Video: Robert Johnson, Max Hoetzel talk IU futures at Derby Festival Basketball Classic practice

  • 04/16/2014 7:07 pm in

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Future Indiana teammates Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel are just two hours south of Bloomington this week as participants in the 2014 Derby Festival Basketball Classic, which is Friday night at Freedom Hall.

Inside the Hall was in attendance for the first Derby Festival practice on Wednesday afternoon and caught up with both Johnson and Hoetzel to discuss a variety of topics.

Watch interviews with both Hoosier signees below:

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  • PV Mike

    I love Robert being humble but very confident. If Max shoots anything like Steve Novak that will be lights out. Add these 2 with James Blackmon and shooting should not be a problem next year. Rebounding? That is a different story.

  • IUfanToby

    More made shots = fewer rebounds 🙂

  • SCHoosier

    Great attitudes..obvious talent..get these guys to B-town and let’em rip!

  • Jordan

    RJ will be one of my favorite hoosiers to watch in a couple years.

  • kaponya44

    Hard to not like these guys ..Great attitudes as mentioned thus far in the replies ..Love the friendly competitiveness by Max .He does not appear to be as intense as Sheehey but he has a swagger about him.My cousin called it the ” s*** eating grin ” a lot like Cody had …Cody’s grin came off as a smirk to opposing fans I am friends with …Almost a subtle show of an edge ..I hope Max plays with a chip on his shoulder over being left out of the top 100 and keeps growing into a 6-10 or 6-11 guy .LOL The 3(including JBJ) seem to be in consensus feeling they’re the best shooting class of 2014.

  • Kelin Blab

    Max….”I’m Winning it”………

    Absolutely a kid I can root for….

  • ForeverIU

    Wow, Max, 6-8, 205 lb, hoping to add another 10 lbs and maybe still growing. Who needs another big? lol.

  • kaponya44

    LOL I thought the same thing when he said that.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    Max = the new Will. That would be nice…

  • Bryce Kepner

    Max has a lot of confidence and I love the fact that he states he’s gonna shoot a lot of the deep ball. It will be nice to have a shooter that isn’t afraid to shoot the ball

  • MillaRed

    Great stuff Alex thanks. Breath of fresh air.

  • William Hagenmaier

    who is steve novack???????????

  • N71

    He played at Marquette and is a 6’10” deep ball specialist that’s had a decent NBA career. From the highlights its hard to tell what else he can do.

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    RJ is going to be a monster…..write it down.

  • CreanFaithful

    Max is gonna get some minutes at the 4 this year… Book it!

  • IUDan

    I love both of these guys … With Max up to 6’8 I wonder if we’ll see him spending some time at the 4 as well? I kept thinking of him as strictly a perimeter player, but sounds like he will be pretty versatile …

    Excited to get these guys on campus! Great attitudes and seem like really good guys.

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    Completely agree…..this is the first time in a while that I’ve smiled about Indiana basketball.

    Needed that.

  • HoosierGrampy

    His comment certainly represents the “shooter’s mentality”…next one’s gonna drop.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Having listened to each of these young men being interviewed, it’s easy to like their attitudes and stated willingness to do the work to get the “Team and themselves” better. I remember a comment Bo Ryan made regarding why he doesn’t often go after the high profile recruits, and he said that he’s not interested in signing kids who have all the answers when they arrive in Madison…he prefers to find players who want to ask some questions now and then. Each of these young men fit that mold. Got a feeling that the lights in Cook Hall will be burning 24/7 very soon.

  • With Kenny Johnson potentially leaving, it worries me about Rob Johnson. His fathers comments made it pretty clear that Coach Johnson was the reason he felt comfortable sending his son so far away.

  • CreanFaithful

    Alex already checked into that. Doesn’t sound like it would be an issue. Plus he already signed the dotted line…

  • Candy Striped Kid

    Johnson sounded like Watford when he said “most definitely”

  • ForeverIU

    I thought about that …

  • Katie M.

    RoJo’s shot actually looks a lot like Christian’s to me. Pulls the ball from too far down for my tastes, but I’m sure we’ll work on that with him. Looks like both of these guys will be good additions to the team!

  • Rie

    I actually expect him to log time at the four, especially based on our rotations last year. He would be the reliable floor-spacing four that we have been missing since Wat (hopefully). Consider me cautiously optimistic.

  • IUMIKE1

    Guess maybe being too poor to have the forum fix has left me out of the loop on this development. What’s the scoop, has KJ had other offers ?

  • FinEndNow

    Lets just hope both actually shoot the ball. I got real sick of kids not shooting when wide open. AE was open(and a 3pt shooter) and still wouldnt shoot. Troy and Stan would be wide open and not shoot but would have given us a chance for an offensive rebound. This year we need guys shooting. Yogi, JBJ, RJ, Stan, Troy and Hoetz need to shoot 3’s. Even DD needs to be shooting 3’s. I trust Hanner to shoot from 17 feet out and if he’s wide open then he might as well. If you dont shoot the ball it’ll ever go in.

