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.”
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Emmitt Holt.
Holt (29 games): 3.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 65% FG, 13.5 OR% in 11.4 minutes per game.
When Indiana departed for its tour of Montreal and Ottawa in early August of last year, the Hoosiers did so without their two best post options for the upcoming season.
Junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea was unable to make the trip due to Visa issues and Emmitt Holt was preparing for a postgraduate season at Vermont Academy. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Holt didn’t even emerge as a legitimate option for the Hoosiers until August, when reports began to surface that IU, in need of interior help, had inquired about bringing him to campus as a potential addition to the 2014 recruiting class.
Things progressed quickly from there as Holt committed on August 20 and arrived on campus shortly thereafter for the start of the fall semester. “My parents always told me that the worst feeling in life is to look back and say ‘I wonder’ because once doors close it’s rare they are reopened,” he wrote on his Twitter account on the day he made his pledge to the Hoosiers.
His freshman season got off to a rocky start as he was the driver in the accident on Nov. 1 that sidelined teammate Devin Davis for the year, a traumatic event that had to take a toll on Holt.
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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Max Hoetzel.
Hoetzel (31 games): 2.4 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 51.8% eFG, 71.4% FT, 34.5 3PFG% in 7.7 minutes per game.
It was in Max Hoetzel’s first game at Indiana that the freshman showed what he could be for the Hoosiers.
Against Mississippi Valley State in the season opener, Hoetzel would score 19 points off the bench, five of his baskets coming from 2s and another from behind the arc. He also recorded nine rebounds (three offensive boards), along with an assist and a steal. But that was the most production the Hoosiers would see from Hoetzel all season.
A 6-foot-8 freshman originally from Calabasas, Calif, Hoetzel came into Indiana via Wilbraham and Monson (Mass.) Academy. And his coach, Chris Sparks immediately warned that the future Hoosier would have to improve his strength significantly.
It’s eventually what held Hoetzel out of significant minutes this season.
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.
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. First up: Robert Johnson.
Johnson (34 games): 8.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 52.9% eFG, 65.1% FT, 38.8 3PFG% in 27 minutes per game.
A top 50 recruit from Richmond, Virginia, Robert Johnson came to Bloomington and made his impact felt immediately. We had our first glimpse at the role Johnson would occupy back in August during IU’s trip to Montreal when he did a little bit of everything in averaging 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game over five exhibition games.
The coaching staff showed confidence in Johnson from the season’s onset as he started in a three-guard set alongside Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon Jr.
His second game in an IU uniform produced his best offensive output of the season as he torched Texas Southern for 21 points at Assembly Hall on 8-of-13 shooting. He also had three other key offensive performances in Big Ten play as he went for 14 at Nebraska in the conference opener, 20 at home in a win over Penn State and 19 at home in a win over Minnesota.
But while Johnson was effective as a scorer when he asserted himself, his role was more complementary than that of a featured piece of IU’s offense. With plenty of other offensive help around him, Johnson never forced the issue and often chose the role of facilitator rather than looking for his own shot. His overall numbers reflect that as he took 162 fewer shots than Blackmon Jr. despite playing only 72 fewer minutes on the season.
In this special edition of the show – which was broadcast live last night over at The Assembly Call – Morris is joined by Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich and Chronic Hoosier for a recap of IU’s season and a look ahead to the offseason. Among the topics discussed:
· How IU’s season should be viewed as a whole
· Whether Indiana’s defense can make major improvements over the offseason
· Potential NBA decisions for Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams and program attrition
· What adding a player like Thomas Bryant would mean for next season
And plenty more, so tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at email@example.com.