Freshman wing Max Hoetzel is leaving the Indiana program to seek more playing time.
Hoetzel becomes the second Indiana player to leave the program this week as it was announced on Wednesday that sophomore Stanford Robinson would transfer.
Indiana confirmed the news of his departure in a release.
“We were always impressed with Max’s upside and potential but unfortunately in his view it did not turn into the extended minutes he wanted,” Tom Crean said. “He would like to find a clear cut opportunity to play more and we hope he finds that. He is a hard worker who we hope will fulfill his potential and have the chance to play closer to his family.”
Sophomore guard Stanford Robinson is leaving the Indiana program, Inside the Hall has learned. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
According to a release by Indiana, Robinson has requested a release from his scholarship in order to transfer to a school closer to home where he can earn more playing time.
“I respect Stan’s desire to contribute more on the court and understand that the opportunity to play closer to your family is something he would like to have happen,” Tom Crean said in the release. “I think he has grown a great deal and matured in the two years he has been a part of the program and I hope he takes his experiences at Indiana University to remind him of what he can accomplish not only as a basketball player, but as a human being.”
Robinson averaged 3.0 points and 1.9 rebounds for the Hoosiers last season. IU’s release states that he’ll continue to use the team’s facilities and have access to academic support through the end of the semester.
Indiana associate head coach Steve McClain will accept the head coaching position at Illinois-Chicago and will be announced as its new coach on Wednesday, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported on Saturday morning.
Update: UIC has confirmed the news:
Welcome Steve McClain as UIC's 11th Head Men's Basketball Coach. pic.twitter.com/ALjFXjPsiv
— UIC Men's Basketball (@UICFlamesMBB) March 23, 2015
McClain has been a part of Indiana’s coaching staff since April 2010, initially joining as an assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach status in July 2012.
The 2014-2015 season was McClain’s 34th coaching college basketball, as he originally came to Bloomington from Colorado, where for three years he was a part of the staff and was the acting head coach during part of the 2009-2010 season.
Prior to his stop in Boulder, McClain served as the head coach at the University of Wyoming, From 1998-2007, he led the Cowboys to a 157-115 record, two Mountain West Conference regular season titles and four postseason appearances.
OMAHA, Neb. — Indiana had come back from the brink.
After a 15-3 run late in the second half put No. 7 seed Wichita State up by as many as eight points on Friday in the NCAA tournament second round, the No. 10 seed Hoosiers had clawed their way back once more. They trailed by two with less than a minute to go, needing a stop to extend their season.
But in an aspect of their game they struggled with against the Shockers — and throughout much of this season — they could not get that stop they desperately needed.
And the Hoosiers could never get over that hump, their 2014-2015 campaign ending with an 81-76 loss to the Shockers.
“At the end of the day, we should have been playing better defense,” junior Yogi Ferrell said. “They scored so many points inside. If we could have got more stops in a row, which is what we wanted to do, and knocked down a couple of shots, we could have been right there.”
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OMAHA, Neb. — Indiana’s wait is just about over.
After a one-year absence from the NCAA tournament, the Hoosiers will make their debut in the 2015 edition of the “Big Dance” this afternoon as they face Wichita State at 2:45 p.m. ET in the CenturyLink Center.
It’s a moment that Indiana’s veterans been waiting for since their exit in the Sweet Sixteen in 2013. For Indiana’s newcomers over the past two seasons, it’s one they have been waiting for their entire lives.
“When I came to college, I assumed I would be in the NCAA tournament at some point,” junior Nick Zeisloft said. “And now it’s finally here. I’m excited and it doesn’t really matter the venue, even though this is one of the greatest ones out here. I’ve played here before and it’s going to be a great atmosphere.”
The glory of playing in the NCAA tournament is something many of the Hoosiers dreamt of growing up. Only juniors Yogi Ferrell and Hanner Mosquera-Perea have experienced it in their careers.
Throughout the week, they have told their teammates of what that experience is like. For some, it’s exactly what they came to Bloomington for.
OMAHA, Neb. — A bit less than two years ago, Yogi Ferrell played in his first NCAA tournament game. He was a freshman at the time, one of Indiana’s least-experienced players on a No. 1 seed squad.
Yet he was a starter on that 2012-2013 Hoosiers team, playing against No. 16 seed James Madison.
On Friday afternoon, Ferrell will make his return to the “Big Dance” when the No. 10 seed Hoosiers play No. 7 seed Wichita State. He is one of just two remaining Indiana players from that eventual Sweet Sixteen team.
Now he is one of the current Hoosiers’ leaders, and Ferrell on Thursday reminisced about his first NCAA tournament game. He said there is plenty he can take from that experience as they prepare for the Shockers.
“I remember the first game we played, JMU, I was going out there and playing for my teammates, really,” he said. “I feel like if we can do that, play for each other, play desperate, play like we don’t want to go home, we can win.”
From the time the Hoosiers’ name was announced on Sunday evening during the NCAA tournament selection show, both Ferrell and Hanner Mosquera-Perea knew they could help their teammates prepare for the Shockers.