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:
“Freshman Focus” is an Inside the Hall series on each of Indiana’s six incoming freshman. Over the next couple of weeks, we will examine what kind of an impact each player can have for the Hoosiers next season. Today: Collin Hartman.
It didn’t take long for Cathedral coach Andy Fagan to come up with Collin Hartman’s way to get on the court quickly during his upcoming freshman season at Indiana.
“The obvious answer is Collin’s ability to shoot the ball,” Fagan said. “That certainly is an unquestioned part of his game.”
Hartman, one of only two unranked players in Indiana’s six-man recruiting class (Devin Davis), will have to put in some serious work to get minutes on a talented Hoosiers team this season. Hartman’s calling card could indeed be his ability to knock down the perimeter jump shot, something the Indiana roster seems to lack.
The Hoosiers lost 3-point threats Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford to graduation.
“I think that’s going to be one of my main tickets to the floor, being able to come in and knock down shots and play defense,” Hartman said. “Starting from my freshman year, I shot a lot so I made a lot of shots. But the coaching staff was really dedicated to getting us better. They would stay and help us get up shots whenever we asked, and that really helped me move along. I think the accessibility of Cook Hall will help me only get better.”
Added Fagan: “As Collin continues to get up reps at a high rate over the offseason, I think he can be a guy to come help fill that void. IU’s graduating significant 3-point shooting, and that is something you can expect Collin to come in and add.”
Regular gym access in the form of Cook Hall will undoubtedly help Hartman grow into a more consistent outside shooter. But to get regular minutes and to find a spot in Tom Crean’s rotation, Hartman will have to also develop the other areas of his game.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — One of the final opportunities to watch five of IU’s 2013 signees before they arrive in Bloomington in early June came over the weekend at Freedom Hall in the 2013 Derby Festival Basketball Classic.
The all-star game has become a regular stop for IU recruits in recent seasons as Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo and several others have participated. Inside the Hall was in attendance at Wednesday’s closed practice, Thursday’s night of the future stars event at Floyd Central and Friday’s game, which was won by the black team featuring all five IU signees, 124-113.
Here are game statistics, observations and scouting notes on all five guys:
· Troy Williams – 21 points (9-13 FG, 2-2 3PFG, 1-1 FT), five rebounds (two offensive), four assists, two turnovers, one block in 18 minutes
Williams walked away with MVP honors for the black team and there’s a good argument to made that he was the best player on the floor on Friday. That wasn’t the case in Wednesday’s closed practice as he forced some shots and didn’t finish particularly well around the rim. Williams was once ranked as high as No. 6 nationally in the 2013 class and he’s an elite athlete that gets into the lane and finishes plays with dunks. While the setting of an all-star game doesn’t lend itself to defense or rebounding being areas of focus, Williams has the tools to be very good in both areas. He’s a long, high motor player with the ability to score in a variety of ways, which should earn him minutes from day one in Bloomington.
· Collin Hartman – 7 points (2-7 FG, 1-5 3PFG, 2-2 FT), four rebounds (all offensive), two steals, one assist in 18 minutes
Hartman’s forte is perimeter shooting, but it wasn’t his week to excel in that area. He struggled in the 3-point contest and in the game, but all was not lost as he found other ways to make an impact. Hartman was active on the glass with four offensive rebounds and also had two steals. Health has been an issue for Hartman over the past year as he battled concussions and also a wrist injury that forced him to miss time during the past high school season. He said he’s ultimately emerged stronger from missing time and said that unlimited gym access is what he’s looking forward to most in college. With work in the weight room, there’s potential for Hartman to grab a role as early as next season.
· Luke Fischer – 12 points (5-7 FG, 2-3 FT), six rebounds (three offensive), three steals, two blocks, one assist, one turnover in 17 minutes
Fischer is often compared to Cody Zeller and it’s a comparison that makes some sense because of their similar games and build. Zeller probably has a solid two inches on Fischer in shoes, but much like the former IU All-American, the Wisconsin native is a sound post player who understands how to play the game. Fischer was efficient all week in Louisville and didn’t need the ball thrown to him to make an impact. His footwork and ability to catch the ball are both very good and while he’s probably not the athlete Zeller is, he finishes well through contact and runs the floor hard. He’s also a very good passer who can come out to the high post and find his teammates. Like most incoming players, adding strength to prepare for the rigors of the Big Ten will be key, but the tools are present for Fischer to play significant minutes early.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Five Indiana signees combined for 60 points on Friday night in Freedom Hall as the Black team defeated the White team, 124-113, in the 40th annual Derby Festival Basketball Classic.
Inside the Hall caught up with Stanford Robinson, Luke Fischer and Collin Hartman postgame for their reaction to the win:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Collin Hartman and Stanford Robinson met with the media on Wednesday afternoon after arriving for the 2013 Derby Festival Basketball Classic, which tips off Friday evening at Freedom Hall.
Watch and listen to what the pair of IU signees had to say about what they’re hoping to get out of this weekend’s experience and how they can impact next year’s team in the embedded media players below: