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IU’s Collin Hartman cleared for full contact

NCAA Basketball Tournament - East Regional - Indiana v North Carolina

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 25: Collin Hartman #30 of the Indiana Hoosiers shoots the ball against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament East Regional at Wells Fargo Center on March 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Indiana forward Collin Hartman had only highlight last season, although it was a good one.

It was when he proposed to his girlfriend on senior night in front of the Assembly Hall crowd.

That moment salvaged a senior season that scrapped in September when he went down with a non-contact knee injury in practice. He underwent surgery at the end of that month, and over the weekend, he was cleared for full-contact drills, according to Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star.

He will be brought back slowly, as he’ll be one of the key pieces of the IU defense and a leader in the locker room as a fifth-year senior this season.

Rising junior forward Juwan Morgan described Hartman’s absence last season to reporters on Tuesday, per the Indy Star: “That annoying guy that you always hated hearing, but you knew he was right. “That’s what we always missed last year.”

During the 2015-16 season, the 6-foot-7 Hartman started 24 of 35 games for the Hoosiers, averaging 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds for a team that eventually reached the Sweet 16.

Indiana finished with an 18-16 (7-11 Big Ten) record this past season. Archie Miller replaced Tom Crean as head coach in late March.