  • FinEndNow

    He shot one shot this year within 3 feet and missed(was a game tying tip in). But he was a huge part of what the Knicks did last year when they won 54 games. Would be nice if Hoetz could shoot like him but play better D.

  • CreanFaithful

    Hearing several teams are expressing interest, but Louisville and Maryland seem to making the biggest push. IU has expressed they intend to match offers, but the UL job would be a step up in the ranks (position).

  • Bled4IU

    If it is just an offer that matches the one he already has, how is UL a step up in the ranks?

  • CreanFaithful

    Higher up the coaching ladder. He is considered the 3rd assistant at IU. Kevin Keats was the assistant head coach to Pitino that took a head coaching job. That’s how I understand it at least…

  • Bled4IU

    got ya

  • IUDan

    It definitely sounds like that is part of the plan …

  • Bled4IU

    I’ve said this before on here and will say it again, K Johnson is Crean’s most valuable assistant because of his recruiting abilities. Since, we evidently don’t have any assistants on staff that are great at X’s & O’s or if they are, we don’t have any that know how to get thru to Coach Crean. So IU need’s to promote Coach Johnson on the coaching scale. Not bashing Crean, I actually like Crean as our coach, great with PR, recruiting, & can see talent and develop it. Just haven’t been to impressed by the assistants, other than KJ.

  • SCHoosier

    In his comments on this post..Rob mentions Crean..not Kenny.

  • marcusgresham

    If Coach Kenny leaves I would make it a priority to replace him with someone taller than 6’9″ who could be considered a specialist with big guys.
    Wonder if Dikembe Mutombo would like to get into coaching?

  • SCHoosier

    IMO you have people shoot from where they are competent and confident. Troy..DD and Stan have a ways to go before they reach that level of ability from the 3pt line. Disagree that “everyone” needs to shoot three’s. There’s only one ball..and a shot clock. The key to winning b-ball is having the right people shoot the ball from the right spot at the right time.Too many times last year..the clock wound down with the ball ending up in the wrong hands at the wrong time!

  • Ole Man

    I hope you’re right; however, one of the gripes against Max is that he has to grow into his role at such a high D-1 school.

  • SlickMahony

    Remember when nobody wanted Max Hoetzel? Now it’s all “Yeah, Hoetz!” Funny how times change. Personally, I am, and always have been, glad to have him on board. He’ll be instrumental in our (hoepful) success next year!

  • Ole Man

    I’ll still reserve judgement, thank you 🙂

  • SlickMahony

    Agreed, since we really don’t know how he’ll do. However, why not be on board with someone who is showing his attitude and willingness to buy in? I was on board with Fischer and Hollowell, and neither of those panned out, but they (at least Fischer) acted the part from the beginning. TL;DR – There’s no reason to not be on the Hoetz train.

  • Ole Man

    He’s a Hoosier, so of course I’m on board with that.

  • Ole Man

    Love his Will Sheehey comment!

  • Ole Man

    Uh; IU?
    205 will have him outweighed by how many of the guards in the Big Ten? LOL!

  • bloomingtonian

    How good would Jakeenan Grant look in candy stripes now that Haith took the Tulsa job?

  • CreanFaithful

    That’s because he was under the radar and people love to second guess our program decisions with little to no knowledge. To add to that, the same vibe surrounded the Kenny Johnson hire. Townson? High School and AAU coach? Now, we need to pay him whatever we can to keep him from UL. LOL! I’m with you. Excited about Max…

  • ForeverIU

    He’ll be 215 lb at least, that’s if he doesn’t add another inch in height. I say by August we have a 6-9, 220 lb — er. The “big” comment was a joke. LOL! But he’ll very likely leave foot marks at the 4, like some of us are saying.

  • walton

    I’ll still reserve judgment for most IU players. Max is coming in with some of the least expectations which I think will benefit him.

  • walton

    I like this class – very much more likely to pan out better than “the movement”, which was quite hyped

  • FinEndNow

    The shot clock wound down because nobody other than Yogi would shoot. They all have the ability to shoot. They arent going to get better unless they shoot. Its never going in unless they shoot. Troy, Stan, and DD were all F/G’s in HS. I’d rather them shoot wide open then pass off to Yogi for a last second shot. And Hanner has a reliable jumper from 17 feet. Who on the team other than Hanner and PJ arent SF’s, SG’s or PG’s? Yogi, JBJ, RJ, Stan, Troy, DD, Hoetz. They all need to be shooting. Even PJ has a nice 16 foot jumper(if he ever plays again).