Collin Hartman suffers non-contact left knee injury

  • 09/21/2016 6:20 pm in

Indiana senior forward Collin Hartman suffered a non-contact knee injury on Tuesday, according to a release on Wednesday evening from IU athletics.

The injury to Hartman’s left knee occurred during an individual workout.

“He will continue to be evaluated,” the release from IU said. “And his condition will be updated at an appropriate time.”

Hartman, who started 24 games as a junior, averaged five points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 21.9 minutes per game last season. He shot 35.8 percent from behind the 3-point line.

The 6-foot-7 senior played several games at the end of last season with a fracture in his wrist, an injury he suffered in Indiana’s 72-69 loss to Michigan in the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis.

It was initially believed that the wrist injury would require offseason surgery, but Tom Crean said in June that the wrist was put in a cast and did not require a procedure.

Following Hartman’s freshman season at Indiana, he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee after planting his knee wrong in a drill. As a result of that injury, Hartman missed Indiana’s trip to Montreal in August of 2014. He returned as a sophomore to play in 32 of Indiana’s 34 games.

Prior to his junior season, Hartman missed practice time with a rib injury. The Cathedral product is the only senior on Indiana’s roster for the upcoming season.

The frontcourt was expected to be a major strength this season for the Hoosiers as Thomas Bryant, Hartman, OG Anunoby and Juwan Morgan all return from a team that won 27 games and a Big Ten championship last season. Indiana also added top 40 recruit De’Ron Davis and junior college signee Freddie McSwain in its 2016 recruiting class.

In 83 career games, Hartman is averaging 4.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 17.7 minutes per game.

Indiana can begin practice for the 2016-2017 season on Friday, Sept. 30. The season opener against Kansas in Honolulu is on Friday, Nov. 11.

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  • IdahoHoosier

    Collin, no!

  • Ole Man

    Sad for CH. Someone else can probably step up and replace the points and rebounds.
    But no one can replace the leadership and “glue”.

  • HardRockHoosier

    That is a bummer for sure.. You’re right, his leadership will be missed. Man that is bad news. Feel sorry for the guy.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Let’s hope it is not serious. IU will really need him.

  • TomJameson

    Hopefully not serious, but of course knee injuries always makes you hold your breath waiting for the other shoe to fall. Hope he makes it back for the season.

  • inLinE6

    He may not be a starter this season but his significance goes without saying. Nobody stretches the floor better than Collin. In some games he creats more matchup problem for opponent than anyone. I’m anxiously waiting for more update.

  • BL4IU

    Damn, we are way over due to catch a break injury wise. Hope like hell it’s not serious. Holding off on further comments until we learn more.

  • Berned Out

    I’m so glad I found another hobby, such as running for president!

  • pdhoosier

    I’ll personally apologize for jinxing us. I was literally saying this morning that i was waiting for an injury report. Heartbreaking

  • Donnie Vick

    I’d like to think that too but why would they put out a report if it was not serious?

  • Bad news. He’s too tough to go down for good. He’ll be back. Fingers crossed.

  • Missing Moye

    Completely agree. I think it’s a hit to the defense as well, especially from a size standpoint as I envision more 3-guard lineups in our future now instead of Colin anchoring that “3” position.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Good point Donnie and I think you may be right.

  • CrimsonWave96

    I will share in that. Was saying just yesterday that the little news we have gotten recently is better than bad news such as the annual injury we get around this time. Well I guess it came right on time…

  • Kyl470

    Agreed. This stinks. I think we all know that this is clearly a season ending injury. Much like last year with JBJ the staff at IU will be super vague with the details only to reveal months later that Hartman won’t return this season.

    I’m hoping someone like Morgan can step up and be the new glue guy, but Hartman was our only senior on the team this year. It’ll be up to guys like RJ to step up and be the team leader. This also leaves the team with only three proven front court players in Bryant, OG, and Morgan. McSwain and Davis are still primarily unknown as to what they will contribute right away.

    I now predict IU will go with a three guard line up most of the time and the chances of seeing Bryant and Davis on the court at the same time now becomes very slim. My new prediction for the starting line up is RJ, JBJ, Newkirk, OG, and Bryant.

    Finally, I hope Hartman is able to recover from this injury and rejoin the team as a 5th year senior next year.

