High-SchoolIndiana: Hanner Perea


If you like defense, this was the game for you. No. 3 seed Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) used a pressure, trapping D to force fifth-seeded La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) into 19 turnovers en route to a 62-54 win in the opening game of the ESPNHS National High School Invitational.

Montverde, No. 12 in the POWERADE FAB 50, didn’t need much offense to win this one, but most of the Eagles’ scoring came from the backcourt of senior Michael Frazier and junior Kasey Hill. The duo combined for 35 points and consistently came up with big plays whenever La Lumiere threatened.

On the other end, Montverde’s defensive performance was staggering. The Eagles held La Lumiere to 32.3 percent shooting from the field and totally shut down the Lakers’ top offensive players. La Lumiere scored just six points in the first quarter and never recovered.

Turning Point

La Lumiere came into the NHSI ranked No. 23 in the POWERADE FAB 50 thanks in large part to the frontcourt of senior forwards Rapheal Davis, Hanner Perea and Jay Simpson. But that trio was almost completely neutralized by Montverde, combining for just 35 points (on 32 shots). Davis and Perea averaged 36.5 combined during the regular season.

Montverde senior forwards Michel Enanga, Landry Nnoko and Patricio Garino were dominant on defense. Enanga grabbed 15 rebounds, Nnoko blocked three shots and Garino played solid man-to-man defense on Davis. They set the tone from the opening tip and La Lumiere was never able to effectively run its offense.

“That was absolutely the difference in the game — they took us out of everything we wanted to do,” said La Lumiere coach Alan Huss. “Nnoko is the key to the whole thing. He’s back there protecting the rim, and even when we were able to beat the press we had trouble finishing.”

Key Players

Florida Gators fans are probably still numb after their loss in the Elite 8, but the performances of Florida recruits Michael Frazier and Kasey Hill must have made them feel a bit better. Hill, a junior point guard, scored a game-high 19 points, while Frazier, a senior shooting guard, tallied 15.

Hill shot just 6-of-21 from the floor, but he put in work at the free-throw line, hitting seven of his eight attempts. Frazier shot 5-of-14 from the field and added seven rebounds while playing tough defense.

“I just tried to play hard,” said Frazier. “My shot wasn’t falling, so I tried to contribute in other ways.”

Key Stat

Montverde Academy coach Kevin Boyle recognized that La Lumiere was lacking in quality ball-handlers, so he applied a pressure defense from the opening tip. The result was 19 turnovers for La Lumiere, which led to 15 points for MVA.

“Whenever they got close, we were able to force a couple turnovers and get easy baskets,” said Boyle.”

Up Next

Montverde Academy will take on the winner of the Ravenscroft-Montrose Christian game. Boyle is hoping for a better performance from Frazier, who was unable to practice for more than three weeks before Thursday’s game because of an illness.

“He missed some shots that he normally makes,” said Boyle of his leading scorer. “If he makes those, this is a completely different game. Hopefully he knocked the rust off and we get his normal results tomorrow.”

NHSI preview: La Lumiere

March, 22, 2012
Team: No. 6 seed La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.)
Record, FAB 50 Rank: 25-2, No. 23 (No. 4 in the Midwest)
Head Coach: Alan Huss (48-11 at La Lumiere, 109-49 career record)

Key Players:

Raphael Davis
The 6-foot-5 wing makes La Lumiere go on the perimeter. A Purdue recruit ranked No. 90 in the ESPNU 100, Davis is averaging 22.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Huss mentioned Davis as the team's rock; they struggle when he's not in the lineup. When La Lumiere needs a bucket, they look for Davis. He plays well in transition and also excels in the half court game La Lumiere prefers.

Hanner Perea
The Columbia native has improved by leaps and bounds since he first arrived at Culver Academics (Culver, Ind.) to get an American education and learn the game. Perea, ranked No. 70 in the ESPNU 100, is 6-foot-8, 220 pounds and especially tough to knock off his base defensively. His offensive skills are coming along, but he's still enough of a scoring threat to put down 14 points to go along with 11 rebounds per game. Perea's scoring numbers were 2-3 points higher two-thirds of the way through the season, but he battled nagging injuries down the stretch. The time off might be a hindrance, but a healthy Perea could be the difference if La Lumiere advances past the first game.

Antonio Drummond
This two-year starting guard is the quarterback for La Lumiere's offense. In a lineup that changed more than once during the season, this Southern Illinois recruit was the steady performer. Drummond is not the most athletic guard around, but he tends to make clutch plays when La Lumiere is in need. Averaging 13 points per game, Drummond could be the catalyst to get the Lakers over the hump in that all-important first game.

