Four of IU’s returning players – Collin Hartman, Robert Johnson, Nick Zeisloft and Troy Williams – along with associated head coach Tim Buckley, assistant coach Chuck Martin and director of basketball operations Rob Judson met with the media on Monday afternoon at Assembly Hall to provide an offseason update.
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Collin Hartman.
Hartman (31 games): 4.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 8.6 OR%, 64.2 eFG% in 19.7 minutes per game.
Collin Hartman was the surprise of the season.
After a freshman campaign where he was used sparingly on a squad that failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament or the NIT, Hartman tore his ACL during a workout in mid-March of last year. It was a tough blow and the odds of him making a significant contribution to Indiana’s re-tooled lineup seemed slim.
But Hartman put in the work during his recovery and proved the odds wrong.
“I’d never really not had basketball,” Hartman said in early December. “Just not being on the court, not being able to work with the guys and do everything everybody else does. It kind of just gave me a new hunger almost to just get out there and just be aggressive (and to) be able to help the team.”
Not only was he suited up for Indiana’s first game of the season, he started 11 games and went on to be the team’s best 3-point shooter from a percentage standpoint (45.6%). His eFG% of 64.2 was good for third on the squad behind Nick Zeisloft (67.4) and Emmitt Holt (65.0).
Beyond his efficient offense game, Hartman was Indiana’s glue guy. He often seemed to find himself in the right place at the right time. He made the correct pass. He hustled for loose balls. He grabbed the important rebound. The sophomore also held his own on the boards, as his offensive rebounding percentage (8.6) trailed only Holt (13.5) and Troy Williams (9.5).
And when Mosquera-Perea went down with injury — or when Indiana decided to go small — Hartman did an admirable job at the center position for the Hoosiers. His best stretch 5 performance of the season came in a rout of Maryland at Assembly Hall. Hartman went 4-of-4 from the field (3-of-3 from distance) and knocked in 4-of-5 from the line for a career-high 15 points. Hartman also racked up three blocks during 29 minutes of action.
Sophomore forward Collin Hartman will likely miss Tuesday’s game against Iowa, Indiana coach Tom Crean said Monday night on his weekly radio show.
Hartman has been dealing with a lower left leg bruise sustained during the Hoosiers win against Rutgers on Feb. 22 and remains limited in practices after missing last Wednesday’s game at Northwestern, Crean said.
Hartman did not practice on Monday.
“I do not anticipate him (playing) tomorrow night, not for any lack of trying,” Crean said. “And that could change, but it would be hard.”
The biggest challenge in Hartman’s recovery has been his on-court movement — he has not been running since the injury and the bone bruise affects that. Crean said the Hoosiers especially need Hartman to be moving at a “really good pace” when he does play, anyway.
Indiana sophomore forward Collin Hartman, who left Sunday’s 84-54 win at Rutgers with an apparent left knee injury, is day-to-day according to Tom Crean. (Update: On Tuesday, Tom Crean said Hartman’s injury is a bone bruise to his lower leg.)
On his radio show Monday night, Crean said he was unsure whether Indiana would have Hartman, who spent Monday undergoing tests, for Wednesday’s trip to Northwestern. The suddenly hot Wildcats have won three straight games.
“It’s too early to tell. The doctors were in today,” Crean told Don Fischer. “His status is a little uncertain right now. Right now it’s going to be day-to-day for a bit.”
Hartman, who has come off the bench for Indiana’s last two games, played 11 minutes and went scoreless in IU’s win over the Scarlet Knights.