Greg Stewart of the PJ Star published a report today that Michigan hosted Peoria Notre Dame (IL) big man, 6-6/6-7/6-8 Max Bielfeldt on an unofficial visit over the weekend. Stewart quotes Bielfeldt that Michigan has not offered him a scholarship but continues to pursue 2011 prospects.
Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer attended Notre Dame’s 58-51 victory at Manual on Jan. 28. The next day, following the Irish’s 55-39 win at Bloomington, Bielfeldt hopped in the car and made the six-hour drive to Ann Arbor.
“It was pretty cool,” Bielfeldt said. “I really, really liked what I saw there.”
Bielfeldt continued to say that was not given a scholarship offer that weekend, but that he would certainly be interested if Michigan did offer. He was told that Wolverines head coach John Beilein plans to watch an upcoming game and that Michigan has narrowed down its final scholarship offer in the Class of 2011 to Bielfeldt and another player (who he didn’t know).
Bielfeldt has been posting gaudy numbers this season against quality competition, including 39 points and 13 rebounds versus 2012 Purdue commit Jay Simpson. Illinois and Valparaiso also recently hosted Max on unofficial visits. Illinois has offered Bielfeldt a preferred walk-on slot. Michigan has already taken Sai Tummala as a preferred walk-on and has been very aggressive with the walk-on program, so that is also a possibility. We’ll have more on Bielfeldt when we get the chance to catch up with him.
Whether Bielfeldt gets an offer (or a preferred walk-on offer) or not, this does prove that Michigan is continuing to pursue 2011 prospects and is not opposed to adding one more member to the class.