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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  • JetpackJunky

    So, the key to recruiting is memorable and media friendly single big plays.

    I could see that. Thanks Watford!

  • N71

    Very likable guy, reminds me of Victor or Derrick and the charm they have. I’ve been eager to see what we have in Max.

  • FinEndNow

    He still has his Cali Swag. This team needs what swag we can get. Troy seems to be the only one with any.

  • walton

    There has been a lot of mention about IU not being as highly noticeable to kids as it used to be, but Max’s comment about being familiar with Indiana from “the shot” proves that IU still has a good spotlight on its program nationally. I really think its just a matter of time before good championship runs are more prevalent for this program. It’s always the historically famous programs that prevail the most in the end.

  • walton

    Stanford Robinson has some, Yogi some too

  • CreamandCrimson

    Who’s “Derrick”?

  • FinEndNow

    Yogi has the swag of Yogi Bear lol. Stan has a little. But Troy is easily THE swag of the team. And its needed. Hoetz will be a good addition just from that view.

  • FinEndNow

    But thats also a bad thing… He remembers us from “the shot.” He doesnt know Indiana because we’ve been a Top 5 program the last decade.

  • N71

    derek elston…spelling mistake

  • CreamandCrimson

    Ahh…got it. Thanks.

  • Love this class. If this team can find a way to collectively crash the boards, we can win a lot of ball games. We will definitely be better at putting the ball through the hoop. I think Coach has hit it on the head with trying to get Yogi to be our Shabazz Napier. Napier had 6 boards in the Final. If Yogi can chip in with 4-5 boards a game, I think we can overcome the loss of Noah. I miss my Jordy bombs and Watford for 3’s. This class is right on time.

  • Hoosier Hall

    When Troy slammed it on Michigan and stared Morgan down, that was SWAG!!

  • FinEndNow

    exactly. And thats needed. Though we need to replace Sheehey’s craziness. He wasnt that crazy this past season sadly but still crazy.

  • Shaggy_C

    Hear, hear. Outside shooting has been the hallmark of the Hoosier teams as long as I can remember – the lack of production from distance was a major disappointment last year (aside from the occasional Yogi breakout game). I’m really looking forward to CTC bringing back that focus over the next 2-3 years. I think next year’s squad will have its ups and downs (like the 11-12 team) but will have a chance to really be something special going into 2015-16. We showed this past season that we can beat the best in the Big 10 (and even threaten the national champs on a neutral court) without any reliable shooting threats – I can’t wait to see what Crean we can do with a full arsenal at his disposal.

  • Shaggy_C

    Personally, I’m glad we’re known for “the shot” and rising from the ashes. It’s a great story and creates a new, modern mythos that gives the team a hard-nosed, underdog mentality that resonates with players around the country. That’s why it is so important that this last season be an aberration – we have to keep the momentum going.

  • FinEndNow

    Except it seem that Indiana cant pick which they want. Hold on to the tradition that was IU back in the day. Or start the new era. Obviously a new era needs to be started.

  • CreanFaithful

    What do you mean? Why can’t it be both? We don’t have to give up on our tradition to start the next chapter of greatness. Obviously, what have you done lately will resonate better on a national level for recruits like Max vs winning a National title in 1987 before he was born…

  • FinEndNow

    exactly. Its hard to use that with recruits. We have to convince recruits that they can be the beginning of a new winning era of Indiana basketball. Convince that they can be the “founders” of the resurrection of winning at IU.

  • CreanFaithful

    Gotcha. Yeah, pretty sure that was the pitch to Cody and Yogi… “resurrect the program that once was one of the greatest.” Now, it’s gotta be about being part of the 1st banner since 1987.

  • FinEndNow

    None of these kids we’re recruiting were even born when Calbert Cheaney was playing in 92-93. I wasnt even born yet haha. Tradition is great and I get it. But it is hard to sell on if it happened before your recruits were born. These recruits were 4, 5, 6 or 7 years old when Indiana went to the title game in 02′.

  • N71

    I can’t help but think this class will see at least one other addition. I had thought Jose Cunningham was a sure thing but it looks like he’s shifted his thinking and is now a South Carolina lean. Regardless, we need someone 6’9″ or taller, 220+, and looks at loose balls like Scooby did Scooby Snacks.

  • CreanFaithful

    Yeah, I said that above (not having been born). It doesn’t mean that you ignore 5 national titles. It can and is woven into the pitch.

  • Bled4IU

    Man, how easily we forget the past when Cody and company resurrected us to back to back sweet 16’s. Those two teams i’m sure would take offense to that comment just like i did. We lost 4 1000 pt scorers and had a bad season this year and we need resurrection? I thought we would be better this year as well, but wow!

  • walton

    And whether they were born or not, that history still resonates in the media, coaches, parents, what not. Kids know Indiana Basketball. They know Tom Crean. Its still a big program built famously more from the past.

  • Who is Jose Cunningham? Did we find him South of the Border?…lol.. Sorry, just had to chime in with that… I do hope we still get Josh…

  • MillaRed

    The power of the Wat Shot. We talk about what affect sites like this and others have on the recruits, if any. But it’s truly what they see on the court that matters. This kid is watching that three go in, looking and listening to the fans reaction, our guys standing on the sidelines with their arms around each other.

    When Coach said, “It’s Indiana.” I’m pretty sure he was talking about exactly that. Our fans are capable of going crazy. Downright crazy. Who here ITH hasn’t dreamed of hitting a shot like that in that building with those fans?

    Very, very cool Max brought up the Wat Shot. Tells me a lot about our program.

