Bielfeldt eliminates DePaul, will use weekend to make decision

  • 05/22/2015 9:20 pm in

Michigan graduate transfer Max Bielfeldt has eliminated one school from his list and will take the weekend to make his decision, according to multiple reports.

Bielfeldt told Brendan F. Quinn of MLive.com that he’s no longer considering DePaul, which means he’ll choose from a final three of Indiana, Iowa State and Nebraska. He visited each of those schools.

His decision, which he originally planned to have in the days following his visit to Bloomington, is likely to come after this weekend.

The 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward averaged 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game last season for the Wolverines and will be eligible immediately. He was granted his release from Michigan in late April after it was announced that Caris LeVert would return for his senior season.

Indiana has two open scholarships for next season following the dismissals of Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

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  • inLinE6

    Haven’t see much of his game. How is he compared to Perea?

  • Lance76

    I would really like to see Max join the team and contribute. Adding size and maturity would help to balance the roster. For the other scholarship, someone like Noah Dickerson would allow development and balance in the coming years. With the departure of DD & HMP the roster has once again found imbalance.

  • Hawk4

    Max would be a HUGE get for IU. At this time of year and with a thin front line, Max would be beneficial to help prep TB for what he is going to see. I like Holt, but see Max as a better backup this year. Holt will get his chance, and against teams with size, IU would have the flexibility to put 2 of the 3 on the floor together at times…

  • Ole Man

    Not as good a shooter. Slower. Less athletic. Everything else is about even.
    He’s really not 6’8; more like 6’7.
    Think about it–if he could only get 14+ minutes a game on last years’ Mich squad which was really depleted, can he be that good?

  • Oldguyy

    Better post defense, but blocks a lot fewer shots. Similar 2 point shooting; gets an occasional 3 pointer. Much better passer, commits significantly fewer turnovers, better FT shooter, commits fewer fouls. The sort of steady player that would make a good backup in the front line.

  • marcusgresham

    The elimination of DePaul would indicate he’s more interested in winning than logging bigger minutes.

  • At the Quarries

    When I first read your post, I thought to myself Max can’t be a better FT shooter at .688 (last year). Only then did I look up Hanner’s FT% and realized that he was worse at .575.

  • At the Quarries

    IU would probably offer him the optimal combination of minutes, winning and exposure and future connections.

  • MadMaxfor3

    He’s a role player and nothing more. We don’t need another TB. He’s an experienced and B1G ready guy that brings leadership and energy to the team. He turns the ball over less than Perea and is probably a more fundamentally sound defender. Id take a one year guy who plugs a hole in the lineup and does his job. As for the height thing…. *mic drop*

  • Ben thorne

    Though I really like what I think EH will become with more game time

  • Hoosier Hall

    More minutes at Nebraska, toss up between Iowa St and IU for success and exposure.

  • Corey Dunigan

    1. Won’t have to worry about what he is doing in his free time. 2. Why not. 3. Need bigs in practice. 4. 1
    year of scholly, he’s not a hs project, one yr. Pass or fail

  • At the Quarries

    Justin Albers reporting that Ed Smith (Thon Maker’s guardian) has said to Adam Zagoria that Thon will be staying in college for at least 1 1/2 years. Quote from Ed Smith:

    “I deal mostly with [assistant coach] Chuck [Martin of Indiana] and Chuck says mid-year or next year [fall 2016] is all good and they have a plan in place for for [Maker]. So that’s his basic plan with that. If he came in mid-year, they would ease him into it, knowing that he has a year-and-a-half plan.

    “We all know basketball. It’s hard to come in and miss the summer, miss the fall and come in mid-year. That’s ridiculous to try to come in and make a jump like that. If we go full year [beginning 2016-17], then he’s there for the whole year. There’s not a time clock on when he goes [to college] or when he doesn’t.”

  • marcusgresham

    Not sure, but I would think a masters from Indiana would be better academically than Nebraska or Iowa State.

  • TomJameson

    http://mgoblog.com/content/picture-p…ng-ball-screen

    This is a link to a Michigan blog that mentions Max and his defensive play. Pretty good examples of defending the on-ball screen. Mich does this well, and evidently Max is pretty darn good at it also. Remember, he is a senior, plays good defense, and is a wide body (245 lbs).

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t know if I believe he’ll be in college for a year and a half but if there’s that potential I think it would be a huge mistake to pass on the chance to get him.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I realize I’m biased, but IU is far and away the best combination of basketball potential success & education — sorry Iowa State & Nebraska— your schools are not on the same level academics wise.

  • Hoosierkamp

    I dont people realize how much we need a large body as depth like him. He would be extremely important to our success.

  • marcusgresham

    I agree—if for no other reason than to allow everyone else to play where they more naturally fit (Emmitt at the 4, Williams & Hartman at the 3, etc.)

  • TomJameson

    I agree as well. Max is big – 245 lbs is nothing to sneeze at. And, the best part of all, is that he knows how to play defense without committing fouls. He won’t be a scorer, but he will be a good defender and provide quality minutes as a reliever. That will be a very important job this year, depth in the center!

  • JBishop0425

    Have we heard any update on his decision? Thought we would have had it yesterday or today.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    I’m of the same opinion. I fear no news is not good news in this case–I think he would be a solid addition to be a contributor in practice and in some limited game minutes.