That’s A Wrap: Collin Hartman

  • 03/26/2014 10:18 am in

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Collin Hartman.

Hartman (16 games): 0.7 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 45.5% FG, 50.0% FT in 4.5 minutes per game.

Well before the 2013-2014 season began, on Oct. 2, Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke at his annual State of the Hoosier Nation event and addressed what he wanted out of each player.

When he stopped at freshman Collin Hartman, one of six (at the time) on scholarship, the Hoosiers’ head coach said Hartman would be a guy they “need to make shots.”

“We need him to be a ball-mover, a body-mover; a guy that can space and knock down shots,” he said.

Nearly six months later, the season has ended. Hartman took just 11 shots and saw 72 minutes of action in only 16 games. So, what happened?

Early in the season, when Indiana lacked any additional scorers to complement sophomore Yogi Ferrell, Hartman was given a chance to come in and solidify a spot in the Hoosiers’ rotation.

He played in a sixth-man role in Indiana’s early games against Samford and Stony Brook, scoring a season-high five points against the Bulldogs by going 2-for-3 from the field. Crean liked the way Hartman brought energy from the bench. But the following game, he went 0-for-2 against the Seawolves in 12 minutes of action.

After that, Hartman would rarely see the court — playing just 16 total minutes in Big Ten action.

Indiana needed shooters, and Hartman still didn’t play. Perhaps he wasn’t aggressive enough when he had his opportunities on a team that needed it. Perhaps he wasn’t ready in his freshman year to make major contributions.

And after his freshman season went out with a whimper instead of a bang on the court, Hartman tore his right ACL during a workout on March 15. Instead of working on his game over the summer, he will be rehabilitating with hopes of being ready to go come next fall.

Bottom line: As if the season already didn’t turn out the way Hartman and the Hoosiers might have hoped, yet another challenge has been added to Hartman’s path toward being a contributor. But the Hoosiers need Hartman to show he can be a shooter at the college level. It might take longer than expected to prove just that.

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  • This kid should have gotten ALL of JH’s minutes. He came in and was fearless, right from the jump. Kid was a winner in high school and had the length to defend his position. He could also really shoot it. I hate when people judge his shooting based off of the 3-4 jumpers he took all season long. He should have been given more minute IMO..

  • Bled4IU

    I hope he has a quick recovery from his ACL injury and can show some leadership off the bench next year. And knock down a few jumpers as well.

  • Gregory Spera

    “Indiana needed shooters, and Hartman still didn’t play.”
    This one was a mystery to me. Hartman must look terrible in practice, because no matter how desperate we got for outside shooting, he never got any burn in the games. I’ve never heard anything bad about the kid as a person, so I’m assuming Crean just isn’t impressed with what he sees of Hartman as a player.

  • Rie

    My favorite thing about watching Collin in limited minutes was his communication on defense. He was always talking to the other guys and making sure people were in position. I cannot remember which game it was, but I specifically remember Collin pushing Troy in the back and saying something to him while they were in the paint, so Troy knew to go out to the perimeter and defend the wing.

    I know this is a little thing to point out, but I felt like there was a serious lack of communication all year, and a guy like Collin could bring some smarter basketball out of his teammates with a little more floor time. Either way, I am excited to see him progress and hope he gets well very soon. The injury is sad and we can only hope he gets back to form sooner than later.

  • JetpackJunky

    It does make me really wonder what was going on with Hartman that we weren’t seeing that kept him from getting minutes?

  • SCHoosier

    I wish CH well in his rehab and hope he can become a contributing Hoosier. Fact is..while he did communicate well on the court..he seemed to have the freshmen jitters..and I believe he had more airballs than 3 pters. TC doesn’t seem to use redshirts..medical or otherwise..but if he wants an opportunity for Hartman to develop..Colin may have to be the exception.

  • SCHoosier

    U mean the guy who had “in gym range”..but never took a three when it mattered? Sometimes TC’s motivational comments are self-defeating.

  • inLinE6

    I completely agree that he should have got all minutes from JH. But watching his HS clips, I’m not totally convinced by his shooting. But his minutes were too limited. I was glad that JH decided to transfer which became a win-win situation for everybody.

