Michigan transfer Max Bielfeldt took to Twitter today to announce the following:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Excited to announce I'll be spending my fifth year of eligibility at Indiana University! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/B1G?src=hash">#B1G</a></p>— Max Bielfeldt (@MaxBielfeldt) <a href="https://twitter.com/MaxBielfeldt/status/605870332642095104">June 2, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Bielfeldt will look to fill the void up front for a Hoosier roster that was suddenly thin after the dismissal of Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Devin Davis. The 6'8", 245 lb forward, will be eligible immediately. During the 2014-15 season, he averaged 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in a little over 14 minutes of action per game, and will look to be a steady and experienced body off the bench.
The transfer to Indiana was no easy measure, as Bielfeldt needed to win an appeal with the Big Ten just to be allowed to transfer within the conference. Once he was cleared, Bielfeldt took his time, and named Iowa State, DePaul, Nebraska, and Indiana as his finalists.
With Fred Hoiberg leaving Iowa State for the pastures of the NBA, the opportunity to play for a nationally ranked team with a need at his position became too good to pass up, and Bielfeldt made the call for IU.
Bielfeldt is the latest in a continuing trend of taking on graduate transfers for the Hoosiers. Two years ago, Evan Gordon spent his final season in Bloomington, and just last year, Nick Zeisloft transferred to Indiana to spend his final two years of eligibility in the Big Ten.
Indiana has one remaining scholarship left for the 2015-16 year, which could be filled if Tom Crean and his staff ever decide to, you know, #PAYTHONMAKER.