Max Bielfeldt to visit Indiana on Sunday

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Michigan graduate transfer Max Bielfeldt, who won an appeal that will allow him to transfer within the Big Ten, will visit Indiana on Sunday according to a report from Jon Rothstein.

Bielfeldt confirmed his plans to visit in a text message to Inside the Hall on Saturday afternoon.

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

Bielfeldt, a native of Peoria, Illinois, visited Nebraska earlier this week and is also considering DePaul and Iowa State, among others.

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Right call made in dismissals of Davis, Mosquera-Perea

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The message sent from IU announcing the dismissals of Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea on Thursday was succinct. It needed no further explanation.

Enough is enough.

In less than 35 words, the program announced Davis and Mosquera-Perea failed to live up to their responsibilities. Effective immediately, they were no longer part of the team.

Both players were given second chances by Tom Crean to remain with the program after making mistakes that exhibited a lack of judgement. In Mosquera-Perea’s case, it was operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol on Feb. 14, 2014, which could have resulted – but fortunately did not – in a serious injury. And in the case of Davis, it was a disregard for Crean’s advice for 20 minutes earlier that night of what to steer clear of on Halloween night. In the early morning hours of Nov. 1, 2014, Davis was involved in a serious accident that also involved alcohol.

With their poor decisions this week, when Davis was cited for possession of marijuana in an on-campus housing building with Mosquera-Perea also present, both players showed that getting a second chance meant more to Crean than it did to them. And in the process, Davis and Mosquera-Perea lost their futures in Bloomington.

The decision to dismiss them had to be made. They had run out of chances to remain a part of the program.

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Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea dismissed from Indiana

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Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea have been dismissed from the Indiana men’s basketball program for “not living up to their responsibilities to the program,” IU announced late Thursday afternoon.

“Indiana men’s basketball announces that sophomore Devin Davis and senior Hanner Mosquera-Perea have been dismissed from the program effective immediately for not living up to their responsibilities to the program,” a release stated.

Davis was cited on Monday evening for possession of marijuana when officers arrived at a dormitory room on IU’s campus after receiving a complaint about the smell of burnt marijuana. Mosquera-Perea, who was not cited, was with Davis in that room.

Indiana announced an indefinite suspension for Davis on Tuesday and also said that it was reviewing Mosquera-Perea’s involvement in the incident.

Davis, a Warren Central product, missed the entire 2014-2015 season following his involvement in a car accident in the early hours of Nov. 1, 2014, after which he has battled a traumatic brain injury.

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Recruiting notebook: New offers, final class of 2015 rankings

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The two April evaluation periods have concluded, but it has still been an active week on the recruiting front for Indiana.

According to multiple reports, the Hoosiers have offered three new scholarships this week. The new offers include class of 2016 forward Tony Bradley of Bartow (Fla.), class of 2017 forward Justin Smith of Adlai Stevenson (Ill.) and class of 2017 guard Mitchell Ballock of Eudlow (Kan.).

Bradley (pictured) is ranked the No. 31 prospect in his class according to the 247Composite and Ballock is ranked No. 30 in those same rankings for the junior class.

According to his profile on 247Sports, Bradley has more than 20 scholarship offers. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound big man is averaging 12.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for E1T1 Elite in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) this spring.

Ballock, a 6-foot-4 guard who plays AAU for KC Run GMC, is averaging 12.4 points and 6.8 rebounds this spring on the Under Armour Association circuit. Ballock also has offers from Kansas, Iowa State and Creighton, among others.

The 6-foot-7, 200-pound Smith is playing up a year on the Mac Irvin Fire Nike EYBL team and is averaging 9.9 points and 3.3 rebounds through 12 games.

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Indiana to play at Duke in 2015 Big Ten-ACC Challenge

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Indiana’s opponent for the 2015 Big Ten-ACC Challenge will be Duke, ESPN announced on Wednesday.

It will be the first meeting between the two programs since 2006, when Duke knocked off the Hoosiers 54-51 in Durham in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

The game will be played at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday, Dec. 2. A tip time and broadcast information will be announced at a later date.

The Blue Devils won their fifth NCAA championship in April with a 68-63 win over Wisconsin at Lucas Oil Stadium. There will be plenty of production for Mike Krzyzewski to replace as Quinn Cook graduated and Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones all left early for the NBA draft.

Duke will return just one starter in Matt Jones, but will also bring back a pair of experienced big men in Amile Jefferson and Marshall Plumlee along with Grayson Allen, who was a pivotal contributor in the Final Four.

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Max Hoetzel transferring to San Diego State

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Former Indiana forward Max Hoetzel will continue his college career at San Diego State, he announced today on his Instagram account.

Hoetzel averaged 2.4 points and 1.3 rebounds for the Hoosiers last season and chose the Aztecs over Rice and UNLV.

The Calabasas (Calif.) native was a member of IU’s 2014 recruiting class that also included Emmitt Holt, James Blackmon Jr., Jeremiah April, Robert Johnson and Tim Priller.

He appeared in 31 games at Indiana and shot 34.5 percent on 3-point field goals in 7.7 minutes per game.

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Devin Davis cited for possession of marijuana, suspended indefinitely

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Indiana forward Devin Davis, who missed all of last season following a traumatic brain injury, was cited for possession of marijuana on Monday night by the IU police department.

The news was first reported by Mike Miller of The Herald-Times.

Davis was cited just after 8 p.m. after the IU police department was called to Hickory Hall, which is on Union Street. According to IUPD, officers could smell marijuana coming from an open second floor window and found marijuana in Davis’ backpack. He was cited for marijuana possession under 30 grams and will have a court date.

IU announced early Tuesday afternoon that Davis has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities.

“We have been made aware that Indiana sophomore Devin Davis was cited by IUPD for possession of marijuana in an IU dormitory room last evening,” IU media relations said in a statement. “Effective immediately, Davis has been suspended from all team activities. Any additional action related to Davis’ status will occur after further review of this matter. We understand that junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea was present at the time of the incident but was not charged by IUPD. Mosquera-Perea’s role, if any, will also be reviewed as part of this matter.”

Davis, a product of Warren Central, was hospitalized for 19 days following an accident last November that also involved Emmitt Holt, but was able to return to school for the second semester and even dressed for IU’s final regular season game against Michigan State.

He also traveled with the team for several games during the second semester.

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