The school announced Friday that Hoetzel will transfer and seek more playing time elsewhere. Earlier this week, sophomore Stanford Robinson also opted to leave the program.
“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,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said in a statement. “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.”
Crean always says that oversigning situations work themselves out, and this year is no different. The two transfers mean Indiana is no longer oversigned for next year and has scholarships available for signees Juwan Morgan and O.G. Anunoby.
The Hoosiers are still recruiting in 2015, though, so don't be surprised if another scholarship or two opens up in the days to come.
Hoetzel averaged 2.4 points in 7.7 minutes per game this season.
“I loved my time here at Indiana and can’t thank Coach Crean enough for this opportunity,” Hoetzel said in a release. “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.”