2017-18 Player Profile: Collin Hartman

  • 11/03/2017 10:32 am in

With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ve transitioned from our look at other Big Ten programs to our player-by-player previews of the 2017-18 Indiana roster. Today, our profiles conclude with a look at Collin Hartman.

After his first go as a senior ended with a non-contact knee injury in a preseason workout last September, Collin Hartman is back in Bloomington for another season.

Hartman, who committed to the Hoosiers in November of 2010, will become the only member of IU’s six-man 2013 recruiting class to exhaust all of his eligibility in Bloomington.

His decision to return for a redshirt season was a major coup for Archie Miller, who moved quickly after accepting the Indiana job last March to keep the Cathedral product in the fold. The 6-foot-7 forward will now have the unique opportunity to go through senior night for a second time.

Over three seasons and 83 career games in Bloomington, Hartman has averaged 4.1 points and 2.7 rebounds. His impact, however, extends beyond the box score.

As a sophomore, Hartman filled in at times as a small ball center and posted the 12th best offensive rating in the country, according to KenPom. He followed that up with a productive junior season in which he started 24 times and averaged five points and 3.1 rebounds as Indiana won the outright Big Ten title. Hartman played with a fractured wrist in the 2016 NCAA tournament.

Now as a 23-year old senior, Miller will rely on Hartman for leadership and as an extension of the coaching staff on the floor.

“I think the great thing about him is, and it’s what everybody told me about him, the confidence that he can give a locker room, the experience level that he has, what he’s about personally in terms of his commitment to his teammates and what not, there’s very few guys that can come off that way all the time,” Miller said in the offseason. “He’s like having another coach. He really is. He’s like having another coach in the weight room, he’s like having another coach in the locker room. He’s got a great vibe about him as a competitor.”

With the start of the regular season just one week away, Indiana fans are still eagerly awaiting the return of Hartman.

He missed the Hoosier Hysteria scrimmage and the Marian University exhibition with an ankle injury, but appears to be close to returning. Miller said on Thursday night at his first radio show that Hartman could play in IU’s second exhibition game on a minutes restriction.

Whether the return happens on Sunday or for the season opener against Indiana State on Nov. 10, the goal for Hartman in his second chance as a senior is clear: a better finish.

“Everything that stands out, everything that was told to me about him as a person, as a leader, he’s a key cog in the program’s wheel was true,” Miller said in April. “It didn’t take long to figure out what he’s about, what he’s been through, and what he wants to be about now is, I think, a better finish. An opportunity to help establish something here on the front end where he can be attached to something new.”

Bottom Line: Hartman hasn’t played in a game since IU’s NCAA tournament loss to North Carolina in March of 2016, so it might take some time for him to shake off the rust early in the season. He will, however, be an pivotal contributor this season because of his leadership and his ability on both ends of the floor. Hartman is a career 40 percent 3-point shooter and an underrated passer. He’ll also embrace Indiana’s new defensive philosophy and help hold his teammates accountable.

Quotable: “It was a very, very tough decision for me personally to initially make the decision if I was going to leave. But I was still — my rehab was going well, and my knee was starting to feel good. I was still getting up shots and stuff. I was shooting one day in Cook (Hall), and I was thinking to myself, like, if I got one more shot at it, why not do it? Because you can’t come back and do it. That’s what my mom kept telling me and everybody. So I talked to my high school coach and a lot of people that I trust that were close to me, and at the end of the day, I was like I don’t get this chance again. My rehab came along really, really well. Ultimately, that was the deciding factor.” – Hartman at IU’s media day on his decision to return.

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  • marcusgresham

    Remember the other day when said when all is said and done Juwan Morgan will be on a list of the most beloved IU players ever.
    So will Hartman.

  • John D Murphy

    This senior class really has a chance to etch a place for themselves in IU lore and CH is the face of the senior class.

  • RonMlarkey

    May as well extend that title to every player that starts a game at this point.

  • VOXAC30

    How are you digging that Vox?

  • pcantidote

    Nothing would make me happier than to see this guy just have a stellar Senior year 2.0 season.

  • AndyCapp

    Couldn’t agree more. Their legacy will be assured as the first team in the Archie Miller era. The leadership, dedication and work ethic will be passed down the line to a new group who hopefully will let us hang another banner.

  • Mark Bando

    In a year where you transition to a new coach, having a guy like Hartman as a coach like presence in the locker room and on the floor takes on even greater significance. And even though the players are buying into Archie, it is still invaluable.

  • Outoftheloop

    What a Cinderella story: “5th year Senior Collin Hartman leads Indiana to a surprise 4th place finish in the B1G and to a Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament!” Dream Big Collin, and live your dream to the end! The Hoosier Nation loves you!

  • SCHoosier

    Hoosiers will need his maturity and scoring potential…

  • iugradmark

    I will feel better once we see him play a bit and also once we get an idea on how many minutes he can go. I am glad to have him for all of the intangibles but he hasn’t played for a year, had another major surgery, and during his interview in NY, said he gets treatment for his knees 3 times per day. As a result, I am expecting us to play a lot of 3 guard lineups this year with spot time for CH. Hope I am wrong and he can give us more minutes.

  • John D Murphy

    If we can split the time for the 3 equally between CH, JS, and 3 guard line up I think it will be good. Obviously JS needs some time to grow into his share. I would expect ZM to get more minutes at the beginning of the season that will diminish as the year progresses. I’d like to 15-20 from CH if he is up to it.

  • iugradmark

    John, that makes sense to me. JS is probably going to be brilliant at times and look like the freshmen he is at others. I hadn’t really given much thought to Zach but am now thinking he may play a bit more of a role than I originally was thinking. He is reliable for the things he does and will not hurt you with bad defense or turnovers. Unfortunately, he doesn’t give us much on the offensive side of things.

  • Collin made a great decision to return and will play (is playing) a big role in steadying the ship. Instead of turmoil and chaos, IU seems poised to have a fairly decent season and has a great head-start in rebuilding the program. I think Collin plays no small role in shepherding the team from one era to another. It’s incredibly valuable.

    That said, I think he’s also poised to have a great senior season. He’s so versatile and a great shooter. Maybe more importantly is the leadership and all the intangibles he brings. To compete, every team needs the scrappy guy who comes up with that loose ball or charge call, etc…what we now call “Collin Hartman-type things.”

    Hooray! Can’t wait to see him take the floor today. It’s guys like this that make me think IU has that small outside chance of having a really special Cinderella season. Either way, I’m going to enjoy watching them.

  • bleeding crimson

    I’ll take that as a Great Season, considering all of the factors.