The 6-9 Perea faces legal and university penalties after his arrest the day before IU played rival Purdue. He has missed one game, with no indication when he will be reinstated. He averages 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds as a reserve.
“I'm not going to get into his suspension,” Crean said, “but as far as his discipline, that is going on daily. The bottom line is to get him to a place where he understands what he has here. When he understands the commitment level not only physically but mentally that goes into this and really to understand that for him to take the next step as a player, that commitment level, that passion level, that seriousness about this along with his school work, which he's done very (well) with, is the most important things to his future. It's certainly the most important things for his present.”
Perea is from Columbia, but has an uncle living in the United States. Crean said the uncle flew to Bloomington meet with coaches and is nephew.
“(The uncle) flew up here to make sure we were all unified on what we wanted for him and how we were all unified on how we were going to get it. I really appreciated it on behalf of Hanner's family, because obviously he doesn't see them and we don't see them, but they're there. They're just like all of us. They love their son, they love their grandson, they love their nephew, they love their brother as we do. The bottom line is we help him get to a place where he understands what he's capable where it's not so much what you could have lost, but what you are capable of when you make the right decisions.
“That's the discipline. It's the old Lou Holtz (saying). Discipline is not something you do to someone, it's something you do for someone. I think that's living proof right now.
“He's doing all the basketball things that we do, but he's also doing some extra things. We structure his days around that and staying with the rules that we have and time frames and all of that kind of stuff. We're maxing all of that out. He's making progress and it's not anything that will be seen, where maybe we can see the progress immediately, but I have no doubt that we're working towards long-term progress for him. When I say long-term, the suspension and the discipline are two different things. That's kind of how I break that up.”