Crean holds Hartman as an inspiration for the team #iubb

They held a team meeting Sunday in preparation for the following night’s game against New Orleans, but at least for one moment, the attention turned to one of their own.

Indiana coach Tom Crean looked to a handful of players in the room and asked them to describe sophomore Collin Hartman, who sat nearby. They gave their answers — a couple lauded his shooting, especially from 3-point range — and Crean stopped to interject.

“If I said the fourth-highest KenPom offensive efficiency rated guy was in this room, would you pick Collin?” Crean asked.

That, the coach said, got their attention.

Hartman was once again his steady self in Monday’s 79-59 win over New Orleans, a game that stands as IU’s non-conference home finale. He was among the first players off the Indiana bench, scoring six points on 2-of-3 shooting, while tying his career high with seven rebounds and recording an assist and a steal.

After Monday’s game, Hartman ranks in the top five nationally in KenPom.com’s offensive rating and is one of five Hoosiers who have made nine or more 3-pointers who are shooting better than 40 percent from beyond the arc.

The Cathedral product has appeared in all 12 games this season, shooting 55 percent (22-of-40) from the field and 45 percent (9-of-20) from long distance.

Hartman arrived in Bloomington with a noticeable fade to his jumper, but he’s worked with assistant Tim Buckley — a man Yogi Ferrell has called “The Shot Doctor” — on fixing that and other subtle shooting mechanics.

But the encouraging part of his non-conference season appears to be how Hartman is developing into something much more complex and appreciated than merely a shooter.

“He’s a product of going through it for a year,” Crean said. “He wanted to play more last year — hindsight is 20/20; wish I had, OK — but he wasn’t the player that he was a year ago. It’s a great example for guys like Max (Hoetzel) and Tim (Priller) to see — Emmitt (Holt) even — when you make the changes that you have to make and you make it absolutely about moving without the ball and the hustle game.”

For Hartman, this season is about seizing an opportunity after suffering an ACL injury in March. Crean wasn’t sure what he could expect from the sophomore, who is still held out of portions of practices while he continues to heal.

Hartman is averaging 16.2 minutes per game off the bench this season.

For more on Hartman and his recovery process, check out this story we published earlier this month.

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  1. Collin is a very smart baller. IU is very fortunate to have his unexpected greatness this year. Another well rounded player from Indiana that gives his all each night and makes others better. Awesome story. Great young man. Go Hoosiers!!

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