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  • HardRockHoosier

    I’m worried that he’s right also. They always start out this way.. It’s being evaluated. That’s code word for ‘it stinks’…

  • sarge

    Let’s hope it isn’t season ending. He might be able to return when it matters most as March and April are a half year away. It hurts, but it could be a good thing for the team as other guys will have to fill the very large void he leaves as the lone senior. Could give the young guys a chance to step up and if it isn’t a season ending injury it could be a blessing in disguise. That said, my heart goes out to CH. It isn’t the way you want to start your senior year.

  • TomJameson

    I’m thinking a medical redshirt if it’s serious enough to keep him out until March/April.

  • Tcuomo

    Non-contact tells me everything I need to know. It’s not good. I think his only shot for a return this year would be if it was a meniscus tear. I believe Denzel Valentine had surgery on his meniscus a month into the season last year and made it back. Otherwise IU won’t have CH this year.

  • jwcasey

    This hurts, there’s no denying it. Still have 7 weeks to prepare for a season without CH (worst case scenario). We’ll learn a lot about this squad’s resiliency pretty early on. Coach’em up, and execute. Is it November yet?

  • Alex Cutler

    9/10 nom contact knee injuries are acl tears this sucks

  • Bill Graham

    A couple things cross my mind:

    1. It sucks for CH and Hoosier Nation
    2, If he is seriously injured (like season ending) is he currently in grad school? If so, is a medical redshirt possible? Is it even a consideration (I mean why not if he is planning on finishing a grad degree anyway)
    3. To highlight a silver lining: having CH on the bench to coach young players after every sub out is beneficial
    4. It gives other guys a chance to develop
    5. What does this do to the depth chart?

    * Do not twist this post. This is not a good thing for us at all. I love the way CH plays and want nothing more than for this to be a minor setback. I’m just raising logical questions.

    In my opinion this benefits our combo guard development more than the bigs. CH would have probably played the 3-4 mostly. I think this pushes us to more of a 3 guard lineup. Cujo should get more mins (exposure at the 2-3). Freddie isn’t a guard but he should get some time at the 3 to develop those skills (rather than playing behind O.G. now he can play beside him). Grant may even get some exposure (where previously he would have been in the 1-5 min range) now I see him in the 5-7 min range.

    Overall sad news. Lets hope CH is back soon.

  • Donnie Vick

    Maybe its nothing but didn’t they say Blackmon had a non-contact knee injury too?

  • Hardwood83

    It will hurt the team, but I feel for Collin at the moment. Already had a lot of injuries (mostly due to going all in) and to very possibly lose his Senior year is a real bummer.
    As others have said, the production isn’t irreplaceable, but his contributions are going to be missed.

  • Silver-lining for worst-case scenario. I want to see Colin play as a senior. If we have to wait a year, so be it. I’m still hoping he’s only out for a few weeks or a couple months, not willing to count him out yet. Otherwise, he can get his Master’s.

  • Hoosier Brews62

    Here we go again! I hate to hear this about CH. Hopefully nothing too serious!

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Has anyone heard if it is the ACL or the MCL?

  • Crap. And when I searched that to see what you’re referring to, the number one stories are about CH. After those, then it’s all about the ACL.

  • John D Murphy

    For those commenting about a medical redshirt or 5th year. I don’t have any evidence to support that TC does that. I think it would be a lot more likely that CH would be playing elsewhere next year than with the Hoosiers. If I’m wrong, please cite examples.

  • John D Murphy

    Sucks for CH.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    No examples come to mind, but my gut feeling is CH would be the exception to that rule. I suppose the closest example is M Creek, who did end up at George Washington his 5th year. However, I think CTC felt MC was not a B1G level player any more due to injuries.

    That being said, I think the MC transfer really, really hurt IU the following year because we didn’t have any scorer’s / outside shooting that year.

  • John D Murphy

    My gut tells me we are all who we are and TC is more interested in the next guy. I don’t know why we would expect an exception for CH.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Well that is what happened with MC, so your gut is justified ….

  • TomJameson

    Mo Creek transferred because Crean basically was afraid to play him because of the horrible injuries he had already gone through. I’m glad Mo had a good 5th year, but don’t think there were any hard feeling between Mo and TC.

    One thing I’m sure of, is that Tom Crean loves his players and will support them any way he can. I really think that is the case.

  • HoosierBoda

    There are a multitude of non contact knee injuries that he could return from this year. Also, meniscus tears don’t indicate surgery. This really gives us no information. He could be back in a week or out for a year.