Hartman not ruling out a return this season

  • 10/19/2016 9:28 pm in

Indiana senior forward Collin Hartman isn’t ready to declare that he’ll miss the entire 2016-2017 season.

Speaking to the media for the first time since undergoing surgery for a non-contact injury to his left knee, Hartman didn’t rule out a return the floor this season.

He wasn’t, however, ready to discuss any of the details pertaining to his injury or the procedure he underwent last month.

“Obviously I would love to be back,” Hartman said. “Who knows when I’ll be back. Early (season), late, middle, I don’t know. I just have to stay focused and literally take it day-by-day. If I look too far ahead, I’ll get disappointed with where I’m at.”

The lone senior on Indiana’s roster, Hartman was injured on Tuesday, Sept. 20 during a drill during an individual workout. He underwent surgery on Monday, Sept. 26.

The rehabilitation process is already well underway for Hartman. Indiana coach Tom Crean recently said that he’s already been doing some stationary shooting.

“I’ve been shooting a little bit, not a lot,” Hartman said. “I’ve been slowly working my way back into things. I don’t want to rush back because re-injuring, I would hate that obviously. Just stay with what Timmy G (Tim Garl) and all the doctors are saying with rehab and just staying focused.”

This isn’t the first injury Hartman will have to overcome in his Indiana career.

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

Hartman’s mom, Melissa, recently underwent a seventh knee surgery just a few days prior to his injury occurring.

“We were at home for a few days together (after surgery),” Hartman said. “We would yell between rooms.

“I call her in the morning sometimes just to be like, ‘how are you doing? what are you doing in rehab today?’ Just keep her spirits up, too, because if I’m focusing on somebody else it makes my process easier.”

If Hartman is unable to play this season, Crean said recently that a medical redshirt would be a possibility.

“Long-term if it gets to that, yeah, absolutely, but again, he’s a senior,” Crean said on Sept. 30. “It’s got to be something that down the road he would want — it’s too early — it’s very — you can speculate the moment it happens, right, but it’s too early to put real timeline on exactly how he responds because he is a senior. Let’s see how responds to the rehabilitation. But that certainly, that would be on the table for sure down the road.”

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  • Dean Olson

    OT: Alex, the ITH banner covers up the title for the articles. It goes about halfway through and makes it tough to read. I’m on Chrome, I believe the newest version.

  • TomJameson

    Same for me, using windows 10 with Explorer
    **edit switched to an older version of Explorer, and it’s just fine.

  • mars5123

    Hey Dan, if you white-list the site on ad-block it solves the problem.

  • Probably due to using an ad blocker. If you whitelist the site on your ad blocker, the issue will resolve.

    As I wrote on another thread, the site and all of its content (with the exception of the forum) are free to access because of advertising revenue. Without that revenue, we are unable to do things like cover road games, the NCAA tournament, Big Ten media day or go on trips like the one we took to Montreal back in 2014. Thanks.

  • Fifer39

    Can only wish CH all the best for a full and speedy recovery. As much talent as we have this year, his versatility and reliability will be a big loss.

    I understand why a decision about red shirting should wait to see the prognosis on the injury, but not sure what CTC means by ‘let’s see how it goes because he’s a senior’? A red shirt would give him another year of eligibility whether that’s at IU or elsewhere wouldn’t it? So he’s just trying to keep the scholly option open then?

  • Hardwood83

    This whole injury is odd. In that video CH is standing there without crutches or even much of a brace……not sure why so cryptic about the injury & eta on the recovery.

  • IdahoHoosier

    We know that CTC hasn’t done much redshirting in the past, so that could be a factor. Also we are assuming CH wants to play another year at IU or elsewhere (he will be graduating). I don’t know that he wouldn’t want to play, just saying it could be that CTC is not attempting to speak for CH.

  • Fifer39

    True, I just would have thought that it was an option that CH (if not TC!) would want to keep open whether he’s graduating or not.

  • dwdkc

    Agree with both posts. CH has earned the consideration of playing at least part of his final year at 100%, or moving on. If he could only come back at 60%, and wanted to redshirt, he’d want the option. No benefit to talking about it now and inviting the whole crazy IU nation into second guessing his decision.

  • AZIU71

    Exactly. Although,the actual player has the final say on what medical information he/she wants to make public, I don’t understand this whole stealth mode on the type of injury he sustained. We didn’t find out that Blackmon had a partial ACL tear until a month ago. Why not say what the injury was and move on.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Maybe they’re trying to pull a Caris Levert (I believe it was he who Beilein was so cryptic about whether or not he’d come back) and keep the opposition guessing on whether or not to prepare for him. I know that’s a stretch, but that’s all I can think of.

    Another possibility is that Alex has a direct line to both CTC and Collin and asked them to be cryptic about it so that more people will post about it on ITH, thus bringing more people to the site to join in on the conversation and potentially spend money either by joining the paid forum or buying something off an add….