Michigan transfer Max Bielfeldt commits to Indiana

  • 06/02/2015 7:15 pm in

Michigan graduate transfer Max Bielfeldt, who won an appeal that will allow him to transfer within the Big Ten, will play for Indiana next season.

Bielfeldt made the announcement on his Twitter account.

This is the third consecutive offseason in which Indiana has added a graduate transfer as Evan Gordon came to Bloomington from Arizona State two years ago and last summer, Nick Zeisloft transferred to IU from Illinois State.

Bielfeldt, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward averaged 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game last season for the Wolverines and will be eligible immediately. He was granted his release from Michigan in late April after it was announced that Caris LeVert would return for his senior season.

Indiana now has one scholarship open for next season. Bielfeldt, a native of Peoria, Illinois, also considered DePaul, Iowa State and Nebraska.

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  • KelvinSampson87

    MB isn’t really a wing. There is a big difference between MB’s 245 lb frame and Troys 215 lb frame when it comes to the ability to guard and rebound in the post. I don’t think anyone expects him to be IUs next star but hes without a doubt an upgrade in every way from Hanner.

  • millzy32

    Did you also know that Michigan forced him out and they have open scholly’s? We had an open spot and he fills it and that’s about it. I hope he outperforms but don’t expect much.

  • Bruce Clark

    Lots of late adds; I see this as a positive.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I agree with you 100%. It’s not like we kicked HMP in order to get Max. We kicked HMP out THEN got Max. Even if Max isn’t all that he’s jazzed up to be, he’s only using a scholarship for one year. So it’s not like he’s taking a scholly away from a member of the potentially loaded 2017 class like a project big man would. At the very least he can teach TB how the post is played in the B10.

  • At the Quarries

    Max was on a team and going up in practice every day against players that reached the national championship game one year and the Elite Eight the next. Hopefully we will get to a day, again, when we can say the same about all of our players. Go Hoosiers!

  • TomJameson

    You say that like there was evil intent. The story behind it is that Max got his 4 years of scholarship playing for Michigan, and wanted to play a fifth year. The coach wanted the extra scholarship, Maxs 5th year, for somebody else. Probably a “better” player or a different position player (Michigan has a lot of wings and big men). So Max looked elsewhere and here he is. Not evil, and Max said he harbors no ill feelings and understands the situation. If Max has no ill will, neither should anybody else.

    Nobody expects Max to be a star, or a starter … even Max. He is a role player with experience in the B1G and the NCAA tourney, a big body, a good defensive player, fills a depth need for IU, and will take a scholarship (of which we happen to have on to spare) for only 1 year.

    I would say we are lucky to find that role player when we needed it most. No, it won’t make IU ranked any higher, but it fills a need of the team.

  • millzy32

    Not sure what you read that was Evil but maybe too much Sci-Fi TV. Max will fill a need for minutes and for five usable fouls. Hopefully he outperforms. What’s so evil about that?

  • TomJameson

    I’m not going to arbitrarily know 2 inches off Holts height to try to make a point, so I’ll stick to the party line there.

    Several players have said that their opinions were that Holt would be the one to make that big jump this year. They cited his talent, his work ethic, and improvements to his game that he’s made already (before the summer workouts). Holt mentioned building strength, and muscle weight and working on his game. I do not know if that includes guarding on the perimeter, but I know Holt mentioned working on defense.

    Everything points to a big jump by Holt. I’ll stick to my opinion.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    ole man you have been on me about this for weeks! how is max not?? HMP can guard no one how many boards did he avg.? not near enough. the only thing he was good for was a highlight reel dunk once or twice a season. what have u been watching for the last 2 years?? all potenial that never panned out . you need to open your eyes and realize he is not A BASKETBALL PLAYER !! an athlete yes a ball player no!! so knock off your crap

  • BC Hoosier

    So your opinion is Holt will be greatly improved. What does the first line in my post state?
    I don’t believe we see as big of a jump if EH is guarding/ playing the 5 spot. IURob and you don’t agree on EH’s improvement. I’m probably somewhere in between you two. If EH develops to play next to a big body I think we see a huge jump. I think signing Max allows him to do that. If he plays the 5, I think we see a player that is closer to the player we saw last year. Maybe better numbers with more minutes but close to the same averages per minute.
    Lastly, EH’s height. I’ve stood next to the guy he’s not 6’7. If you don’t want to believe me and want more fact look at the team photo. He’s shorter than any other “6’7” player on the team. Hopefully he grows but I doubt it.