Road to NHSI:

The Lakers successfully beefed up their schedule in their quest to take the program to a national level. In early December, La Lumiere took on Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) at the Marshall County Hoopfest in Kentucky and lost 77-59. Davis wasn't 100 percent in that game. He attempted two field goals and finished with zero points.

Huss makes no excuses for the loss: "They were better than us that day, they didn't turn the ball over."

Right before Christmas the Lakers lost to Elgin (Elgin, Ill.) 40-34 after opening the game completely flat. La Lumiere fell behind 15-2, Elgin slowed the game down and the Lakers never recovered. At that point, they weren't on the FAB 50 map, but that changed when they defeated top seed Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) in their next game, 67-66.

La Lumiere hasn't lost since, ending the season with 20 consecutive wins, including victories over Farragut (Chicago) and Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.). La Lumiere's resume looks even better when you consider Findlay Prep hasn't lost since and Elgin advanced to the Illinois Class 4A sectional championship.

Inside Scoop:

La Lumiere is typical Midwest-Big Ten type basketball team. They like to grind it out inside with 6-foot-7 Jay Simpson, a Purdue recruit, and 6-foot-10 sophomore Johnathon Wilkins, the son of former NBA player Jeff Wilkins. The Lakers go eight deep, but rely heavily on Davis to score. "If we lose him, we don't score well and if he struggles we don't play well," Huss said.

The one thing consistent is La Lumiere's defense, especially on the interior with Perea. "He played well against Anthony Bennett (of Findlay Prep) and we match up well with big teams," Huss said.

La Lumiere like their chances to make an impact in this tournament if they can keep turnovers to a minimum. "When it gets to a point where you have to win three games in three days, it comes down to guts, toughness and execution. We like to think we can execute well," Huss said.

Ronnie Flores is a senior editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at ronnie.flores@espn.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @RonFloresESPN
Indiana hoops 1Stephen Hill/ESPNHSRon Patterson, Jeremy Hollowell and Yogi Ferrell (left to right) are three of the top seniors in Indiana.
This story originally appeared in the Holiday issue of ESPNHS magazine’s Indiana edition.

Indiana University pulled off a recruiting coup this year, getting commitments from four of the state’s top seniors — three of whom are ranked in the ESPNU 100. It’s a group that should form the foundation of IU coach Tom Crean’s rebuilding effort and at press time was the No. 8 class in the country according to ESPN.

When the four players realized they were all committed to the same college, they had an idea: Why not team up on the AAU circuit and find out what it’s like to play together a year early? They all play different positions and wanted to get their chemistry right before setting foot on campus, so seniors Hanner Perea, Jeremy Hollowell, Yogi Ferrell and Ron Patterson joined forces on the Indiana Elite squad and used the summer season as a preview of things to come.

The results were encouraging, as the players came together and notched some impressive wins, including a trip to the semifinals at the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas.

Meet the Indiana Class of 2012.

Yogi Ferrell
School: Park Tudor // Position: Point guard // Ht/Wt: 5-11/170
ESPNU 100: 33 // Committed to IU: Nov. 24, 2010

Ferrell on the type of player he is: “I like to think of myself as a leader on the court. I always give it 100 percent. I try to find different guys and give them the ball where they need it. I think I’m a true point guard, and I always want my teammates to be happy. I want to lead the team to victory every night, that’s the biggest thing.”

Out of the four, Ferrell and Hollowell have known each other the longest (since third grade), so here’s Hollowell’s take on Ferrell: “He’s a great player. He has that fight in him, like you know he’s never gonna give up. He’ll do whatever it takes to win. He’s a real good point guard. I think playing together over the summer really helped us, and it probably helped him the most. We got our chemistry down, and Yogi knows where to get us the ball.”

Ferrell on what he wants to accomplish at IU: “The goal is definitely to win a national title. I’ve won a state championship [Ferrell scored 14 points to help Park Tudor defeat Bishop Noll, 43-42, in last year’s 2A title game], so that’s on the list. We know we’re part of rebuilding one of the best programs in the country, and we want to get it back to that spot. We want to be a top 10 team every year, one of those programs that you know is going to be good every year. The four of us, we can accomplish that.”

