Ex-Michigan forward Max Bielfeldt announced Wednesday that he will spend his final year with another Big 10 team, as he decided to transfer to Indiana.
Bielfeldt made the announcement via his Twitter account:
Excited to announce I'll be spending my fifth year of eligibility at Indiana University! #B1G
— Max Bielfeldt (@MaxBielfeldt) June 2, 2015
After seeing his playing time squeezed at Michigan, Bielfeldt saw a chance to contribute at Indiana for head coach Tom Crean next season. The Hoosiers are in need of some depth, especially in the frontcourt after Crean dismissed Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Devin Davis last month.
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“I think it was a mix of the athletics and school, academics,” Bielfeldt said, when asked what made Indiana his choice. “I think I’ll fit in well with the guys, and playing for (IU) coach (Tom) Crean, I think he’s really good at developing players.”
“They said they are in need of a versatile big who can score the ball in a multitude of ways,” he said last month, “and that I’m just the guy who could come in and help them.”
Indiana struggled in the front court last season but the signing of McDonald’s All American Thomas Bryant, combined with sophomore Emmitt Holt’s development and now Bielfeldt’s arrival, should given the Hoosiers a strong interior rotation.
Bielfeldt is coming off a season in which he averaged 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game with the Wolverines. He chose the Hoosiers over interest from Nebraska, Iowa State and DePaul.