Sean Merriman, web editor, March 27, 2015

Indiana University men?s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that freshman forward Max Hoetzel has requested a release from his athletic scholarship to transfer to a program where he can compete for more playing time.

?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,? said IU Coach Tom Crean. ?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, a 6-8 forward from Calabassas, California, played in 31 games and averaged 7.7 minutes and 2.4 points per game.

?I loved my time here at Indiana and can?t thank Coach Crean enough for this opportunity,? said Hoetzel. ?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.?

He will continue to have use of the team?s facilities and academic support during his remaining time at IU.