Collin Hartman will return to the Indiana basketball team for the 2017-18 season, Peegs.com has learned.
Also, IU leading scorer James Blackmon Jr. is expected to put his name in for the 2017 NBA draft but not hire an agent, preserving his eligibility should he choose to return to college for his senior season.
Hartman, a 6-foot-7 forward from Indianapolis Cathedral, missed the entire 2016-17 season after suffering a major knee injuring before the season began.
Hartman’s decision to return gives first-year coach Archie Miller a strong veteran leader.
“We are thrilled that Collin has decided to come back and play next season,” Miller said. “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 went through senior night this past season, getting engaged on the court.
Hartman has going through rehabilitation twice as a college player. He had knee surgery after his freshman season as well.
“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,” Hartman said. “It is important that I am able to come back and perform at the level I was at before the injury occurred.”
In 2015-16, Hartman averaged 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds and is a career 40 percent (58-for-145) 3-point shooter after not making a 3-pointer as a freshman.
He started 24 games for the 2016 Big Ten regular-season champion.
“I’m so happy that Collin has made his decision to return to IU basketball to finish the last chapter of his basketball journey,” his mom, Melissa Compton, said.
Blackmon, a 6-foot-4 guard from Marion, Ind., has gotten NBA feedback after his first two college seasons.
He averaged a team-high 17 points per game as a junior, shooting 42.3 pcernt (91-for-215) from the arc. He is a career 41.5 percent (205-for-494) 3-point shooter.