Notebook: Injury updates, and more

Get injury updates on Collin Hartman, Max Hoetzel and Jeremiah April. Plus, some crazy numbers from Thursday night's second half.

Lost in the big scoring performances by James Blackmon Jr. and Nick Zeisloft Thursday night was the return of sophomore forward Collin Hartman.

Hartman, who tore his ACL during a workout last March, returned to the court in Indiana's 94-60 exhibition win over Northwood University at Assembly Hall.

Hartman didn't score in his 19 minutes, but he did have three rebounds in a steal in his first game back.

"This was way ahead of schedule for him to even be ready, in my mind, compared to where his injury was," Indiana coach Tom Crean said afterward. "Collin has done a phenomenal job. Collin has worked with a great mindset of getting better. Did everything he had to do rehabilitation-wise.

"Anything with Collin right now is a bonus to me. We're somewhat on a minute limit with him, and it's not specific, but it's kind of based on where he's at. We're not rushing him, but it was great to see him go out there and be active and play with freedom. Those 19 minutes were good."

Other injury updates

Indiana was without freshmen Jeremiah April (ankle) and Max Hoetzel (undisclosed) for injury reasons on Thursday night. Crean said he hopes to have Hoetzel back next week but there is still no timetable for April's return. April missed much of the summer.

"Max is more about strength right now and getting mobility where it needs from his injury, and Jeremiah's just really getting more comfortable with cutting, with the speed," Crean said.

Zeisloft, Blackmon dominant in second half

Blackmon Jr. (26 points) and Zeisloft (24 points) led Indiana in scoring Thursday night, and both players did significant, efficient damage in the second half. Consider these numbers for Blackmon Jr. and Zeisloft combined in the second half:

30 points
8-10 FG
4-6 3-pointers
10-10 FT
4 steals
1 turnover

That's some crazy stuff from a couple of guys playing their first career games at Assembly Hall. The nerves may have been there in the first half for Zeisloft, but they were gone by the second half.

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