That’s A Wrap: Collin Hartman

  • 04/02/2015 9:01 am in

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.

Hartman, like the Hoosiers, faded a bit down the stretch. He failed to score in back-to-back games at Purdue and Rutgers near the end of February. In that Rutgers game, Hartman picked up a bone bruise on his left knee. He missed Indiana’s loss at Northwestern and loss at home to Iowa due to the injury. Hartman returned to action against MSU, but in 54 combined minutes of action vs. the Spartans and then in Indiana’s two games in the Big Ten Tournament at the United Center, he scored just three points.

Hartman rebounded in Indiana’s loss to Wichita State to close out the season, hitting 3-of-4 from distance to score 11 points.

Bottom Line: On a team with no seniors, Hartman’s play for most of the season was that of a savvy veteran. He knew what to do and when to do it. His basketball IQ and decision-making was among the best on the team. Depending on how the Thomas Bryant situation shakes out and when Devin Davis is cleared to play again, it’s possible Hartman may find himself in a bit of a different role next season. Instead of spending time at the 5, Hartman is more likely to slot in at the 3 or 4. But this season made clear that no matter what position Hartman has to spend time, he’s up to the task.

Quotable: “Everybody today did their job extremely well. When everybody does their job sometimes the ball comes to you at the right spot at the right time. You just got to do your job every time you go out there. ” – Hartman following IU’s win against Maryland.

Previously: Robert Johnson, Max Hoetzel, Emmitt Holt, James Blackmon Jr., Stanford Robinson, Troy Williams

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  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    remember how a lot of us were writing this kid off as a wasted recruit? on the fast track to get creaned? glad he proved all of us wrong.

  • Arch Puddington

    What an amazing story. Just a few months ago he looked like a guy who would never contribute to the Hoosiers; now he looks like a competent and mature player who will bring much-needed stability to the program over the course of a four-year career. Every great team needs a core of players like him, and I happily acknowledge how wrong I and so many others were about him.

  • SCHoosier

    Hartman took on a role that earned everyone’s respect. That knee to the leg injury half way thru the season set him back a bit. Given he was our best post defender for most of the season was a shocker!! I think Collin can be a strong role player and potential starter for the Hoosiers. In that dribble drive offense..he needs to be able to put the ball on the floor better..develop a mid-range jumper and continue to get stronger. Smart kid who made everybody else better..which is what TC predicted he would do when Hartman was signed.

  • BC Hoosier

    He does a lot of things for the team on the court. I always feel like the floor is spaced and the ball moves better for the team when he’s on the floor. He is probably the most skilled basketball player on the team. (Not the best player on the team but the most fundamentally sound.) Can’t be overstated, what he did and how he played coming off an ACL last spring was remarkable.

  • Ms hoosier

    If he improves as much this next year as much as he did this year he could easily average10+points a game. I really like his 3 point shot

  • hoosier93

    Wonder if he’ll start at the 4… I’d be fine with that really… when you think about it… he’s much closer to Christian Watford than others. I think Crean has been looking for a player like that. He had Hollowell who wasn’t comfortable in that role. But I’d say Collin would be.

  • marcusgresham

    I remember a lot of balking at “coachspeak” when Hartman signed and Crean said something to the effect of “we recruited him to be a basketball player, not just a shooter.”

  • phaluska

    This guy should have taken twice as many shots as he did…

  • Hoosier Hall

    Played like an upper-classman this season, and he actually will be an upper-classman next season… This guy is a vital piece to any success we hope to have in the next couple years.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I hope he starts @ the 4. I’m hoping for the following starting lineup:

    1- yogi
    2 – JBJ
    3 – TW
    4 – CH
    5 – TB

  • drewmiller1

    Collin seems like he would take whatever role he is assigned
    and put in 100%.

  • Ms hoosier

    I think Troy fits better at the 3 especially if he improves his shot

  • IUBizmark

    1 – Rob Johnson
    2 – Nick
    3 – Juwan Morgan
    4 – Emmitt/O.G.
    5 – HMP

  • BC Hoosier

    Morgan is a 4 that plays more down low than on the perimeter. Can’t see him playing on the wing in our offense. O.G. is a wing that will likely develop more as a perimeter player.

