Max Hoetzel signs Letter of Intent with Indiana

  • 11/14/2013 3:45 pm in

The last of three class of 2014 players expected to sign National Letters of Intent today with Indiana, Max Hoetzel made it official this afternoon by inking with the Hoosiers at Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Massachusetts.

Hoetzel, a 3-star prospect according to the 247Composite, committed to the program on Oct. 27 while on an official visit to Indiana.┬áHe joins guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson as Indiana’s other signees.

The 6-foot-7 shooter was under-recruited while at Calabasas (Calif.) High and transferred to Wilbraham and Monson this past August, where Indiana began recruiting him after a trip to Wilbraham originally intended to see then-target Goodluck Okonoboh.

The Hoosiers offered Hoetzel on Oct. 22 and┬áreceived his commitment only five days later, saying once he stepped out onto the court at Assembly Hall, he “knew it right away.”

Hoetzel signed his Letter of Intent in a school ceremony with Okonoboh, who Indiana recruited but instead chose to attend UNLV.


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  • shknqk

    I see spacing… ridiculous spacing… rob at the point… max in the baseline corner, JB on the wing. Troy/Hollowell wing slashing and Noah all alone with his man on that lonely block waiting to commit legal abuse on his defender.

    Welcome Brother Max… I think you have a cousin that preaches just outside of Ballantine Hall with Brother Dan… they will praise you with open arms upon your arrival.

  • Kelin Blab

    The one thing I like about Max’s game is he tries not to be just a shooter. I have seen him in the post and driving the ball. Good versatility.

  • Miamihoosier

    Just watched that Big Ten Elite special on the 2005 Illinois team. We’ve all been so paranoid about how many guards and wings we’ve recruited, but that team started 3 point guards, and they did OK. I think these 6″7 hybrid guys are going to dominate college b-ball in the coming years. Otto Porter, CJ Fair, Deshaun Thomas, Sam Dekker, Andrew Wiggings, the list goes on and on. They are match up nightmares, and if your team doesn’t have one, good luck picking your poison between a big or a little guarding them. We have a bunch. Jeremy Hollowell and Troy Williams will be pros, Devin Davis and Max, will be beasts as Juniors and Seniors. CTC really is staying ahead of the curve. You have to be impressed with his recruiting. He sees a weakness and goes out and fixes it immediately the following year. I think 2014 is the year we finally get the pay off for his strategies. The roster won’t be perfect, it never will be, but we’ll finally have the blend of talent, size, experience, shooting, and depth, to make a deep deep run. Can’t wait. I’ll be more excited for next year than last season.

  • Andrew

    Not only did they start 3 combo guards but the PF was only about 6’6″, Roger Powell. He was big and strong of course but the fact of the matter is that James Augustine was the only starter w/ height. Just proves as long as you have good basketball players, height and position don’t matter all that much (w/in reason, of course; you can’t start four 6’1 guys or something like that). Make the other team match up to you.

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    I honestly believe (and have for a while) we are going to look back in a couple of years and wonder why the Hoetzel offer was ever questioned.

    Not saying it’s wrong for folks to question it, but I really think he will turn into an excellent player before his time in Bloomington is done…..and other programs will wonder how they missed on him.

    We shall see……

  • Miamihoosier

    I agree. Robert Johnson started to dominate AAU there at the end of the season. If that dude is 5-star type good, and just happened to bloom late, I’d have no problem seeing the trio of Ferrell, he, and JBJ starting out there with Vonleh and Hollowell (a lot of guys would say Troy Williams starts over Hollowell in that scenario next year, but you gotta see the potential to have a Vince Carter off Carolina’s bench type potential there…..devastating)

  • iujunebug

    Welcome, officially, to the Hoosier Family!

  • Miamihoosier

    I hope you are right. The more “no names” Crean can turn in to pros, the better. He definitely has the tools, but like everyone else, it will likely come down to work ethic.

  • jmoney

    The Hoosiers have without a doubt landed the best shooting class of next year. Incorporate these guys with the pieces already in place and we’re looking at a very well-rounded squad. Good times ahead!

  • Dagwoods

    I don’t know if it was that Illinois team, or an earlier one, that was very good (Final Four team, I think) that didn’t have anyone over 6’6″ in the starting 5.

  • Dee McDonald

    My fingers are crossed and I keep repeating the phrase, “Please be Nik Stauskas” over and over again….can you imagine if he is that level with RJ and JBJ?? WOW! Could be a pipedream, but I’m just saying…

  • MillaRed

    OMG I never saw this coming.

  • Not sure what your reasoning is… for the ‘fingers crossed’ thing. I believe these guys will make you forget all about Niky boy Srauskas. Hey, Nik is good but he is NOT great. He had plenty of off nights. I believe the one game against IU he shot very poorly.. maybe like 1 for 6 or 8 kind of shooting? Not knocking him. but these guys I believe will turn out to be more pure shooter than anyone we’ve seen in quite some time. And, quick enough to create and get the shot off against most teams.

  • Dee McDonald

    I’ll take 11ppg max’s freshman year every day of the week and twice on Sundays. There aren’t a ton of guys that come into college as more of a pure shooter than Stauskas, so if that’s the case he has been intentional about not letting anyone know who he is. You would think by reading some of Hoosier nation’s opinions of him that he is the next Luke Hancock or JJ Reddick. The potential is there, but I’m under the impression that it is not a high level yet. I would love to be wrong.

  • G-Rob

    I agree, I think by the time Max steps foot in B-town he will be a 4 or maybe 5 star recruit. If he keeps growing and continues to add to his game he has a chance to be a special player. This recruiting season was up and down and had a lot of IU fans frustrated and worried but in the end I think all three recruits will make us forget about the 2014 recruiting battles that took place.

  • jgong

    Haha Brother Dan is he still there?

  • Dee McDonald

    Boy, our definitions of good and great are not the same. I would say Stauskas was one of the top shooters in the freshman class in actuality, not necessarily ranking or scouting wise, but in actual performance. Maybe I’m off base, but I’d have a hard time naming 5 better shooters in that class.

  • If you define a pure shooter as someone whose only redeeming quality is his long-range shooting ability, then Stauskus is the best in the country, any age, any level. How good of a shooter is he? timed 46 threes in a row outside in the rain… Everyone has off nights. not great (yet) at creating his own shots or shooting over defenders, but we’re talking pure shooters here. NBA scouts and players say the same. I doubt Max can match Stauskus’ freshman production, but like Dee said, fingers crossed.

  • Hoosier heritage

    Welcome Max! Looking forward to you lighting it up in Assembly Hall.

  • lawlson

    yeah, I’ve seen him a few times this semester.

  • Snookafly

    Yeah, UCLA started five players under 6’5″ in the ’63-’64 season and went undefeated.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Congrats to Max Hoetzel and welcome to the Hoosier family.

    Just a quick side note, Goodluck Okonoboh’s future team (UNLV) lost an exhibition game to Dixie State and then was blown out by the UCSB Gauchos and booed off their home floor. Best of luck to Goodluck with the Rebels (not being sarcastic, I just thought it was interesting that they are off to such a dreadful start).

  • Andrew

    50 years ago…zero relevance to today’s game.

  • Snookafly

    Is it because they use the new anti-gravity ball with the laser hoop, or is it the great genetic leaps humans have evolved through in the past 5 decades?