A.J. Guyton shares letter from IU forward Max Bielfeldt

  • 09/10/2015 12:52 pm in

Former Indiana guard A.J. Guyton is active and opinionated on Twitter, but earlier today, the Peoria (Ill.) native offered Hoosier fans a glance at a letter he recently received from Max Bielfeldt.

Bielfeldt, who transferred to Indiana this offseason for his fifth and final season of eligibility, is also from Peoria and recently wrote the following letter to Guyton, who played in Bloomington from 1996 through 2000.

Mr. Guyton,

My name is Max Bielfeldt. I grew up in Peoria my entire life and played in your basketball camps over the summers. I’m not sure if you heard, but I decided to transfer for my 5th year from Michigan to play at IU for my final year of eligibility.

I wanted to apologize for everything you have had to deal with as an alumni of this university, and I wanted to personally tell you that I will do everything in my power to lead this team from within to make you proud to cheer for the Hoosiers without any distraction. I understand that this basketball program is special, and it is an honor to be apart of this storied tradition, even if it is only for 9-10 months.

If you have any advice on what this program needs, or even just want to grab lunch when I’m home in Peoria, don’t hesitate to call or text. Go Hoosiers.

Max Bielfeldt

Although it’s not clear what issues specifically Bielfeldt is referring to, one would assume he’s talking about the off court troubles that IU has been dealing with over the past couple of years.

The 6-foot-8 Bielfeldt averaged 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game last season at Michigan.

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  • HoosierBballNut

    Leadership.. Ambassador !!

  • Hoosier Hall

    This guy could be a very important member of the team this year. I’m assuming he will definitely be playing more than originally planned because of the Holt dismissal. Sounds like a guy with a lot of heart and the right attitude.

  • Rosco73

    About time we saw some leadership. Suprisingly it’s from a player who’s only been there for a short amount of time. More Hoosiers need to step up!

  • JT Thomas

    I don’t care if this kid plays 2 minutes and averages 1 pt a game…This is what we ALL have been waiting for…hopefully Yogi makes is presence known as well!

  • HoosierRyno

    If only every player realized the honor it was to play at a program like IU. I wish everyone came into IU with this kind of attitude!

  • ATG08

    In the real world a handwritten note of gratitude to a client or colleague still goes a long way. Max seems to “get it.” Hope he has a great year on the court with our Hoosiers, but I have a feeling he will be successful in his professional endeavors as well, after basketball is over. Great example of a small gesture that can pay huge dividends in the minds of all Hoosiers.

    Thanks to A.J. for sharing, and Go Hoosiers.

  • IUBizmark

    Like a BOSS. Love guys like this!

  • Hardwood83

    There is a lot to like about this.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i think that responsibility lies partly with the coaches. CTC did the background check and signed off on all the individuals who’ve been involved in all the stupidity the past couple years, he signed off on every one of them. quite a contrast to the team that preceded all this mess, that’s for sure. makes me miss CW, JH, CZ, VO, WS, etc… that much more.

    moving forward, i think he needs to be a heck of a lot more selective about the types of players he lets on this team.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    well said, sir. now prove you meant it.

  • ForeverIU

    I’ll tell you what this letter means to me. It means very few people are looking up to the leadership and coaches of our team.

  • calbert40

    Really? That’s what you got from that letter? I get that Max is young man with leadership qualities.

  • ForeverIU

    I’m not faulting him for his leadership qualities. But he is basically saying that he is here to help build a broken program. First of all, it shows that he is consulting with someone outside the program over and above his own coach. Secondly, it implies that he thinks he’s a program changer, lol. I hope he will be.

  • Jordan

    You realize you don’t have to be the best player on the court to be the best leader on the court right? Just curious.

  • marcusgresham

    That may, in an odd way, make him a good candidate. He has no allegiances to any particular guys on the team over others.

  • ForeverIU

    What does it say about our program when we have to keep importing leadership from outside?

  • VanPastorMan

    Wow, just wow. This is a class act kind of a young man.

  • I wish we had him all 4/5 years

  • Guyton25

    Much respect

  • whomikewho

    Wow. Gave me chills. Great stuff here.

  • calbert40

    I’m glad he thinks he is a program changer. If he didn’t, would we really want him to come here? Our program isn’t broken, but it does have some areas that need some refurbishment, and I think one of those areas is leadership/off-court issues. He thinks he can help in that way.

    Personally, I think that the main reason he wrote Guyton was in the first couple of sentences of his letter. IDK if you follow Guyton on twitter or not, but he gets pretty vocal when he disagrees with something within the program too. I think those two things combined with Max’s Peoria connection are the reasons for the article not some conspiratorial suggestion that the program is broken.

  • Hoosier Fanatic

    Wow… Didn’t expect to hear this but sooooo encouraging. This is without a doubt the highlight of the off season. Hopefully his attitude is infectious and spills over to others on this team. Then the expectations could be really real again legitimately!

  • Hoosier Fanatic

    His attitude could be a big key!

  • ForeverIU

    Wait a minute! You just poured gasoline on your own fire. He is consulting with a guy(ton) who is “vocal” about our program? If you were CTC and had honor, how would you feel about a player seeking insight from a guy(ton) outside the program and often critical of it? Knight would have skewered him.

  • FunkyHouserMd

    ‘It’s Indiana’

  • ForeverIU

    Of course! I was one of the first to say Max’s experience being on elite Michigan teams would be an asset. But that’s another matter. I’m simply reflecting on what the letter says about the state of our program. It doesn’t surprise me, but it hurts every time. LOT = Laughing Out Tragically.


    What does that mean in 2015?

