Indiana has announced that freshman forward Max Hoetzel has decided to transfer and leave the basketball program. CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein was first to report this decision, and the school confirmed it shortly afterwards.
Hoetzel's transfer puts the Hoosiers back at the maximum amount of scholarships going into next season, meaning that IU is no longer oversigned. Whether this was Hoetzel's decision or just the result of "Creaning" is still up in the air. Hoetzel is the second Hoosier to transfer this offseason, after Stanford Robinson did so earlier this week.
Hoetzel was a role player on this year's Indiana team, averaging only 7.7 minutes a game. He also averaged 2.4 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in his limited minutes. In his decision to transfer, the 6-8 forward cited a desire to get more playing time, and to play closer to his home in Calabasas, California, a suburb of Los Angeles.
Best wishes to Hoetzel in his future career. We will have more on this story as it develops.