Year // Points // Rebounds // Assists // Team Record
2010-11 // 18.5 // 3.1 // 6.6 // 26-2*
*Won Class 2A state championship

TV show: “Chuck” // Movie: “Love & Basketball” // Music: Lil Wayne // Sneakers: adidas // Team: Los Angeles Lakers // Athlete: Kobe Bryant

Jeremy Hollowell
School: Lawrence Central // Position: Small forward // Ht/Wt: 6-8/210
ESPNU 100: 58 // Committed to IU: March 24, 2011

Hollowell on his game: “I’m a versatile player. I can play inside and out, shoot the 3, post up — a little bit of everything. Small forward is my primary position, but I can go down to the 4, play the high post. It just depends on how the defense plays me. I’m most comfortable out on the wing.”

Ferrell on Hollowell’s personality: “Jeremy is a mellow dude, 24/7. He’s just chill, on and off the court. He’ll make a big play and just have the same mellow look. He’s always the same.”

Hollowell on why he chose IU: “My early favorite was Ohio State, but as the process went on I started hearing from different schools. Indiana really stood out to me because of how hard Coach Crean recruited me. With other schools, it was mostly the assistant coaches recruiting me, but for Coach Crean to recruit me, it seemed like he really wanted me. It’s a rebuilding program on the way up, and it looks like we can do something special there.”

Hollowell on playing Patterson’s Broad Ripple team this season: “We play Ron in February. I’m sure there’s gonna be some trash talking. Whenever we go up against each other, you gotta win to get your bragging rights. So it’s definitely gonna be a fight, that’s for sure.”

Year // Points // Rebounds // Blocks // Team Record
2010-11 // 18.9 // 7.1 // 1.4 // 15-10

TV Show: “Everybody Hates Chris” // Movie: “Friday After Next” // Sneakers: adidas & Nike // Team: Oklahoma City Thunder // Athlete: Derrick Rose

Hanner Perea
School: La Lumiere // Position: Power forward // Ht/Wt: 6-8/215
ESPNU 100: 47 // Committed to IU: Oct. 31, 2010
Stephen Hill/ESPNHSIU recruits Ron Patterson, Jeremy Hollowell, Yogi Ferrell and Hanner Perea
Hollowell on Perea’s transition to the U.S. (a native of Colombia, Perea moved to America at age 15): “He just likes hanging around with the guys. I think basketball is a real key to how he bonds with people. Coming here and being friends and hanging out, I think that was really helpful to him. And just to get a feel for how we live, that had to help. The basketball is what he’s used to.”

Perea on his style of play: “I’m still learning. The way I play is around the basket. I’m learning how to be more of a physical player, on offense and defense. Basketball is different here — much more physical. It’s not like that in Colombia, so I am trying to learn that way. I’m also trying to play more on the perimeter, improving my dribbling and shooting. But right now I am playing around the basket.”

Perea on his decision to attend IU: “I’ve been playing with Yogi on Indiana Elite for a long time — since I got here. Yogi and I did talk about it, but Jeremy and Ron did it apart. So I was kind of surprised when they said they were going, too. I was happy when I heard. It’s going to be a great opportunity to win a national championship.”

Year // Points // Rebounds // Team Record
2010-11 // 14.5 // 12.0 // 14-9

TV show: “Family Guy” // Movie: “The Blind Side” // Sneakers: adidas // Musical Artists: Lil Wayne & Drake // Team: Miami Heat // Athlete: Dwight Howard

Ron Patterson
School: Broad Ripple // Position: Shooting guard // Ht/Wt: 6-3/200
ESPNU 100: Not Ranked (No. 20 SG) // Committed to IU: Aug. 15, 2010

Patterson on his playing style: “I play hard-nosed defense, and I never take plays off. I don’t let them score on me. I want to make key stops and rebound the ball. On offense, I like to get to the hole, and I can shoot the ball, too.”

Hollowell on Patterson’s personality: “Ron and I are pretty much the same person. He just likes to play basketball. He’s pretty laid-back and cool with everything when we’re hanging out.”

Patterson on what the foursome gained from playing together this summer: “We all knew each other from the AAU circuit, but it was a good experience. Now we know each other’s tendencies and what each of us can do for the team. And I think we grew together. We’re like a family now from playing together.”

Patterson on what he thinks this group can accomplish at IU: “We want to be one of the best teams in history. I want to go to the Final Four my first year there and win a championship as a freshman. That’s what we all want to do.”

Year // Points // Rebounds // Steals // Team Record
2010-11 // 18.0 // 6.1 // 3.0 // 20-3

Movie: “He Got Game” // Sneakers: Jordans // Team: New York Knicks // Athlete: Carmelo Anthony

All-State Hoops: Indiana

November, 8, 2011
See all 51 All-State teams.

With the 2011-12 hoops season set to tip off, ESPNHS has all the info you need on the top players in Indiana.

