Hoosiers are healing, but not fully there yet

WASHINGTON — Ten practices into the preseason, Indiana’s injury report is not where Tom Crean would like it.

But it’s looking better, albeit slowly.

The IU coach said during Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball media day that sophomore forward Juwan Morgan is close to receiving a full medical clearance after undergoing shoulder surgery in the spring. Junior college transfer Freddie McSwain, who had knee surgery during the summer to clean up lingering issues, could be cleared next month and incoming freshman forward De’Ron Davis continue to progress from an Achilles injury he suffered shortly after his arrival on campus this fall.

“We had a lot of injuries that we had to deal with this past summer,” Crean said. “We didn’t play five-on-five until our third practice, I think it was, here this year because we’ve had so many guys that were missing.”

That includes senior forward Collin Hartman, whose recovery timeline from an unspecified left knee injury has not yet been defined.

Crean did say, however, that the team has managed to keep Hartman active despite being only a couple weeks removed from the knee procedure he underwent late last month.

“Collin’s spirit is great,” Crean said. “We even get him into some of the stationary shooting, free throw shooting and things like that to keep him as active as he can be. He has a fantastic attitude. If he comes back with anything close to the level of toughness that his mother, Melissa, has (he’ll be in good shape). She had knee surgery a day before he got injured. She’s had seven or eight knee surgeries. The toughness level in that family — he comes from good stock in that way.”

Crean said McSwain is moving better and healing well, but he doesn’t expect the junior wing to be fully cleared until November.

In Morgan’s case, the sophomore is able to do everything but scrimmage in a live setting, but he could be cleared to do so within the next two weeks.

“Juwan’s close,” Crean said. “Robert (Johnson) and James (Blackmon Jr.) have played with no limitations.”