (Ferrell), so it was a fun weekend,” said Perea.

    He said he didn’t mention to the duo during the visit that he was ready to pull the trigger today.

    “I didn’t tell them, I just did it,” said Perea. “I told Yogi I was going to do it, I just didn’t tell him when.”

    Could the other weekend visitors join him at Indiana?

    “I don’t really know but I think they will,” said Perea. “I think they like it here too. They already know what positions they are going to play.”

    He’s already begun to recruit the other 2012 prospects on the Indiana radar including Hamilton Southeastern guard Gary Harris, the #24 player in the Rivals150.

    “I called Gary and told him I committed to IU and that if we could play on the same team we could end up a great team,” said Perea. “He congratulated me and all that stuff.”

    The Colombian is known for his crowd pleasing dunks and blocked shots but he’s working hard to expand his repertoire.

    “I am working on my shot, getting into better shape, working on my dribbling skills——from here to when I get to IU, I feel I am going to get a lot better,” said Perea.

    Then he expects to continue to develop in Bloomington.

    “I know Coach (Tom) Crean is going to help me a lot,” said Perea.

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