Men's Basketball

    Summer Series: Collin Hartman

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    Collin Hartman and Tom Crean
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    June 19, 2014

    Bloomington, Indiana - Sophomore Collin Hartman will enter his second year with the Hoosiers and played in 16 games as a freshman. He suffered a knee injury two days after the season ended and is in the process of working his way back.

    On his knee injury and the recovery process so far:

    "We were doing a full court drill, one of the drills that we do all the time. I planted to cut towards the basket and my knee buckled, I heard it pop and I fell to the ground."

    "The rehab is going well. It is a long process and it is hard to pace myself and not get ahead of myself. The coaches have to tell me all the time to not overdo it and do exactly what (athletic trainer) Tim Garl tells me to do. But I think I might be a little bit ahead of schedule so that makes it harder to tell myself to keep my pace and not do too much."

    On improving his upper body strength as part of the rehab:

    "I am definitely gaining muscle mass and gaining some strength, which will obviously help me down the road. I'm doing a lot of stretching and things like that to help my flexibility, which will in turn help me be more athletic on the court when I come back. That way I will be ready to go when I get back."

    On the biggest adjustments to the college game coming in as a freshman last year:

    "The strength and conditioning program was the biggest thing for me. And also balancing being a student while also working on my game and putting in the time to make sure I was getting better."

    On what he is doing to help the freshmen adapt to the college game:
    "I think now that all of us sophomores have a year under our belt, it is going to be easier for us to step up and lead and give insight into different things. We are able to tell them `hey, I went through this and here's the best way to handle it' and things like that. The older you get, the more you learn, so if you have someone older to guide you, then you learn that much faster. And that helps us come together as a team."



    On the importance of the trip to Canada to help the young team come together:

    "It is going to be good for us, especially for the freshmen. They are going to be able to find out how we do things on the road. There's no way to replicate a Big Ten road game, but the Canada trip will be a good way to show them the routine and travel with the guys. It will also show us who we are and what we need to work on and help us figure out what each of our roles on the team will be."

    On taking classes over the summer:

    "It is great. We are going to be here anyway, so it's a good way to get some more credits knocked out and get ahead of the game. It is a great program the more I think about it because you can graduate in three years and get into whatever it is you want to do."


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