One Hoosier returns and two others go down. It's been that kind of an offseason for the Indiana men's basketball program as official practice gets underway this afternoon.
“We have not had a healthy team yet,” head coach Tom Crean said earlier today. “That goes from the season ended in Philadelphia to when we get started today.
“We never went up and down the court this summer with 5-on-5 because we never had enough healthy guys to do that.”
The newest guy on the shelf is junior college transfer Freddie McSwain.
“Freddie McSwain is not able to go right now. He had knee surgery. He is going to be back fairly soon but he had to have some stuff—he had some issues in the past before he ever got here and it flared back up, so we had to get that taken care of. He’s a couple weeks away.”
McSwain had been impressive before the surgery.
“He looks like an NFL tight end,” Crean said. “Came in here and set the squat record.
“Freddie is really strong, active and athletic. He’s going to make our defense better.”
Hartman situation chokes up Crean
Earlier this week Indiana confirmed that Collin Hartman underwent surgery on his left knee and Crean had difficulty talking about the situation today.
“With Collin going down, it’s hard, it is just hard. I just love that kid. He’s been through so much.
“I know you’re going to ask me about timelines. I don’t have a timeline because I am most concerned right now about his mindset. He just got back here. That young guy was putting so much in getting ready to be our senior leader.”
A medical redshirt may eventually be an option though the coach was reluctant to go too far into that discussion. Especially with someone like Hartman who already has earned a degree.
“Long term (option) if it gets to that, absolutely,” Crean said. “But again he’s a senior and it has to be something down the road that he wants.
"You can speculate the moment it happens but It’s too early to put a real timeline on what we’re really dealing with. Because he is a senior, let’s see how he responds to the rehabilitation. But that (medical redshirt) is certainly on the table for sure down the road.”
Johnson a go, Morgan not yet
Robert Johnson said recently he was close to returning to full go with the lower leg injury he aggravated late last season and Crean had good news on that front. But Juwan Morgan’s shoulder still has some healing to do following offseason surgery.
“Rob (Johnson) just got cleared last Monday. James (Blackmon) has been cleared for a couple weeks. Juwan Morgan is not cleared at least for a few more weeks. At the very least.”