  • Kyl470

    The injury is killer. ACL is normally a year long recovery unless you’re Adrian Peterson.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Gotta love when he talks about bottom feeding teams as if they were final four contenders.

  • FeatheryOne

    Well, some of those bottom feeding teams beat really good squads (see PSU sweeping OSU and Nebraska now making it to the Tournament). Never underestimate any opponent in college basketball.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Yeah, I wasn’t really talking about the B10 teams. Most of them handled us at least once. He spoke of our non conference cupcakes in the same manner.

  • JJ

    I guess Jonny Marlin got those minutes instead…

  • Rosco73

    I would say to get back to 100% normal would take a year, but he should be cleared to practice in 5-6 months. I was cleared after 5 months to play football.

  • MeniscusDiscus

    Hope he went to Klootwyk at Methodist. If he did, he’ll be back bouncing in no time.

  • HoosierGrampy

    While I don’t recall the airballs, I’d submit that they are preferable to a TO–at least there’s a chance to grab that “errant pass” which a TO does not provide…I hope his recovery is w/o a glitch!

  • HoosierGrampy

    I’m not really that impressed by what I’ve seen of CTC as a coach for a lot of reasons–all of which have been pretty thoroughly discussed already. I recall CTC raving about how great Tom Pritchard played in practice; too bad it rarely transferred to the court at game time. IU’s answer to the Energizer Bunny.

  • calbert40

    I don’t know why he rarely saw the floor, but it may be nothing more than the fact that he was a freshman. Some freshmen aren’t physically ready to play in the B1G. If you’ve seen him in person, you’ll know that he is tall, but really skinny. If he puts some muscle on his frame, he could be a very good player for us in the future…provided that he recovers from this injury.

  • Shaggy_C

    You have to think that Marlin (and Howard, for that matter) were explicitly told that they did not have the green light to shoot. I otherwise cannot understand why they absolutely refused to put up any balls – and that wasn’t limited to just the walk ons, either. It seemed like there were very few on the team who actively looked for shots. I wonder if the “high volume/low percentage” knock Crean made against Hollowell at the start of the year carried over into practice and scared a lot of the team into passing up open opportunities. Especially in desperation time, I would have much rather seen some of the young guys trying to make plays rather than it always going to Evan Gordon.

  • PBzeer

    I really feel bad for the kid. Unless he wants to finish his education at IU, I would guess he’ll transfer. Even with a rapid rehab, he’s not going to be 100% till mid-season, and without any off-season improvement time, where is he going to get minutes from, when he wasn’t getting them this year?

  • Shaggy_C

    I think they’ll have to evaluate him at the start of the season and decide whether it’s worth a medical redshirt or if they think he would be better served coming in for a few minutes a game. Personally, I’d rather he take a year to get his confidence up so we could see that deadly sharpshooter mentality come out when he comes back as a 3rd year sophomore. But that’s a decision that he, his family, and the coaching staff will have to make. In any case, we’ll be hoping for a speedy recovery and no long-term damage.

  • HoosierPat

    I hope he is able to come back strong from this injury. Having gone through an ACL tear myself, I can tell you that it sucks. It’s a long rehabilitation process and really tests your patience. Hopefully he is able to get through this and come back healthy.

  • Christopher W. Neukam

    Interesting… not impressed by a coach who takes over a team that basically only had walk ons and in five years has two sweet 16 appearances. Sure, he had a down year this year… he lost five players that have gone on to play professional basketball either in the NBA or in Europe and Israel (Zeller, Oladipo, Zeller, Hulls, Watford, Elston) and four of whom scored over 1,000 points in their prospective careers. Even cheaters who coach at places like Kentucky have seasons where freshman replacements don’t completely live up to expectations (2012-2013)

  • HoosierGrampy

    And tell me how his freshmen-dominated team did this year. Are you aware that UK put more players from its 2012 NCAA championship team into the NBA–not overseas…but NBA–than CTC has ever put into the professional ranks? I would submit to you that with very few exceptions, any player in today’s environment who stays in school long enough to score 1000+ points is either super motivated to get a degree, is already mega-rich, or is flat out not good enough to declare for the draft. Schools lose 4-5 players from time to time. While I really like our freshmen players, they simply were not in the same class as Lee, Young, 2 Harrisons, Randle & Johnson.