Hoetzel commits to Indiana

2014 forward Max Hoetzel is the Hoosiers' second commit in the class.

Max Hoetzel, a 2014 forward from Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Massachusetts, has committed to Indiana, AllHoosiers.com confirmed. Hoetzel was on campus for an official visit this weekend.

Hoetzel, a 6-foot-7 forward, is a very good perimeter shooter who should be able to spread the floor for Tom Crean and the Hoosiers.

"It was just an opportunity that we couldn't let go," Hoetzel told AllHoosiers.com. "Tom Crean was really up front with me and I loved everything Indiana has to offer.

"It really became clear once I stepped into Assembly Hall and took my first shot. It was a magical feeling and something I can't describe in words."

During a meeting with Crean in his office on Sunday afternoon, Hoetzel told the IU coach the news.

"We were in a meeting and I told him there was no other place that I'd rather play other than Indiana," Hoetzel said. "There's no other place I could see myself at."

Hoetzel recently transferred to Wilbraham and Monson from California to gain more exposure, and it worked. He heard from Kansas and Florida in recent weeks and also had an offer from St. John's.

"I just wasn't very exposed back home," Hoetzel told AllHoosiers.com recently. "Coming out here with a lot of good players has given me the opportunity to play in front of a lot of good coaches."

Crean first heard of Hoetzel while he was in town to see 2014 center Goodluck Okonoboh, who also attends Wilbraham and Monson. Crean visited Hoetzel at his school last week and offered him a scholarship.

"I worked out for coach Crean and coach [Kenny] Johnson, and I've been in contact with coach Johnson ever since," Hoetzel said.

Hoetzel arrived in Bloomington on Saturday and was at Assembly Hall Saturday night for Indiana's first exhibition game against the University of Southern Indiana with his high school coach and parents. He was also at Haunted Hall of Hoops on Sunday afternoon.

"That was crazy just to see how packed it was for an exhibition game," Hoetzel said. "I thought the current players were really good. Indiana right now, they have a pretty young team, but down the road I definitely think they can be fantastic this year."

Hoetzel is Indiana's second commitment in the 2014 class, joining Virginia guard Robert Johnson. What will Hoetzel bring to the Hoosiers?

"Right away I'll definitely bring my shooting, but also my personality," Hoetzel said. "I'll put a smile on a lot of people's faces that don't know me. I can't wait to get down there."

EVAN DANIELS' TAKE: "What Hoetzel brings to the table is an ability to shoot. He's very good in pick and pop situations and is able to stretch the floor with his jump shot."

JOSH GERSHON'S TAKE: "Max Hoetzel, before he left California, was one of the top shooters on the West Coast. He has good size at about 6-foot-7, plays hard, and is a guy the defense always has to key on due to his ability to shoot., which he can do off the catch or pull. He'll need to keep getting stronger and expanding his offensive arsenal, but he's a kid with a definite weapon in his jump shot."

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