Collin Hartman Archive
In its final tuneup before Friday’s season opener, Indiana beat the University of Indianapolis, a Division II opponent, 76-63, on Monday night at Assembly Hall.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win:
· Encouraging signs come with plenty of reasons for concern: We’ll dive into a couple of these topics a bit more in-depth, but after watch seven exhibition games (five in Montreal, two in Assembly Hall), there’s plenty to like about Indiana and there is a lot to be concerned about, too.
On the positive side of things, the ball movement is better, the shooters are better and the potential for improvement in taking care of the ball exists, although we didn’t see much of it last night. On the negative side of things, Indiana allowed the University of Indianapolis to rebound 45.8 percent of its misses last night and looked very shaky on defense early on as the Greyhounds built an early 11-point lead.
Should we draw major conclusions from any of these performances? Not quite. But the rebounding is a major concern and that isn’t changing give IU’s lack of frontcourt depth.
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· A little more on the rebounding: To put UIndy’s offensive rebounding performance into some perspective, Indiana allowed just three teams last season to rebound more than 40 percent of their misses. Coincidentally, Indiana won all three of those contests (at Penn State, at Northwestern and Iowa).
Early in Indiana’s 76-63 win over the University of Indianapolis on Monday night, sophomore Collin Hartman was substituted in and received his first look of the evening off a pass from junior Yogi Ferrell.
Without hesitation, the 6-foot-6 forward — donning a heavy brace on his right knee — caught the pass from behind the 3-point arc and shot it. It went in.
Despite not making a single 3-pointer last season, the Indianapolis native, who is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in March, finished the game with two, making both of his attempts. In his second game back — and still on a minutes limit — Hartman finished with eight points, two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 18 minutes of action.
“He’s shooting it with more confidence,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “But I just liked the fact that he’s out there and getting real reps, real game speed, real game action. And frankly, if I had to look at this a couple months ago and say we would have had him for the exhibition games even though the doctors were optimistic, I wouldn’t have shared the same optimism.
“But, fortunately, I was wrong, and he’s worked really hard, and he wouldn’t be out there if he wasn’t helping.”
Just two days after Indiana’s 2013-2014 season ended, Hartman went down with a torn right ACL during a workout. After a freshman season in which Hartman rarely ever played — partaking in 16 of Indiana’s 32 total games and averaging 4.5 minutes of action per game — his offseason took a dramatic turn.
Instead of improving on his game over the summer, Hartman found himself having to rehabilitate, with playing time in the 2014-2015 season in question. But as he said on Monday, Hartman’s immediate reaction was that of optimism. He planned on being back in time for the start of this season.
Robert Johnson (15 points, 10 rebounds, three assists), Collin Hartman (eight points, two rebounds, two assists, two blocks) and Yogi Ferrell (19 points, five assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 76-63 exhibition win over the University of Indianapolis on Monday night at Assembly Hall.
Watch the full press conference below:
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.”