Hoetzel transferring to San Diego State #iubb

Max Hoetzel has a landing spot, and it could prove to be a good fit.

Hoetzel tweeted Tuesday that he will enroll at San Diego State, where he can look to give a boost to the Aztecs’ inconsistent and struggling offense of a season ago. Hoetzel, who will sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules, will be eligible to play at San Diego State in time for the 2016-17 season.

According to Inside Indiana’s John Bauernfiend, who broke the story, Hoetzel visited San Diego State on Monday, sharing a meal with Aztecs coach Steve Fisher before working out for him and his staff. Hoetzel had an offer from San Diego State prior to committing to Indiana in October 2013.

Last month, Hoetzel announced his intention to transfer from Indiana after an inconsistent freshman season. Billed as a natural shooter upon his arrival, Hoetzel was pressed into action following Devin Davis’ accident in early November. IU coach Tom Crean said after the season that he would have liked to have redshirted Hoetzel had Davis remained healthy, but that was not the case.

The 6-foot-8 forward from Calabassas, Calif. appeared in 31 games for the Hoosiers, averaging 2.4 points over 7.7 minutes per contest. His opportunity to earn minutes next season would have been further crowded by the additions of Juwan Morgan and O.G. Anunoby in the 2015 recruiting class. San Diego State could use help fixing an offense that produced a 46.6 effective field goal percentage, while shooting 32 percent from 3-point range and 46 percent inside the arc. Should he reach his potential, Hoetzel could help in that regard.

Crean gave Hoetzel and Stan Robinson, who also announced his intention to transfer, access to Indiana’s practice facility while they made their decisions.

“They’re not going through our team workouts with us, but they’re in there,” Crean said last month. “They’ve got 24/7 access just like anybody else does, and if they hadn’t handled their business the right way, they wouldn’t have that. I haven’t done that for everybody in the past. That would be stupid. But when somebody is absolutely giving you their best and you want the best for them and they’re working at a really good rate and you want to see them be successful as people, you don’t just turn it off because they’re not here or because they’re not going to be with you.”

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  1. man watchin sdsu last year was painful had alot athletes who could defend but couldn’t shoot so he should get a bunch of playin time with them.lol

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