Video: Interview with 2014 signee Max Hoetzel

  • 04/18/2014 9:24 am in

FLOYDS KNOBS, Ind. — Class of 2014 forward Max Hoetzel wasn’t even a name on the IU radar last year at this time, but his recruitment took off after making the move from Calabasas (Calif.) to Wilbraham and Monson Academy (Mass.) for his senior season.

Hoetzel is in Louisville this week participating in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic and is a finalist in the event’s 3-point shootout tonight at Freedom Hall.

Inside the Hall caught up with Hoetzel on Thursday night at Floyd Central high school to discuss a variety of topics, including the quick ending to his recruitment last fall, the story of how IU became involved in his recruitment, how the move to Wilbraham helped him improve his game, how he believes he can help Indiana next season and much more:

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  • CreamandCrimson

    I’m in my mid-twenties and have a 10-month old son…but yes, I suppose I am a “baby” to some in here. Time will pass all of us by at some point though.

  • FinEndNow

    I dont want anymore dull players like Hollowell. I swear if he would have showed some emotion it would have helped him. It was liked he just bottled everything up.

  • Gregory Spera

    I will struggle to my feet when necessary.

  • CreamandCrimson

    How does one get “put in a position to create their own shadows to cast over Indiana basketball history”? The players are given modern amenities and facilities, a chance to work on their game 24/7 and up to 4 years to try and win a championship. The fans are invested, the administration is invested…if the team wins and plays hard, the players will have a spot in history.

    What’s a “modern rebranding” to look like? New uniforms (why?)? New slogans? I don’t think things are irreparably broken within the program and I don’t think a total overhaul is needed. I think there are coaching issues that might need to be addressed soon but I don’t think everything in the program needs rebranded. I might be in the minority though.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Yup. I mentioned this earlier this past season but there was an extreme lack of emotion. The year before, guys got pumped and loved posterizing people. They also cried and hated losing. This past season seemed like no one cared that much.

  • Bled4IU

    your not!

  • FinEndNow

    Thats just my opinion. Because a rebranding is never a bad thing. Indiana basketball isnt in a great place. Sure we had 2 good years in the past decade…. But the “We’re back” stuff was very silly because we were not. A new look wouldnt be bad. I wouldnt wear the uni’s from the B1G tourney though. Maybe a brand switch to Nike or Jordan. But its never a bad idea when you’re trying to find something that works.

  • MillaRed

    One thing is certain, spending one second thinking about the Mike Davis hiring is a complete waste of time. At your age, all you know is what you read or see on a video in terms of our banners. Most of us on here have certain expectations because we actually lived through a lot of that success.

    You’re young man! Too early to be all caught up with us armchair quarterbacks. Being bitter and having incredibly outrageous expectations of our program takes decades to develop. You’re peaking too early. 🙂

  • FinEndNow

    2011 class(would be seniors)- Cody Zeller, Austin Etherington. Both gone.
    2012 class- Yogi Ferrell, Hanner Perea, Peter Jurkin, Jeremy Hollowell, Ron Patterson. Patterson went to Cuse. Hollowell is gone. PJ probably wont play anymore.
    2013 class- Noah Vonleh, Troy Williams, Stan Robinson, Luke Fischer, Devin Davis, Colin Hartman. Vonleh and Fischer are gone. Hartman has a torn ACL.
    Out of our last 3 classes we basically have 5 playable players and 2 injured players lol.

  • SCHoosier

    Nothing bashful about Max. I hope he brings that personality to the court. Couple of years in the weight room..with that shot…and if he commits to playing D…I do believe IU has a winner.

  • SCHoosier

    MJ is of course in a different galaxy than anybody else mentioned in this thread..regardless of how old kids are.

  • SCHoosier

    Troy has no swag until he totally eliminates that foot drag! But his & Max’s personalities are infectious & .will put a little life into the Hoosiers.

  • SCHoosier

    You are correct..just become a Purdue fan.

  • kaponya44

    Apparently the latter of the two (SJU visit ) is a lot to do with why JC is waiting . A tweet indicating as much was just over to the right of the articles on another ITH page. If other schools have time to move in and schedule a visit ,Crean gets that much more time to try to convince him as well.

  • deebo

    Totally he looked defeated all the time

  • TomJameson

    I started watching IU because of Calbert. I watched all his home games in Evansville IN (Harrison HS) and was really impressed! So I just naturally followed him to college and was hooked on IU BB every since. lol

  • TomJameson

    I really like Max. He’s got a shot, he’s confident of all his abilities, and he talks really well to the press! Love his attitude. Hopefully he likes to play defense. lol I really hope this coming class all try to play to win, but have fun doing it. Maybe there’s too much pressure, I don’t know, but I would really like to see those kids start having fun … and win of course 🙂


    If it’s a game against pUKe, and if it ends up as a win, 99% of anything that IU done badly is forgotten the second the game is over. Nothing like a pUKe loss to make a person forget about something bad that happened and give a person a newly refreshed outlook on life. Clearly this world could use a whooooole lot more of this type of refreshment. I personally believe that if pUKe was to never win another game it would solve world hunger, safely dispose of all nuclear weapons, end any and all wars forever, end world poverty, free all people that don’t live in a democratic country and put an end to global warming….just as starters anyways.


    and looks at loose balls like Scooby did Scooby Snacks. lol hadn’t ever heard it put that way and a good way it is. Also like your Punisher pic.


    Also shows what playing high profile opponents ( I just threw up a little bit in my mouth typing those words in reference to “them”) in the pre-conference does for a program. Doubt he is watching to see that game winning shot if it is made while we’re playing the Northern South Tech State Podunks.

  • Michael

    Happens to a lot of programs… are you sure you weren’t born in 2008?