  • Dooteetime

    Good kid and someone I enjoy watching. However, on a good team IU team he should be 7-9 in rotation.

  • IUBizmark

    Crean plays guys out of position on a regular basis. Also, because a guy plays one spot in HS doesn’t mean they’ll always play that position. Remember a big reason recruits come here is to learn multiple positions.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I agree with the bench, but would note that I’d consider RJ, Nick & Emmitt as “bench starters” who play 20+ minutes and contribute significantly under that option.

  • TomJameson

    In CTCs “positionless” system Collin would be playing the 3-4.

  • TomJameson

    I would agree with this more, but I believe RJ will be starting over Collin. In essence the 3 guards, Troy, and Bryant. But like you, I see 3 or 4 that can have substantial minutes coming off the bench.

  • TomJameson

    I don’t know much about these guys, so let me put this question out there for everybody. Considering what BC just ‘said’ about OG, would that make him an option for playing guard similar to what Troy did?
    These guys like being able to develop their ball handling skills, so maybe he’ll develop along the lines Troy did/is.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Your probably correct Tom, but maybe CTC will value the rebounding and defense that CH brings (not that RJ isn’t a good defender). Also, RJ essentially could split the time at 1 or 2, so he could easily end up with 25+ minutes a game coming off the bench. That would spell Yogi & JBJ. And if JBJ is having a 2-14 shooting night, maybe go with a different look longer in RJ.

  • BC Hoosier

    In his system, he has three positions; bigs, wings, and point guards. He doesnt move players around as much as he plays different combinations of these three positions. As of right now, I see Morgan as a big and OG as a wing.
    My comments were not based on where their HS coach places them in their lineups, but rather their skill sets. From what I’ve seen, (Seen him play live once and highlights), majority of Morgan’s points come from around the basket with one to no bounds made. He can hit a jump shot but more as a spot up or pick and pop big.
    Now, watch OG play and watch how much more he handles the ball and creates his own shot off the bound. He comes off of screens and shoots over defenders. He also defends perimeter players, which to me is sometimes a better indicator of where a player fits as far as position.

  • TomJameson

    It can go either way and I’d be happy. Wouldn’t it be great to have this much of a choice?

  • Rosco73

    The only concerns I have about CH is his future health and his ceiling. As a person who has torn both of my acls, I can say that when you tear one, your chances of tearing the other mightily increase. I’m hoping he can stay healthy and protect those knees. I also wonder how much better CH can play. He is already shooting well from 3, but what else can he add to his game? I’m expecting that his basketball IQ will increase his rebound and assist numbers, but that may be about it. He’s a guy who is there to do the dirty work and make other players better IMO. Love having this guy on our team though.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    It is a good problem to have. The player I see getting lost in the rotation is HMP. My best guess, if IU lands TB, is that EH will back up the 5. My best guess is that EH outworks HMP, gets big and strong, and improves even more defensively. That leaves HMP setting next to TP and JA.

  • hoosier93

    Switch Morgan and OG. Morgan isn’t a 3. OG isn’t a 4.

  • hoosier93

    Being “positionless” is just silly. Everyone has a position. Yogi is a PG. JBJ is a SG/PG. Troy is a SF/SG. HMP is. PF/C. Emmitt Holt is a PF/C. Colin Hartman is a SF/PF. RJ is a SG/PG. Zeisloft is a SG. Morgan is a PF. OG is a SF. DD is a PF/SF. Bryant is a PF/C. Maker is a PF. But we like playing players out of position. Which can actually hurt some players. Best example is Jeremy Hollowell.

  • ‘Nuff_Said

    Collin is the epitome of what basketball is all about in the State of Indiana.

