AmeriCup brought Hanner Mosquera back home
MEDELLIN (FIBA AmeriCup 2017) - After eight years out of his country, hoop star Hanner Mosquera returned to his native Colombia just in time to be a part of Colombian basketball history.
Intent on developing his game, Mosquera made the decision to go to the United States to build his basketball career. After waiting for a long time, his country’s fans will have the opportunity to witness him playing for the National Team; something that, no matter the result, will make Colombian history.
After a career in United States college basketball, Mosquera came back to his country for the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 round that is taking place in Medellin.
“This occasion is very special for me. It's the first time I'm representing my country, and I like that a lot. I also have the chance to see my family and represent them here. It’s very important for me,” said Mosquera, who was born in the municipality of Istmina.
The 24-year old and 6’9” Center arrived at his native land on Wednesday, and the excitement was more than evident at the José María Córdova Airport. Mosquera was received by the embrace of his parents —Luz Amanda Perea and Hamilton Mosquera—. They couldn’t hide their tears of emotion brought by their son's arrival. Since then, they have spent together every free moment they can.
“We've talked about things we've missed: our family, the city, our friends. They haven't seen me play much basketball. For me, it's very important that they see me play,” said Mosquera, who recently ended his college career with East Tennessee State.
At his last college season, Mosquera averaged 8.3 points (shot 58% from the field) and 4.7 rebounds. His first three collegiate years were with the renowned Indiana University, a team he lead with 33 blocks during his third year.
Because he’s been out of his country since his teenage years, Colombia hasn’t had the chance to see him play. Mosquera explained his game and what he expects to bring to the National Team.
“Rest assured that I will do everything I can to help the team win: rebounds, points, defense... everything that must be done,” Mosquera pointed out. He's currently considering professional offers in Europe and the NBA G-League.
With regards to the AmeriCup, Mosquera wishes to be a part of a Colombian side that make history and press their rivals to play hard. His objective is to leave no room for doubt about Colombia’s drive in the tournament.
“We want to show everyone that we can do it, that we have a good team and good players,” Mosquera concluded.