INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Hoosiers got some good news on Thursday as redshirt senior Colin Hartman announced that he would return to Bloomington for a sixth year of eligibility. Hartman, injured his knee back in September in a non-contract drill, as the injury sidelined him for the entire 2016-2017 season.
“This is something that I had been leaning toward since before the season had ended and I needed to make sure that I could fully dedicate myself both mentally and physically to the process,” said Hartman who started 24 games for the eventual Big Ten champions in 2016, averaging 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. “It is important that I am able to come back and perform at the level I was at before the injury occurred.”
The injury wasn’t Hartman’s first knee problem in college — he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee shortly after his freshman season in 2014. He rehabilitated quickly enough to appear in 32 games during the 2014-15 season.
“We are thrilled that Collin has decided to come back and play next season,” said IU Coach Archie Miller. “Having an individual who has won a Big Ten championship and had success in the NCAA Tournament gives our program a big lift. He brings leadership and intangibles that can do nothing but help us achieve our goals.”
Hartman who earned his bachelor’s degree in May, 2016, will continue his pursuit of a graduate degree.