According to a release put out by Indiana, Hoosier’s forward Collin Hartman has suffered a left knee injury. A status on his condition will be revealed at a later time.
This is the complete statement Indiana released via IUHoosiers.com:
Senior forward Collin Hartman injured his left knee Tuesday in a non-contact drill during individual workouts. He will continue to be evaluated and his condition will be updated at an appropriate time.
— IndyStar Sports (@IndyStarSports) September 21, 2016
Considering head coach Tom Crean is losing Troy Williams from last season, and the fact that James Blackmon is working back from his own knee injury (although progressing), Hartman was to provide some major stability at the wing spot.
Hartman is considered the glue-guy for the Hoosiers, as he plays his role well and gives the team what they need at the moment. So this is not the injury Crean wants to deal with as the season approaches.
Any extended length of absence of Hartman will affect the depth of the Hoosiers. If Hartman is to be out for an extended period of time, a prime beneficiary of his available minutes may go to junior college transfer Freddie McSwain.
Hartman, a 6’7”, 215-pound senior forward from Indianapolis, Indiana is coming off a junior campaign in which he averaged 5.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Noted as a gifted shooter, Hartman also shot 45.1 percent from the field, 35.8 percent from three-point range and 84.2 percent from the free-throw line last season.
The Hoosiers will open their 2016-17 season when they play Kansas in the Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii on November 11.