Max Bielfeldt saw his recruitment come down the wire of his senior season, with a final two of the Michigan Wolverines and the childhood favorite Illinois Fighting Illini. In the end, the Maize and Blue landed the 6'8" 230 pound forward.
"I made my decision yesterday," Bielfeldt told GoBlueWolverine. "It's what it is. It was definitely a tough decision. Both schools were such good schools both academically and athletically, I knew there wasn't a wrong decision I could make. I just really enjoyed my visit to Michigan and how I felt there."
Bielfeldt, as it stands, has only been able to talk to one coach for the Wolverines to tell them the news, and it was the head man himself.
"I haven't talked to any of the assistant coaches yet, but I did talk to Coach Beilein and he was ecstatic. He was really happy and excited to get to know me more."
Bielfeldt and his family have long been supporters and donators to the University of Illinois, so it was an understandably tough decision to turn down the Orange and Blue for the Maize and Blue, but it is a supported decision.
"My parents, when I told them, they understood," Bielfeldt explained. "They said from the beginning either school I chose they would be supportive of. It wouldn't be any hard feelings or anything and they're really happy for me."
Part of what sealed the deal for the Wolverines was a strong official visit just before Michigan went to Charlotte for their NCAA tournament appearance.
"When I was over there, I met the players and felt I meshed with the guys really well and we're all similar. I really like what the coaching staff is doing and they're playing for the future."
Part of that was this years near miraculous run to the NCAA tournament and the subsequent heartbreak, nearly taking down the top seeded Blue Devils, a game Bielfeldt kept two eyes on the entire time.
"I watched the whole Duke game. It was an incredible game and down to the wire and it would have been great if Darius had made that shot. Things happen like that, but it was a great game to watch. Next year it will be interesting and there are a lot of young players on the team and I think we'll go even further."
Getting a feel for watching the Wolverines on T.V. has helped Bielfeldt know his future role, as the coaches already have in store for him his position and place.
"Yeah, they've said that I'm probably going to mostly play the four, maybe a little of the five. Definitely going to be doing what I'm good at, you know, posting up, rebounding and pop out a little bit too."
Such a long and arduous process can be tiring on any prospect, no matter how fun it is, and Bielfeldt is glad to finally have it over.
"It's great. This whole process has been really exciting and fun but finally deciding on a school has been nice to keep your mind off of it for a while and know where you're going."
Wolverine fans won't have to wait long to see Bielfeldt in Ann Arbor, as in a few short months he will be on campus gearing up for his freshman season in attempts to help push the team further then they've been in quite some time.
"I think I'll be coming up by the end of June and working my tail off and trying to get better, and I definitely have too to play at this level. I think coming to the team I can be valuable for a big guy coming in to the paint and being able to hit some shots too."
Bielfeldt Talks Wolverine Commitment
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