The NCAA on Friday upheld the nine-game suspension of Indiana freshmen Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea for taking impermissible benefits from a university booster.
The nine-game suspensions were levied on Nov. 6 after the NCAA determined they received impermissible benefits from Mark Adams, a coach with the adidas-sponsored Indiana Elite AAU squad and a booster by the NCAA’s definition.
Jurkin was found to have accepted approximately $6,000 in benefits and Mosquera-Perea accepted approximately $8,000. Jurkin must repay $250 of those benefits to “a charity of his choice” and Mosquera-Perea must repay around $1,590 to charity.
The duo has already missed five games — all Hoosier wins — and will be eligible to play on Dec. 15 at Butler.
The NCAA report says Indiana has suspended its relationship with the booster (Adams) until July 1, 2013.
Mosquera-Perea, out of La Lumiere School in Indiana by way of Colombia, was considered the better of the two prospects coming into this season, but Jurkin arguably has the bigger upside.
A three-star recruit, Jurkin played for former NBA point guard Muggsy Bogues at United Faith Christian Academy in North Carolina as a senior as part of a four-year career. He came to the United States from South Sudan as an adolescent.
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