  • Zach

    Switch Morgan and OG and you’re spot on


    I hate to say it, but at the same time glad to admit it, but I was one of those in the badly wrong category when it came to this kid. You couldn’t be more right in that he is the kind of core player that every team needs to be successful. His shining example is also one of the reasons that I was so disappointed in seeing MH transfer. When I first read about it I just kept thinking about how much of a surprise CH turned out to be and that he might have turned out to be another example like that.


    His bball IQ is right up there at the top on this team and IMHO that’s a lot of what made him the valuable player he was for us this past season.


    Pretty much what I was thinking. If JBJ is starting along with Yogi, RJ isn’t starting and JBJ’s shot isn’t falling then we will need to see more RJ and less JBJ, especially if JBJ doesn’t make a big leap defensively between now and the start of next season. I think RJ was a better defender overall than what JBJ was this past season, I know that isn’t saying much, but then again that only speaks to how much emphasis should be put on who is playing better D when it comes to giving out the game time minutes. I really want to see a lineup that doesn’t have both JBJ and RJ starting along with Yogi, but if that happens whichever one of those two doesn’t start could very possibly transfer after next year and I would really hate to see that happen.


    Agree, and that is a big part in what makes him so valuable. You can never have too many of those kind of players.

  • Hardwood83

    I’m with you- that is the line-up I’d like to see. With reasonable (not huge) improvement from each of these guys that is a top 15 team, IMO. Very solid bench too.

  • cooper

    Was a nice surprise early but let don’t make more of it than it was. His stats weren’t all that special though I think he is more than stats. He is kind of like Scalabrine. On a good team you’d want him to play about 8-10 min a game, be smart, make a shot, grab a rebound.

    His best role is as a 7-8th man of the bench, hopefully we have the talent so that is where he is

  • Ryan Howell

    I don’t even think HMP should be an option. Awful at defending/rebounding and no post presence.

  • Dave Carnes

    That means Crean should run him off for some dude with”incredible athletic talent”Collin should be at the three.He would have done great at Purdue.

  • Dave Carnes

    Never met a shot fake he didn’t bite on.

  • TomJameson

    hoosier93 I have just the opposite view — but I’m not going to call your opinion “silly”.

    You’re even making my argument for me in your own post (now that’s silly – lol) by designating several players with 2 positions.

    CTCs system doesn’t pigeonhole somebody in a position, and I like that as long as we don’t have to go to extremes like we were forced to do this season (Collin playing center for example). If we have all the pieces (and we will if Bryant commits to IU) the system works great.
    Put 3 guards out there and they’ll play the 1-3 interchangeably (yes, yes, yes – Yogi is the “main” PG). Put Troy out there and he’ll just play 1- 4. NZ plays 2 – 4. Collin plays 3-4. And it goes on for most everybody.
    Put the five best players on the floor and let them play ball with a minimal “positional” structure – which is actually determined by the players own skill sets and physicality (can’t teach size).

  • TomJameson

    Could be … could be HMP works his a$$ off since it’s his senior year, and makes his “Sophomore Leap” a little late … lol
    It’s all conjecture at this point, but for now it’s a fun game to play. LOL

  • hoosier93

    It is the norm for a player to play 2 different positions. But 3 or 4… well.. none of these guys are LeBron and we’re not the Miami Heat.

  • hoosier93

    He has still made huge strides and has shown flashes. He actually got the ball cleanly some this year.

  • TomJameson

    I think HMP has a way to go, and it’s possible he can make great progress for next year. Just don’t know!

    I also think some folks have blinders on about Hanner because of his first two years. They kind of overlook any accomplishments he’s made this year.

  • TomJameson

    Yogi, JBH, and RJ all play all 3 of the guard positions. Troy plays (or has played) the 1 – 4 positions; and quite frequently so as the season progressed. Nick Z played the 2 – 4 position quite frequently.

    You are correct that none of them are LeBron, and they are not the Miami Heat. But the facts speak for themselves that these guys DID play 3 to 4 positions. And did so quite seamlessly IMHO.

  • bvillehoosier

    In Hartman We Trust…he’s my favorite IU player.