Stock Soars for Bielfeldt

Numerous schools are looking to add a quality big guy in the late signing period, and Illinois took their shot at Max Bielfeldt this weekend with a conference rival up next.

Early this season at a loaded State Farm Tournament of Champions event, Max Bielfeldt made his presence felt. In a three game stretch Bielfeldt scored over 100 points and dominated the event really emerging as a quality unsigned senior big man. Since then things have only gotten better.

So far it has been a dream season for Bielfeldt and Peoria (IL) Notre Dame High School. The Irish are 26-0 heading into the state playoffs and look capable of making a lot of noise.

"Really this whole year has been special," said Bielfeldt. "I think it is really that our whole team is playing awesome together. We have seven seniors that provide leadership. We are just working to keep things going. We never panic and always have confidence that we can pull out the win."

Bielfeldt is leading the way with his play. He is getting a double-double nearly every time out on the floor, and a mid-major target before the season, Bielfeldt is now a legitimate Big Ten prospect.

"It's really nice," said Bielfeldt of the increased recruiting attention. "For me it just shows that hard work pays off. Bigger schools are taking notice and it is exciting for me. I am looking forward to making my decision."

Currently Bielfeldt has offers from Illinois, Illinois-Chicago, Ball State, and Valparaiso. Also the Michigan Wolverines have begun to step up their interest in Bielfeldt.

This past weekend Bielfeldt made his official visit to Illinois, and the trip went very well.

"It was a really good experience," said Bielfeldt. "I have seen the campus before, but this was a great experience to see Assembly Hall and Memorial Stadium. I got to see what it would like to be a student and I got to know the team and got to know everyone a lot better."

The Bielfeldt name is quite familiar on the Illinois campus. Not only is his older sister attending the school, but his grandparents are also major donors to the university. Still Bielfeldt says he is feeling no pressure to attend Illinois.

"My whole family has been great and they have supported me 100 percent," Bielfeldt explained. "They want me to choose a school that I love and not the one they love. They have just been awesome."

The next visit for Bielfeldt will be to Illinois' Big Ten rival, Michigan. The Wolverines are looking to add to their 2011 class, and it is possible that he will soon get an offer from Coach John Beilein and company.

"I am going to try and get up and visit there in the next week or so," said Bielfeldt of Michigan. "They will let me know what they are thinking about an offer once I get up there."

While Bielfeldt is in no hurry to make his college choice, he does think the decision will come in the near future.

"I am not going to wait too long, but I want to check out some schools I haven't seen yet," said Bielfeldt. "I am planning on making my decision not this week or anything, but sometime in the next couple of weeks."

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