Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Max Hoetzel to Indiana; Blackmon Jr. Enjoys Visit (UPDATED)
Max Hoetzel, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Wilbraham & Monson (Mass.), committed to Indiana Sunday following an official visit this weekend.
Paul Biancardi of ESPN.com was the first to report the news.
Hoetzel, who averaged 19 points and 8 rebounds last season, is known as a strong outside shooter and also had offers from St. John’s, UConn, Florida and Penn, according to Wilbraham & Monson coach Chris Sparks.
“Max is a terrific shooter who will add versatility to their team,” Sparks told SNY.tv. “At 6-7 he is a tough match-up, effective off the catch and off the dribble, heady and a driven young man. I’m thrilled for Max and his family.”
Hoetzel joins Virginia shooting guard Robert Johnson in Indiana’s 2014 class.
Former IU pledge James Blackmon Jr. also visited this weekend.
“It was good,” Blackmon told SNY.tv. “I liked the players.”
Blackmon Jr. is also considering Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State and Kansas and told IU’s 247Sports affiliate that he hopes to announce this week.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.