Max Hoetzel wasn't getting the kind of interest from colleges he thought he deserved. So Hoetzel, a California native, decided to transfer across the country to Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Massachusetts in an attempt to pick up some exposure.
"I just wasn't very exposed back home," Hoetzel told AllHoosiers.com. "Coming out here with a lot of good players has given me the opportunity to play in front of a lot of good coaches."
So far, the move is paying dividends for Hoetzel. He has recently picked up an offer from St. John's, and he has heard from Indiana, Florida, Kansas and Harvard, among others, in the last couple of weeks.
Hoetzel's relationship with IU began when the Hoosiers were recruiting 2014 center Goodluck Okonoboh, who also attends Wilbraham and Monson Academy. Okonoboh's coaching staff suggested Tom Crean take a look at Hoetzel, and he did.
"I worked out for coach Crean and coach [Kenny] Johnson, and I've been in contact with coach Johnson ever since," Hoetzel said. "Coach Crean is supposed to come out this week or soon."
Hoetzel, a 6-foot-6 forward, is a good shooter who can stretch the floor from the power forward position. He said his defense and rebounding is still very much in the developmental stage, but he believes playing against better competition will help him grow in those areas fairly quickly.
Hoetzel models his game after former Florida forward and current Houston Rocket, Chandler Parsons.
While he has not yet received an offer from Indiana, Hoetzel said he is very interested in the Hoosiers and would like to take a visit to Bloomington sometime soon.
"My interest level is very high," Hoetzel said. "I just took my SAT so I'm trying to get visits scheduled as fast as I can."
Hoetzel said he will likely wait until the spring to commit because he has yet to take an official visit.