Q & A: 2013 commit Collin Hartman

  • 11/21/2010 7:34 pm in

It was a busy day in the IU basketball recruiting world as the Hoosiers picked up commitments from 2013 forwards Collin Hartman and Devin Davis Jr.

Inside the Hall caught up with the 6-6, 190-pound Hartman, a sophomore at Indianapolis Cathedral, for a Q & A on Sunday evening shortly after his commitment to the Hoosiers:

On what spurred his decision to commit early to Indiana:

“Actually, for two or three weeks I’ve been thinking about it. Thinking about all of the possibilities, ups and downs. And the more I thought about it, the more IU kept coming back. There’s nothing I don’t like about IU. Everything’s good. They are enthusiastic about what they do. The fans are in it, great fanbase. And everybody’s just like a huge family there. I’m a family guy. That’s what I want in a college. Being close to the coaches, being close with the players and having the fans want to be close with you.”

On the decision to tell his mother, Melissa, to stop the car on their way home so he could go back to Bloomington and commit:

“We got about 10 or 15 minutes down the road and I was like, ‘Mom, we’ve gotta turn around. I’ve got to commit. It’s right. It’s just a gut feeling.’ So I called my uncle, because he’s like a father figure to me, and I called him to see if there was any reason that he could find to think about not going to IU. Because I told him that I thought about it. But we couldn’t find any. So I was like, ‘alright, let’s go for it’ and we went and finalized it.”

On Tom Crean’s reaction:

“(Laughs) He was pretty speechless, very happy. Just hugs all around and a lot of smiles.”

On the impact of Cody Zeller’s commitment to IU on his decision:

“I didn’t follow it that much, but it definitely had an effect because Cody Zeller is a great basketball player and could have gone almost anywhere in the nation he wanted to obviously. But for him to have that faith in committing to a place that is going nowhere but up and just seeing that trust in the program and the trust in the coaches, because me and him are both family guys, and seeing him do that just really helped me with my confidence and saying, ‘yeah, we can all do this.'”

On his relationship with his future teammate, Warren Central’s Devin Davis Jr:

“Me and him are really good friends. We’ve been playing against each other since fourth grade. It’s just going to be great. We know each other pretty well. He’s a great player. Very athletic. He can anything he wants on the court. But he’s just a good kid off the court, fun to hang around with and all that stuff.”

(Photo credit: IndyStar.com)

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  • And we owe a lot of it to Austin Etherington… Crean needs to make him a grad assistant in 5 years.

  • “Robbie Hummel as off-court mentor” … dude, how did Crean get this kid?!!!

  • Those cases had been in the pipeline for a while (esp. Kanter), but you have to think that freeing up the manpower from those cases couldn’t hurt to speed things along.

  • I remember what you’re talking about and I think it was supposedly a verbal commitment from Jeremiah Davis.

  • Ha ha, eeeeaaasy… they’ve got a few grad students that are worth their salt. 🙂

  • Can I request a limerick after Yogi commits and a haiku after we get Harris?

  • Anonymous

    Remember when the sum of our roster was Kyle Taber and Brett Finkelmeier?

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Great Poem and I’m still LOL.

    If we get Yogi and Harris as PhD says” we will expect another writing
    on the wall
    to be placed in the hall
    for all to see
    that we all believed
    in coach Tom Crean
    to lead the team
    back to the Glory Days of ole IU.

  • MikeinNC

    Amazing. Props to Crean and his staff along with the Cooks for creating an environment like this. How often do you see a program with the record we’ve had the past two years locking up this kind of recruiting class. How great it will be to see IU back where it belongs with a team filled with home grown kids. If Crean proves to be as good a developer of talent and game coach as he is a recruiter, the sky is the limit.

  • nice..he can go left, got a decent handle, quick release, nice peneatration and dish – looks a lot like robbie hummel to me….thanks for the link

  • nice..he can go left, got a decent handle, quick release, nice peneatration and dish – looks a lot like robbie hummel to me….thanks for the link

  • Dtfree

    Do either one of these guys have a few more inches to grow? Any news on the Guy situation?

  • millzy32

    I agree with you about the present time but 1984 to 1999 weren’t exactly a picnic for us Colts fans either.

  • millzy32

    Trevon Blueitt (not sure about my spelling) but Trevon Kelin Harris works. Once we get them all you can go as “Just Kelin” or maybe “King Kelin” since IU would have everything we ever wanted as far as recruits and all that would be left is to go out and win some games.

  • millzy32

    I hope a Singler type or a Hayward type.

  • millzy32

    For some reason 9 seems to be the number. If that is the case then 5 more for Guy before he can play and that would mean no KY game. I hope he can come back before that but some resolution would be nice no matter how long it is.

  • millzy32

    It was allegedly JD and he is now at Cincinnati and thank goodness because he would have actually cost us a scholarship for the 12′ class that we can use on someone much more talented. Oh how the times have changed.

  • millzy32

    Or that guy up in Iowas who I even forgot his name.

  • Anonymous

    of course!

  • Would be shocked if Davis and Hartman don’t end up as Top 50 recruits. And both certainly could be higher. Top 50 is a conservative estimate.

  • Plane1972

    How about Kelin Kong?

  • Anonymous

    Hahahahaha this has us so happy we r righting poems about it so i’m gonna give it a try

    we were once battered and beaten down
    then was time for Tom Creans era in btown
    we suffered some l’s on the way
    but the light was bright at the end of this hallway
    we kept pushin and hulls and creek continued swooshin’
    we r now 4-0
    and with the recruits coming in our opponents are thinkin oh no!
    ladies and gents i’d like to welcome you to the iubb show

    haha wow that might have been too much

  • IUGRADUATE

    The following is a part of interview with Hartman
    (source: http://indiana.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1156029)

    “I think if you have this chance you should take it……You don’t want to miss this, you don’t want to miss this chance. It is going to be really big, I don’t know how to explain it. There’s going to be nothing else like it.”

    Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I was just thinking about Moses this weekend when a Georgetown clip came on ESPN. I thought about checking the box score to see if he even did anything in that game. I’m glad he decided against coming. Now we have kids who absolutely “LOVE” IU and understand the passion you must have to wear the Cream and Crimson. We are on to bigger and better players now. Banner 6 is only a few years away. GO HOOSIERS!

  • Anonymous

    I was just thinking about Moses this weekend when a Georgetown clip came on ESPN. I thought about checking the box score to see if he even did anything in that game. I’m glad he decided against coming. Now we have kids who absolutely “LOVE” IU and understand the passion you must have to wear the Cream and Crimson. We are on to bigger and better players now. Banner 6 is only a few years away. GO HOOSIERS!

  • HoosierFromCT

    how about class of 2016 led by some 5’11 kid who can DUNK already. His name is Eron Gordon. Let me say (or type) that again: His name is Eron GORDON.

  • RJG

    Obviously, present company excused. I see you as a missionary spreading the good word to the heathens.

  • Anonymous

    It will be great to watch these kids and this program grow to the top the right way!

  • I get a lot of double-takes up here when I refer to IU as “us” and “we” and PU as “they” and “you guys.” I was a member of a Facebook group (back when Facebook was college students only) that was called “Secret IU fans of Purdue” or something like that … I think we had 65 members or something (I wasn’t responsible for any converts).

  • Coltdoggs

    Zak Irvin from HSE who is also 2013 would be a nice addition to IU…also happens to be Harris’ teammate at HSE.