Collin Hartman had a breakout spring and summer. Playing for the Indiana Elite 15 and Under team, his all-around excellence and tremendous shooting attracted numerous coaches. The early notoriety hasn't been a burden.
"Yeah, it's fun. It's an interesting process. My mom is helping me through the whole process, trying to make sure I don't make a mistake and regret it ten years down the road. I'm just going to be a sophomore, so I have a little time."
His mom played at a high level with Butler before blowing out her knees and requiring 6 surgeries. She has been a driving force throughout Hartman's basketball career. In fact, she is one of only two coaches he has ever had.
Hartman is a natural athlete, but his mom has helped him expand his knowledge of the game far beyond his teammates. Despite his early stardom, he is willing to help out wherever needed. He plays center for his AAU team and is a willing defender and rebounder.
"I do what I have to do. My mom didn't raise me that way. I don't really have a choice. It's fun though. I just do what my coach says, whatever he needs me to do."
With tremendous court awareness, Hartman has a feel for his teammates and a willingness to share the rock. Some of that may be coaching, but much comes naturally to him.
"Yeah. I've always wanted to see my teammates and know where they're at. I guess it was my inheritance."
Besides his passing, the Indianapolis Cathedral product offers his other best traits.
"Shooting, my versatility. Being able to take my guy out on the wing if he's bigger than me, and if not I can post them up."
Hartman, who will someday man a shooting guard or small forward position, is already 6'-6" but wouldn't object to more growth.
"Yeah, I hope so. Maybe another inch or two will help me. I'll be fine where I'm at."
The highly intelligent Hartman has already put deep thought into his future college decision.
"It would have to be personal off the court and on the court. You have to be energetic. You have to love the game. I would have to like the guys and get along with them so I can fit in and hang out away from basketball. Academically, it has to be prestigious. It just has to be an all-around good school. Most schools are."
Illinois coach Bruce Weber offered him a scholarship and hosted him for an unofficial visit in June. He liked the offer and the visit.
"That was cool. I like their program, I like the college there. I've talked to some of the guys. I went up and down with them. I talked to them to see what they liked and what they didn't like. What they would have done if they were in my situation."
Hartman already boasts several scholarship offers.
"Illinois, IU, Purdue, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Butler. It's just around here. I like to meet new people and travel."
Wherever he ends up, Hartman will have put a great deal of thought into it. With his excellent support system, he will make a sound decision.
"My family won't let me go without thinking everything through."