  • MillaRed

    I’m not sure what there is to worry about. This is an Indiana recruit, excited about coming and being a part of what we all saw in that Kentucky game. There’s no way to spin this. It’s an awesome thing we all should be happy about. It was one of the best shots in the history of the game.

    Without “The Wat Shot” we are not the last team to achieve a perfect season. It was a big deal. And it was Kentucky! And apparently a great recruiting tool.

  • MillaRed

    How many kids were not born when Michael Jordan won his last title? Yet all of them, including my son have his poster on their walls.

  • kaponya44

    The more Cunningham waits to commit the better feeling I am getting about IU’s chances.We need a big man and people are beginning to wonder if JC is buying us time to land one .

  • kaponya44

    The Wat Shot probably gave him goosebumps the way it did us 🙂

  • MillaRed

    FinEndNow, what is it with the constant depression when it comes to this program? I am one of many that have concerns about Coach. And it’s been debated until we are all gasping for air.

    But man, you aren’t happy with anything that is Indiana! Is this really how you feel or is all of this just attention grabbing?

    I’m not trying to be mean dude. You just seem like you are taking it way too seriously, to heart etc. whatever you want to call it. It’s a whole other level of depressing.

    Are chill pills a real thing? Take one brotha! Take two!!!

  • N71

    I’m more concerned, the website sports247 once had us at an 80% chance, then 55%, now we’re at 45% with Bradley at 27% and South Carolina at 27%. Most concerning is that the 6 most recent posts all have him going to South Carolina.

  • Shawn Congo

    Biggest diff between Max and Will is Max seems to love the media! I like that.

  • kaponya44

    We might currently have one of the most underrated classes in the country..That would be great IMO since expectations placed upon the last 2 seem to have hurt as much as anything .Not that this group wont carry expectations ..IU fans’ expectations are a completely different matter than that of recruiting experts..The incoming guys have given several interviews and the incoming guys genuinely believe they are going to surprise people .If anything I dig the confidence ,but their own expectations (coming in intent on winning) and attitudes lend themselves to the good feeling I have feeling as much knowing they can drill it from 3 does .

  • CreanFaithful

    That and size (+MH), athletic ability (+WS), shooting (+MH) and pretty much everything else about their respective games 😉

  • kaponya44

    Fair enough ,but was that gauge released before he visited SC or after. A lot of people felt he was lost once he added them but I would figure a knee jerk commit if they had blew him away.After that feeling a delay just might mean StJohn’s getting a chance now .I heard they have now came into the picture in an 11th hour kind of thing ..So you could be right .

  • N71

    I think the last 6 takes on sports247 were after the visit. You bring up an interesting perspective, hadn’t looked at it that way.

  • FinEndNow

    And he got that Cali swag. Which is great. Not another Colin Hartman. No disrespect to Hartman. But he just doesnt seem to have confidence in himself. Hoetz does and it shows.

  • FinEndNow

    I was born 93′. Ive actually been watching watching Indiana basketball since about 2000. Guess what I’ve seen? Disappointment after disappointment after disappoint. Ive the terrible hire that was Mike Davis. The terrible hire that was Kelvin Sampson. The terrible hire that is Tom Crean. What optimism should I have? IU’s AD is a football guy. Why should I trust him to get Indiana basketball to where it is supposed to be? In my time Indiana has been mediocre and Im tired of it.

  • Shaggy_C

    If only Nike made “Air Hoosier 87s”!

  • FinEndNow

    And the history of MJ helps out UNC a lot probably. That and the fact that since IU’s title in 87’s UNC has won 3 titles. In the last decade they’ve won 2. They’ve sent player after player to the NBA. Have had very successful players in the NBA like MJ and Vince Carter.

  • CreamandCrimson

    We’re all tired of it (I was born in ’87 so I’ve seen the same level of success/failure you have)…that doesn’t mean the default setting to everything needs to be doom and gloom.

    But, if that’s how you choose to deal with things and be a fan, that’s your right. I certainly don’t see the point of having such a depressing view of things but everyone deals with things differently.

  • FinEndNow

    Ive seen a few good seasons. Nothing was more fun than the 02′ tourney. Being 8 yrs old and going around town in the back of a truck screaming and honking the horn on the way to the title game. 07-08 was fun while it lasted til the Sampson stuff went down. Zellers freshman was fun but only because it was a complete surprise. 12-13 was fun except the Butler, Illinois, Wisconsin 2x and Cuse game. But other than that… nothing. Sure watching Marco Killingsworth ask the crowd if he should shoot a 3 or not was cool but nothing really came from that season. Indiana needs a rebranding. Not a “We’re back” rebranding either. We need a more modern rebranding. Rather than putting all these recruits under the pressure and shadows of the past, put them in the position to “creat” their own shadows to cast over Indiana basketball history.

  • Ole Man

    If nothing else, ya gotta love the way this kid presents himself.
    Almost a “John Wayne” attitude (Google him for those very young).
    And he seems to love IU basketball already!

  • Hoosier Hall

    I do like that about him. Confidence right up to the edge of cockiness. Not necessarily cocky, but right there.

  • Ole Man

    Love the Scooby Snacks reference! LOL!

  • Gregory Spera

    ’87? ’93?!? God, you guys are just babies!!! Y’all missed the good times!

  • FinEndNow

    Hopefully he’ll show it on the floor as well. I wanna see some kids having fun next year. Going playing hard, going crazy(in a good way), beating their chest, celebrations, guys trying to jam it on people, trying to get the crowd up on their feet(even the old people). No point in playing if you arent having fun. Having fun and winning go hand in hand.

  • deebo

    Gotta love this kid. We need somebody with an edge again.

  • FinEndNow

    Yes I know haha. And I never got to see Calbert play live. I wasnt even born when he graduated.