  • Ole Man

    Sherron, I haven’t replied to you in months.
    So, chill.
    The only crap here is your nonsense.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    Try 10-15 days ago on this same subjuct. look it up . or have alex pull it up for you. check your meds old man. i’m entitled to my opinion. and the fact you seem to think HMP was an asset to this program or better than Max is nonsense and crap. you chill homeboy

  • TomJameson

    Don’t deflect … the words and tone of what you wrote “spoke” of evil intent. “Michigan forced him out…” Those words put the worse spin on what actually happened. The rest I can agree with, except I think he brings more with him just because of his experience in the B1G and the NCAA.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    I don’t think it’s ludicrous to say the two players’ production is pretty simliar. Stats don’t really measure athleticism, which we probably all concede HMP had more of, but with regard to unadjusted and per-40-min stats, I’d say MB can be just as serviceable as HMP was for us… There is also something (unspecific) to be said for other intangibles like fewer off-court issues, leadership, experience, where I think MB would have the scales in his favor.

    2014-2015 stats
    unadjusted per 40 min
    Games 26 30 – –
    Min 19.4 14.5 40 40
    PPG 6.5 5.1 13.4 14.1
    RPG 4.3 3.6 8.7 9.9
    BPG 1.3 0.2 2.7 0.6
    FG% 59.4 48.1 – –
    FT% 57.5 68.8 – –
    FGA/g 106(4.1) 129(4.3) 8.4 11.9
    TO/g 28(1.1) 20(0.7) 2.2 1.8

  • millzy32

    You sound like you are spending too much time with a Ouija board. Let me know what it tells you about our season next year.

  • dwdkc

    Most of us aren’t expecting anything special, but we’ve argued there is good reason for optimism that he brings teamwide intangibles (leadership, practice guy that helps the young bigs) as well as a solid defense/rebounding presence that exceeds pretty much any other available option for next year specifically. I’m pleased because I think IU just got marginally better with a role player who may be the #8 guy in minutes. Personally I think Hanner had higher upside but a lower floor from game to game, but that is really irrelevant at this point because he is gone. And I wasn’t against drinking with you either…..

  • Ole Man

    I made this comment to you 19 days ago: “Personal foul, Sherron. Piling on a defenseless player.” That’s not being on you for weeks.
    Otherwise, I generally ignore you. You rarely have anything to say worth commenting upon.
    Take your tirade somewhere else. You’re misguided and misdirected.
    Think you’re the one who needs meds.
    You can have your opinion about Hanner.
    That’s all it is.
    You’re getting all huffy and puffy because someone has a different one?
    What a joke!!!!!!!!
    Leave the internet if you can’t stand someone else’s opinion or facts.
    Just how old are you anyhow?
    You’re acting like a brat! A stupid kid!

  • Eugene Debs

    Will certainly produce more than Devon Davis last year. Big win.

  • Eugene Debs

    You make a bunch of solid points. A whole bunch.

  • Eugene Debs

    Well for one he will be eligible and sober, so there’s that.

  • TomJameson

    Hahaha, that’s rich. I won’t have anything to do with a Ouija board, so that’s not it. lol

    I explained already – the tone and words combined. evil intent is not the devil, it is the thought out, done on purpose, intent to do something “bad” to somebody else. Michigan didn’t handle Max as well as Crean does with those situations, but still there was communication back-and-forth. Nothing was done to Max behind his back. And Max said he understands and there are no hard feelings. I just wouldn’t say that Michigan “forced him out”.

    Still chuckling at that stupid (where did it come from) Ouija board comment. LOL

  • millzy32

    So Max wasn’t forced out at Michigan even though he wanted to continue playing there and wasn’t allowed to do so even though they have open scholarships that they could have given him. Makes sense. And your reasoning is because they told him that they wanted to go another direction so that made it ok with him. Kinda like if you your boss came in today and said hey Tom we don’t think you should work here anymore and you said that you wanted to continue working and they said no you have to go. Then tomorrow you would be at home but you would be happy because you came to a mutual agreement to leave your job. Makes sense.


    I’m with you in that EH is poised to make a noticeable jump, but for us to get the most of that jump and to have the best chance of that jump happening, he absolutely needs to be playing somewhere other than the 5. Max’s coming on board should make the chances of that happening greater.


    Well said.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    man tell me how you really feel. you made my day thanks!!

  • TomJameson

    They had a mutual understanding, and Max had somewhere else to go.
    That would be like me working under a 4-year contract and when the 4th year was up I wanted to work another year. Well the boss wanted to go another direction in the project and I didn’t have all the requirements for the job. So I looked around and found my options and found 3 darn good ones, some could be better than what I had. So, my work was closer to home, I had an even better job, and I was happy. Of course since it all worked out pretty well for me I had no hard feeling for my old boss because he was just doing business the best way he knew how to make it productive.