The revolving door continues to spin within the Indiana University basketball program.
Hoetzel, a 6-8 forward from Calabassas, Calif., is the latest IU defection.
In a release put out by the IU media relations department, Tom Crean said that Hoetzel believed he deserved an opportunity where he could get more playing time. He averaged 7.7 minutes per game as an IU freshman last season.
“We were always impressed with Max’s upside and potential but unfortunately in his view it did not turn into the extended minutes he wanted,” Crean said in the release. “He would like to find a clear cut opportunity to play more and we hope he finds that. He is a hard worker who we hope will fulfill his potential and have the chance to play closer to his family.”
Hoetzel, who played in 31 games and averaged 2.4 points per game, had the following quote in the release.
“I loved my time here at Indiana and can’t thank Coach Crean enough for this opportunity,” Hoetzel said. “I want to find a school where I can have a bigger impact on the court. Hopefully, it will be somewhere my family can see me play more often.”
If Hoetzel plays Division I basketball again, he will have to sit out next season before having three seasons of eligibility remaining.