Spring Scouting: Collin Hartman

Inside the Hall continues its series of scouting notes from the spring AAU circuit today with 2013 Indiana commitment Collin Hartman.

(PreviouslyJames Blackmon Jr.Trey LylesMark DonnalJaquan LyleHanner Perea, Devin Davis Jr.)

After watching the 2013 Cathedral and Eric Gordon All-Stars forward at a variety of events this spring, here are our thoughts on the 6-foot-7, 200-pound Hartman:

– Versatility: Hartman is a player with the ability to contribute to almost every area of the game. His solid ball-handling ability allows him to bring the ball up the floor and play a point forward type role in certain situations. Offensively, Hartman can score down low against undersized defenders. He’s also a smart passer who can attack the defense off the bounce and find teammates on the move for open shots. Hartman is also a solid rebounder who isn’t afraid to mix it up down low against bigger, stronger opponents.

– Shooting ability: Hartman is a respectable shooter from deep — though streaky at times — who can stretch the defense with his ability to knock down shots past the 3-point line. He moves well off screens and works hard to get open shots on the perimeter. One weapon that Hartman could add to his shooting arsenal is the ability to hit the pull-up, mid-range jumper which would make him more difficult to defend.

– Aggressiveness: A weakness of Hartman’s has been his unselfishness. The rising junior is a good passer and willing distributor, but sometimes his deferring to others can be to his own detriment. He has the ability to score and make a big impact on games offensively, but he has a tendency to not be aggressive enough on offense. If Hartman can have an attacking mentality and look to score more often, he’ll become a more productive and consistent player.

– Hartman on his role in AAU: “Just mix it up. Spot up when they (his teammates) drive or cut. Try to attack when I get the ball, rebound, play some defense and be vocal.”

Watch our complete spring video collection of Hartman after the jump …

  • Anonymous

    this kid is only going to get better and better

  • Anonymous

    this kid is only going to get better and better

  • Anonymous

    this kid is only going to get better and better

  • Anonymous

    this kid is only going to get better and better

  • Anonymous

    this kid is only going to get better and better

  • Anonymous

    One of my favorite things about our recruits is how many of them are incredibly versatile on offense.  We’re not getting guys that are strictly shooters, drivers, etc. (for the most part).  Getting interchangeable parts (most of whom are around 6’5) is very appealing to me – feels like the old quote about how the future of (NBA) basketball is 5 Magic Johnson’s, tall and skilled guys who can do everything.  

  • http://www.twitter.com/GBuc12 BaseballBuc

    Am I crazy to say he reminds me of Gordon Hayward? Although he isn’t the shooter that Gordon is. Yet.

  • Anonymous

    I watched him play once and he was that way as well.  When the game was getting toward the end and it was still close, he played a huge part in putting the game away with rebounds, buckets, passes and a little defense.  The team they were playing was physical but not a great amount of talent, although they played well together.  But up until that point, Hartman was not a huge contributor, and certainly didn’t stand out.  He did play pretty hard.  I think he may play better in a little more of a team atmosphere, but I do like his frame and his game overall.

  • Casey B.

    Could just be that he’s a sophomore in high school and still has a lot to learn.

  • Luke72

    Since the temptation to compare previous IU greats, how about a very young Randy Whitman.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Luke:

    I’ve never seen him live but after watching the videos, Whitman was the first former player to come to mind.  I would take that in a heartbeat.

  • Anonymous

    I can kind of see the Hayward thing. Along with the shooting not quite matching up, I’d say his athleticism isn’t where Hayward’s was either, although it’s obviously hard to tell from these videos, and Hartman still has two years of high school too; it’s not like I know how athletic Hayward was as a HS sophomore.

    But the ability, at 6-7, to attack the basket as well as he shows in a few spots, was the most impressive thing I saw.  And Hayward definitely did that.

  • Anonymous

    Having watched Collin play, I too walked away wondering if he had ever really “turned it on”.  The talent is for sure there and he will be more than capable at the next level.  That said, however, I see a lot of upside.  He is a smart and determined kid.  Once he gets on campus and joins the Hoosiers I don’t foresee any problem with effort / tenacity (or Crean probably wouldn’t let him see the floor).

    He has a great all-around game.  A tremendously smooth stroke.  Good-sized body.  Capable athleticism. 

    I don’t know that he will be a huge star but has the potential to be a great role player.  I think he is the type that plays much better with better players around him to free him up for his shot, which he is capable of burying.  Given his capabilities, size and intelligence I think he is a potential sleeper in this class and a solid pickup.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    VJ Beachem

  • http://www.twitter.com/GBuc12 BaseballBuc

    Hayward was a major late bloomer and Butler was really the only school that recruited him. I think Hartman has a huge upside much like Hayward did. I think the fact that Purdue used comparing him to Robbie Hummel as a recruiting plug is telling. I also actually think that he is underrated athletically. I doubt he will ever be a lottery pick but I agree with you. He could have a special career if he keeps developing all aspects of his game.

  • N71

    Randy is another good one.  My memory was that Randy was more specialized as a shooter where Hartman though can just as well move to the interior on offense and has a long wingspan for blocking shots.  Randy was probably a better shooter, particularly in the clutch.  It’s been a few years though since I’ve seen Randy play.

  • N71

    Randy is another good one.  My memory was that Randy was more specialized as a shooter where Hartman though can just as well move to the interior on offense and has a long wingspan for blocking shots.  Randy was probably a better shooter, particularly in the clutch.  It’s been a few years though since I’ve seen Randy play.

  • N71

    Randy is another good one.  My memory was that Randy was more specialized as a shooter where Hartman though can just as well move to the interior on offense and has a long wingspan for blocking shots.  Randy was probably a better shooter, particularly in the clutch.  It’s been a few years though since I’ve seen Randy play.

  • N71

    Randy is another good one.  My memory was that Randy was more specialized as a shooter where Hartman though can just as well move to the interior on offense and has a long wingspan for blocking shots.  Randy was probably a better shooter, particularly in the clutch.  It’s been a few years though since I’ve seen Randy play.

  • Anonymous

    Totally agree.  I think he thrives on a true team and is dangerous because of his unselfish play and ability to do a number of things offensively.  I thought he played extemely smart as well, didn’t make a lot of mistakes, even in the run-n-gun style of AAU ball.

  • http://www.prinsportsblog.com BGleas

    That’s kind of how OSU was last year and even the year before between Diebler, Lighty, Buford, Turner etc. A bunch of 6-5 to 6-8 guys that can all handle, shoot, and get to the rim. As much as I can’t stand OSU, those guys were really impressive as a unit the last few years. 

  • Anonymous

    Good comparison.  I always felt OSU’s biggest advantages was their height.  And it wasn’t just at one or two positions; it seemed like they were taller than their opponents at every position.  This usually makes for a very formidable defense.

  • http://www.prinsportsblog.com BGleas

    And their guys could play almost any position 1-4, then you had Sullinger at the 5. They have just been so long, athletic and versatile the last few year, yet also skilled. I think that’s what CTC is trying to do at IU to a certain extent. 

  • http://www.prinsportsblog.com BGleas

    And their guys could play almost any position 1-4, then you had Sullinger at the 5. They have just been so long, athletic and versatile the last few year, yet also skilled. I think that’s what CTC is trying to do at IU to a certain extent. 

  • http://www.prinsportsblog.com BGleas

    And their guys could play almost any position 1-4, then you had Sullinger at the 5. They have just been so long, athletic and versatile the last few year, yet also skilled. I think that’s what CTC is trying to do at IU to a certain extent. 

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