We’ve broken down the state’s top 20 players into four teams based on their talent, and included a whole lot of other players who just missed the cut. Keep in mind, these selections are based on past accomplishments and projected on-court performance in addition to recruit rankings.

For a list of the top senior basketball recruits in Indiana, click here.

Indiana All-State Basketball

First Team

G: Yogi Ferrell, Park Tudor, 5-11/170, Senior
Rated the No. 3 point guard in the country by ESPNU.

G: Gary Harris, Hamilton SE, 6-4/200, Senior
Two-sport star was also an All-State first team selection for football.

F: Jeremy Hollowell, Lawrence Central, 6-8/210, Senior
Versatile swingman can play either forward spot.

F: Hanner Perea, La Lumiere, 6-8/215, Senior
One of the best dunkers in the country; best to stay out of his way.

F: Glenn Robinson III, Lake Central, 6-6/185, Senior
Premier scorer is heading to Michigan next year.

Second Team

G: James Blackmon Jr., Bishop Luers, 6-2/175, Sophomore
Scored more than 20 points per game as a freshman.

G: Rapheal Davis, La Lumiere, 6-5/200, Senior
Transferred from South Side over the summer.

G: Ronnie Johnson, North Central, 5-10/160, Senior
Posted 13.5 points and 5.0 assists per game last year.

F: Devin Davis, Warren Central, 6-6/200, Junior
Could play multiple positions this season; a real matchup nightmare.

F: Tre Lyles, Arsenal Tech, 6-7/200, Sophomore
Physical power forward has pledged to Indiana.

Third Team

G: Kellen Dunham, Pendleton Heights, 6-4/170, Senior
Butler recruit can hit from long range (43 percent on 3’s last year).

G: Ron Patterson, Broad Ripple, 6-3/200, Senior
Athletic wing is one of Indy’s top defenders.

G: Bryson Scott, FW Northrop, 6-0/175, Junior
Natural scorer has already committed to Purdue.

F: Collin Hartman, Cathedral, 6-6/200, Junior
Looking to improve on last year’s 14.3 points, 7.9 rebounds per game.

F: DeJuan Marrero, Bowman Academy, 6-6/195, Senior
Used quickness inside to ring up 24 points, 17 rebounds per game.

Fourth Team

G: V.J. Beachem, FW Harding, 6-6/180, Junior
Notre Dame commit averaged 19 points per game last year.

G: Zak Irvin, Hamilton SE, 6-5/180, Junior
Will team with Gary Harris to form top wing duo.

G: Basil Smotherman, Lawrence North, 6-4/180, Junior
Scored 13.9 last year while hitting 52 percent of his 3-pointers.

F: Austin Burgett, Avon, 6-9/200, Senior
Skilled big man has committed to Notre Dame.

F: Tyler Wideman, Lake Central, 6-7/240, Sophomore
Skilled big man has committed to Notre Dame.

Other Top Players

Obij Aget, La Lumiere, C, Sr.
Tyler Alderman, Fishers, C, Sr.
D.J. Balentine, Kokomo, G, Sr.
Ronnye Beamon, Bishop Noll, G, Sr.
Jacobby Bledsoe, Hamilton SE, G, Sr.
Trevon Bluiett, Park Tudor, F, So.
Bo Calhoun, SB Washington, F, Sr.
Tyler Corley, Lawrence Central, G, Sr.
Jared Drew, Cathedral, F, Sr.
Richard Freeman, Lawrence Central, F, Jr.
Lucas Grose, Warsaw, F, Sr.
Eron Harris, Lawrence North, G, Sr.
Austin Hatch, FW Canterbury, F, Jr.
R. J. Hunter, Pike, G, Sr.
Patrick Ingram, North Central, G, Sr.
Demetrius Jackson, Marian, G, Jr.
Milos Kostic, Bishop Noll, C, Jr.
Darius Latham, North Central, F, Jr.
Jaquan Lyle, Evansville Bosse, G, So.
Matt O’Leary, Terre Haute North, F, Sr.
Nick Osborne, Muncie Central, F, Sr.
Taylor Rainey, New Palestine, G, Sr.
Mike Ramey, Southport, F, Sr.
Elijay Ray, Bowman Academy, F, Sr.
Joe Reed, Center Grove, F, Sr.
Kendall Rollins, Pike, F, Jr.
Brenton Scott, FW Northrop, G, Jr.
Edward Seay, Merrillville, F, Sr.
Jay Simpson, La Lumiere, F, Sr.
Anthony Swanigan, Pike, F, Sr.
Kellon Thomas, Southport, G, Sr.
Zavier Turner, Pike, G, Jr.