I finally was able to chat with Max Bielfeldt, a 2011 big man from Peoria, Illinois who Michigan has been talking to over the past couple months. Michigan coaches gave him an official offer about a week ago but asked him to keep it on the low until yesterday. Max also holds an offer from Illinois, and his decision will be between those two schools. Here’s what Max had to say.
Describe your game. I like to play inside mostly, but I can go out and stretch the defense and hit a 3 as well.
How’s the high school season gone? We just had our first regional game this past week. We had an undefeated season at 26-0 and we just won our first playoff game and we’re headed to round two for the regional championship.
How has the season gone for you personally? Really, it couldn’t have been better. Winning helps so much. I led the team in scoring and rebounding and blocked shots, but we’ve got a great group of guards who make me look a lot better, too.
When did you start talking with Michigan? Probably about a couple months ago.
And who from Michigan have you been talking to? Coach Meyer mostly and then Coach Beilein has, too.
When did you get the offer from Michigan? He offered me a week ago, but he asked me to keep it quiet for a little bit so he could talk to the other (players who Michigan was considering offering).
You’ve visited, correct? Yeah, I took an unofficial at the end of January.
Are you planning on making an official visit soon? We’re still undecided on that. You know, with the postseason going on and everything, it’s a little more difficult.
I know Illinois wants an answer sooner rather than later. Have they given you a timeline? They never gave me anything specific, so I’m going to try to just figure it out and figure out what I’m doing next, probably within the next couple weeks.
How do you see yourself fitting into Michigan’s offense? I play the four, and I think they like to run an in-and-out along with post-ups. And that can get the guards open, too.
Anything specific about your game you’re trying to improve right now? Over the summer, I’m really going to be improving my explosiveness and quickness and everything.
Is there a player people have compared you to? Yeah, a lot of people have compared me to Luke Harangody, you know, an undersized big but strong and someone who knows how to use his body.