Collin Hartman Archive
With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’re taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster this month. Today, we continue our look at Indiana’s roster with Collin Hartman.
Collin Hartman’s freshman season at Indiana ended with a whimper rather than a bang.
Brought in by Indiana coach Tom Crean to be a shooter on a team that desperately needed them, Hartman played the first two games of the Hoosiers’ season as the first player off the bench. But after that, Hartman rarely saw action on the court, amassing just 16 minutes of play during the entire Big Ten season.
Perhaps he wasn’t aggressive enough in the opportunities he was given. But it was expected he would have the entire offseason to work on his game and gain more confidence on the court heading into his sophomore season.
That never happened.
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.
Freshman forward Collin Hartman tore his ACL in his right knee during a workout on Saturday, Indiana coach Tom Crean has announced via his Twitter account.
“Collin Hartman planted his leg wrong in a drill and hurt his knee,” he said. “The news is not good in that he has a torn ACL and we are waiting to make sure that’s all. Collin has been practicing well and getting better. This is a setback for him.”
Crean said that Hartman will be evaluated further on Sunday and that his summer will “take a different turn” in working with the medical staff.
Hartman, an Indianapolis native, played in 16 of Indiana’s 32 total games this season and averaged 4.5 minutes of action per game in his first season in Bloomington.
It’s a building that Indiana has only won once in during Tom Crean’s first five seasons as Indiana’s head coach. It’s where only two opposing teams have won all season — by a combined four points. On Saturday, this is the building the Hoosiers (14-8, 4-5) will play in, looking to potentially jump into a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten.
That building? The Williams Arena — also known as “The Barn. The opponent? The Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-8, 4-6), led by first-year head coach Richard Pitino.
As Crean and his staff have prepared Indiana for the test of facing the Gophers — and they surely are a formidable opponent — Crean said on a teleconference Friday morning that the team they are going against in Williams Arena is only part of the equation of winning there.
“The team on the floor has a lot to do with it,” he said. “But if you had to pick one thing it’s getting used to the raised floor more than anything else, probably.”
Unlike any other arena Indiana has played in this season, Minnesota’s court is on a raised floor, meaning players are, in a way, playing on a stage. There is less room to go after loose balls, andthe entire shooting dynamic is different than another venues. In fact, while Minnesota opponents shoot almost 44 percent away from Williams Arena, Big Ten foes are only shooting about 41.3 percent at The Barn.
And while in the past two seasons, Indiana has been more competitive in Williams Arena (including a 69-50 win in 2012), this season’s squad is much younger and most players haven’t played in that environment before.
“I think it’s just different,” Crean said. “The bottom line is that you don’t overdo it, you certainly don’t talk about it too much. You just try to get them on the court.
“And hopefully our travel schedule goes well and we’ll be able to get on the court and shoot and we’ll have our walkthrough tomorrow. I think it’s just them getting used to it.”
Collin Hartman, Noah Vonleh (18 points and 15 rebounds) and Yogi Ferrell (24 points, six assists and five rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 90-74 win over Stony Brook at Assembly Hall.
Watch the press conference in the media player below:
A full transcript is available after the jump.
With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ll be taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster over the next month. Today, we start our look at Indiana’s roster with Collin Hartman.
Collin Hartman has been waiting for this season for the past three years.
Having committed to Indiana as only a sophomore at Cathedral High School on Nov. 21, 2010, Hartman has finally made it to Bloomington as a member of the IU men’s basketball team. And heading into this season, Hartman might be able to immediately fill a void on the Hoosiers’ roster as a true freshman.
A 6-foot-6 wing known for his shooting capability, Hartman could immediately provide scoring help from the perimeter after IU lost 77 percent of its 3-point production from last season. After all, IU’s only returning players who made a 3-point shot last year are Yogi Ferrell, Will Sheehey, Jeremy Hollowell and Austin Etherington.
“He brings something that we are really going to need based on the fact of who we’re losing in this class of seniors, and that is outside shooting ability, and the first thing that grabs you about Collin is his ability to make outside shots,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said in December 2012. “The more you watch him, and we were able to see this from his ninth grade season on, is that he has a tremendous court sense.”
Before its first official practice on Friday, Indiana’s men’s basketball team hosted its annual Media Day on Thursday at Assembly Hall.
Inside the Hall got the chance to speak to several players, including freshman Collin Hartman and sophomores Yogi Ferrell and Jeremy Hollowell. Our conversations with them are posted below: