Max Bielfeldt Has Strong Illini Connections

The University of Illinois benefits greatly from the generosity of its alumni. Some go so far as to help sponsor major building projects, such as the Bielfeldt Administration Building. It is even better when they have a recruitable family member such as Max Bielfeldt, the star forward for Peoria Notre Dame.

Max Bielfeldt participated in the Illinois team camp with his high school teammates recently, and he made a favorable impression. The muscular 6'-6" Bielfeldt was equally at home banging in the post and shooting outside jumpers. The upcoming junior's progress is worth watching, and he will be highly recruitable if he grows a couple more inches.

Bielfeldt is also a clutch performer as his last second bank shot defeated Carmel, Indiana, in the Illinois camp. He spoke afterwards, preferring to discuss the teams rather than himself.

"It was pretty tough competition. There were a lot of big guys, great shooters. We just had to stick in there on defense and play good as a team."

With his powerful build, Bielfeldt enjoys the inside game.

"The best part of my game is my post play, being in there strong. Just trying to overpower the other guy. I've always been a fan of offense."

Surprisingly, Bielfeldt spent most of his time on the perimeter. Peoria Notre Dame has another post player, allowing Bielfelt room to roam. He is working hard to include an outside game with his repertoire.

"I've tried to develop my outside shot, try to change my game a little bit so people can't just keep me in one place."

Bielfeldt was disappointed with the conclusion to his school's past season.

"Last year we were all right. We got to the regional championships. We had beaten (Peoria) Richwoods twice during the season. We came out strong but lost by one point to them in the regionals."

Considering how well they played at the Illinois camp, the future appears bright.

"This next year, I think we're gonna win our first regional title in a long time. I think we're gonna go somewhere good this year."

Bielfeldt is also prominent on his AAU team.

"I play with the Peoria Irish 16's. Our team is pretty good. We came out real slow at the beginning of the season, coming off of school ball. We took awhile to get back into it. Last year, we were like 53 and 9. We're looking forward to doing that this year down in Orlando."

A big smile crossed his face when asked what it was like to play in a building adjacent to the Bielfeldt building, created thanks to a major contribution from his family.

"It's great. I've always been a fan of Illinois as a kid, and it's fun to play here too. Our whole family is fans of the Illini. We go to the games and stuff."

Wherever Bielfeldt plays his college ball, he will always be an Illini fan. And who knows, he may just continue his career in Champaign-Urbana.

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