Hartman continues to make progress in rehabilitation from knee surgery

  • 06/07/2017 1:25 pm in

One of the most experienced players on Indiana’s 2017-18 roster is continuing to make strides in his rehabilitation.

Redshirt senior Collin Hartman, who announced that he would return for a fifth season in Bloomington on March 30, missed the entire 2016-17 campaign after undergoing knee surgery. The surgery followed Hartman’s second major knee injury of his college career.

Rather than take time off this summer, Hartman has been on campus with the new coaching staff and director of athletic performance Clif Marshall preparing for his final season at IU.

Hartman, along with Robert Johnson, De’Ron Davis, Curtis Jones and Juwan Morgan, were on campus for the first summer school session.

“Where he started at seven weeks ago, if it was at a level one, I thought when we finished the spring, he was probably at like a level three or four,” Archie Miller said of Hartman last week. “And then as we started our summer, to see where he started at to see where he’s at right now, he’s starting to move in the direction where I can start to see the player that he once was.”

The 6-foot-7 forward, who was a key piece of IU’s 2015-16 Big Ten championship team, is a career 40 percent 3-point shooter and has started 36 games over his first three seasons.

He’s also played and guarded multiple positions, but his most valuable contribution to the program might be his leadership on and off the court.

Along with Johnson, Hartman’s presence will give Miller and the new coaching staff a reliable veteran who has been through the rigors of a Big Ten season.

“I think the great thing about him is, and it’s what everybody told me about him, the confidence that he can give a locker room, the experience level that he has, what he’s about personally in terms of his commitment to his teammates and what not, there’s very few guys that can come off that way all the time,” Miller explained. “He’s like having another coach. He really is. He’s like having another coach in the weight room, he’s like having another coach in the locker room. He’s got a great vibe about him as a competitor.”

With more than three months to go before the official start of practice in September, Indiana is continuing to take things slow with Hartman.

Miller said that he doesn’t envision him running full court or playing pickup soon, but added that he’s on a “great path” to being ready to go when IU needs him to be.

“Everything’s on track in terms of his rehabilitation,” Miller said. “His training is great. He works extremely hard.”

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  • SCHoosier

    Take it easy big fella…need ya in Nov. Really rooting for CH to get it done.

  • inLinE6

    I wonder when he can participate in contact drills? September?

  • We’reAllForYou82

    Contact drills? I know we will be more physical but that is saying something.

  • iugradmark

    These little snippets are fun. I was glad to see Collin doing some quick footwork. The first video of him around a month ago, he was moving fairly slowly while shooting. Archie mentioned that he is starting to look more like the player he was. It will be fun to get some progress updates as we move through the summer.

  • Rick Pearson

    So Glad Colin You Came Back Can’t Wait To See You All Play This Fall

  • AndyCapp

    I know we lost a lot of scoring power but assuming that CH can get back to form I think he is going to put up numbers to land him on one of the B1G all star teams and significantly increase our chances of finishing in top 4-5. His leadership is going to be contagious!

  • John D Murphy

    Nice to see Cujo working to put on some lbs. Think about who is here for the whole summer. Four starters and Cujo. Tells me something.

  • iugradmark

    I really would have liked to see DG stay for the summer. He may have needed a break or was needed back home so I am not judging him on anything like that but I think he could be competing for some serious minutes and was hoping that he would want to go all in.

  • Tom Harmon

    I noticed he wasn’t there as well. Great talent but not sure he is ready to put his nose to the grindmill!

  • PBzeer

    It’s my understanding that he spent some time with his brother working out with the Spurs. So it’s not like he’s been lazing around for his time off. Plus, the things he needs work on, weren’t being addressed much in the 4 week optional session. Everybody will be on campus next week, and that’s when the focus will start shifting more to skills rather than S&C.

  • TomJameson

    I have to admit, that while I recognized the valid reasons for going home for a break (calm before the storm), I was being a little judgmental because I (still) think that if there is a huge drive to succeed, a sacrifice will be made. Maybe cut that 4 weeks down to 2 … something like that.

    But as PBzeer pointed out, DG is working out while “on vacation”, and I don’t doubt that others are doing the same. So, I’m not judging anymore. Devonte didn’t need any body shaping like De’Ron or CuJo needed, plus he’s working on skills with more one-on-one time than he could get in school, so it’s all good.

    To be clear though, there is (I think) 2 hours a week of skill instruction at school, after that it’s up to the player to practice the drills on his own. As much weight-training as you want, so there’s that. I think you have to be enrolled in a summer session to take advantage of the training though. So that might be another reason to go home.

  • John D Murphy

    Didn’t know that. Great to hear. Thanks for the info.