Video: Hoetzel, Johnson at Night of the Future Stars

  • 04/17/2014 9:48 pm in

FLOYDS KNOBS, Ind. — Indiana class of 2014 signees Max Hoetzel and Robert Johnson participated in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic Night of the Future Stars on Thursday evening at Floyd Central High School.

Hoetzel and Johnson were teammates in the 2-on-2 contest and fell 12-7 in the opening round to Jared Nickens (Maryland) and Jonah Bolden (UCLA).

In the 3-point shootout, both players advanced to the finals, which will be held at halftime of Friday’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall.

Hoetzel’s 15 points led all four finalists while Robert Johnson and Louisville signee Quentin Snider (13 points each) won a tiebreaker with Chris Chiozza (Florida) to advance to the finals. Florida signee Brandone Francis is the other 3-point shootout finalist.

Video of both Hoetzel and Johnson in the 3-point shootout is available after the jump.

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  • Gregory Spera

    Either RJ isn’t really 6′-3″ or Max is at least 6′-9″. Stretch four.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Well Max did say in an interview that he is at least 6’8″. I saw a picture of him during the season standing next to vonleh and Max was basically as tall as NV.

  • ForeverIU

    With or without that shock of hair, lol? Isn’t Noah like 6-10?

  • dwdkc

    Definitely a stretch 4. Has a nice stroke; looks like he was out of sync on several shots (reaching for the ball) and shot out of rhythm but still won the thing. In rhythm looked really smooth.

  • Brklynhoosier

    Maybe those growth plates really are open?

  • Kevin Tolliver

    Max said he is 6’9 now

  • Alford Bailey

    Max hit nine threes in a game this season. He’s a shooter.

  • CreanFaithful

    RJ measured 6’3″ in shoes at the Kevin Durant skills camp last summer.

  • CreanFaithful

    After his interview on Wednesday where he said he was “about 6’8″?”

  • SCHoosier

    Man that’s what I was thinking. If this kid can get stronger..and board..we may have a “big in waiting” who can score and make some noise under the bucket. Could be the steal of the class…long term.

  • HoosierFan76

    He grew an inch between Wednesday and Thursday. He ate a big steak dinner Wednesday night. Thursday was all-you-can-eat ribs, and he’s 6’11” now. I kid, I kid…

    The main thing I worry about with Max at the stretch 4 is that he really needs to put on some muscle. He’s got narrow shoulders and is still built like a HS kid. He’ll be going up against grown men. Let’s hope that Je’Ney Jackson can fill him out a bit over the summertime.

  • CreanFaithful

    No doubt, but our options are limited at this point. He mentioned that he can play some stretch 4, which leads me to believe that conversation has already taken place.

  • David Macer

    Was watching RJ’s shot. Anybody else notice that he drifts left on his follow thru.

  • NC Hoosier

    That’s an awfully short looking 6’3″

  • MillaRed

    No one in here talks about Max when we discuss this class. I remember a lot of top programs coming at him in the end. If he is ready to contribute this year it’s a big deal. If he is our 4th big now, and we can get another that is eligible to play immediately, the situation is looking much better in the paint.

  • MillaRed

    Who are you? Some strange guy in Connecticut?

  • indianaohindiana

    Max reminds me of Nik Stauskas in a lot of ways… same type of game, same moxy, about the same size (actually a little taller). I like this kid. I think he’ll bring some much needed heart and personality to the team.

  • JerryCT

    Yes, the state w a couple recent Nat’l CHamps and a coach even you would like


    First thing I noticed. Caught myself watching that part instead of if the shots were going in.

  • dwdkc

    Looks like he will be a Steve Novak type as opposed to a banger; don’t expect him in the paint much and might not be able to defend too well except when the other teams have slower bigs. But that shooting will be most welcome.

  • dwdkc

    I haven’t heard that he can put it on the floor like Stauskas. Much taller and maybe slower/less athletic, more Steve Novak. I’d take Steve Novak marksmanship though