  • Oldguyy

    It’s hardly surprising that you have no idea.

  • Hoosier Fanatic

    I totally agree. The program has been in turmoil for a while due to all of the off court issues. It does hurt. But this is such a sign of hope for the future of our program cause I could see him being the first true “leader” we have had for quite some time

  • Hoosier Fanatic

    Hopefully it means we finally have leadership and Indiana can be Indiana again.

  • Realistically? I wouldn’t say AJ is ‘over and above’ his own coach.. Further, I still do not see how you take the ‘giant’ step you took, that the letter was basically a slam at Coach.
    However, since recently most of your rhetoric tried to find some remote to bring it back to that, I’ll just consider the source.

  • ForeverIU

    I don’t know whether to Laugh Or Cry, LOC!

    This is going to hurt: a guy who isn’t good enough for Michigan will be our next savior!

  • ForeverIU

    I didn’t say he “intended” it as a slam. For all we know, maybe Max would not have wanted AJ to share the letter. People are not getting that I’m not putting down Max. In fact, I think he brings important experience to our team. But we should be offering him much more than he can offer us.

  • You know, when recruiting talent, there’s no real iron clad test that the guy your recruiting, is the kind that will eventually grow up and lead the team. What do you suggest, only recruit guys that were President of their Student Council in High School or something? Come on Man.

  • ForeverIU

    Ken, face it. We are in a sad place. CTC is still trying to get Yogi to be a leader. Maybe other guys will step up this year. I keep saying I think it will be Robert Johnson. But people saying Max will be the guy is totally insane, man.

    Also, I appreciate your politeness. Are you okay? LOL.

  • Don’t get me wrong, I like Max. I think he’s a good addition to this team.. But are you still going to express that same attitude if he ends up averaging 5 rebounds and 3 points per game while consuming 16 or 17 minutes of PT, in the B1G?

  • Eljay

    Very impressed.

    If memory serves me right, when we were dealing with the preseason Davis/Holt mess and aftermath, it was new transfer Zeisloft who was making statements on behalf of the team.

    If Max brings the same leadership and heart that Nick has (…and this letter tells me he likely will), Max will prove to be a great “get” for us.

  • You’re lookin’ at the new… more understanding, more forgiving, and way more careful in choice of words model of Ken. Look for him in the store shelves (ok bars…), in Hoosiertown soon…lol..

  • I agree with your conclusion wholeheartedly. We should be him more. I really hope this young man turns out the be the piece we need.. I think he will. Love his attitude.

  • Hoosier Fanatic

    I don’t know if we really know how good Max is. I mean he was backing up McGary Hardaway and Morgan early in his career. Then I don’t know if he was completely healthy till this year so we could be very pleasantly surprised.

  • SCHoosier

    U be talkin’ the talk Max..now need you to walk the walk Max. Good luck!


    No one knows. It isn’t 1985 anymore.

  • calbert40

    No. I wouldn’t care. In fact, Crean has tried to get more involvement from Knight era players. He probably gave his blessing.

    Also, I don’t understand why you would suggest Crean has no honor. You don’t have to like him as our coach, but don’t smear him personally. I don’t see the benefit in that. Hoping that I misunderstood you on that.

  • ForeverIU

    You’re the biggest smearer. Don’t put on your preacher’s cloak. An English major should know better. I didn’t say he has no honor. I said I can’t imagine him feeling good about the letter if he had honor (the implication is that he does have honor). Do you even know if Max or Crean were consulted on the posting of this letter? Or are you just talking out of your arse? It’s funny how a Crean lover would pounce on me for questioning a player’s respect for his coach. It shows what a loyal following CTC has. That may be part of CTC’s problem, getting respect from the wrong people.

  • FunkyHouserMd

    The kid gets it… he knows its different than Michigan…

  • ForeverIU

    It means you put it in quotes, which he did, so point your mouse elsewhere, LOL.

  • calbert40

    Slow down there, Forever. If you read my last line, I was wondering if I was misreading you. I was giving you the benefit of the doubt, because I have always considered you to be reasonable. I hope I haven’t been mistaken. And as English guy, what you wrote was that if I was CTC and had honor, which implies to me that CTC does not have any. Again, if I misunderstood you, I’m glad. I don’t care if people like him, question him, or can’t stand the mere sight of him, but I do care when people are disrespectful.

    I didn’t realize that suggesting people be respectful means that I am a preacher. Also, I’d love for you to show me where I have smeared anyone in this board. I may disagree strongly, but I certainly try to be respectful.

    Equally, I have no idea if they were consulted, nor did I make any assertion either way. You suggested previously that Max’s apology suggested people within the program don’t look up to our coaches. I simply was suggesting that I bet that if Max asked Crean if he could write that letter that I thought Crean would have given him the okay.

    Don’t really know how this devolved so quickly. TBH, you have had quite the transformation in your postings lately, and sometimes it is hard to know how to take you. Didn’t mean to upset you, Forever. I still think you are one of the good guys…even if you are wrong on this 😉

  • Jrod

    We have Priller on scholarship right now. Him just righting a letter expressing leadership is more than I have seen Priller do.

  • Jrod

    Edited my statement shouldn’t be bashing players they are still young men.

  • HoosierfaninKY

    I said it when he decided to come here. I loved Hanner, I loved his athleticism, his shot blocking ability but I often wondered if he ever really “got it” in regards to Indiana Basketball and the system TC runs. With all that said, Max is an upgrade, he is one of those leaders on and off the court. He has been a class act since high school. This is gonna be a special team I can feel it. We have some players on this team that we haven’t in Hoosier Land in a long time.