Bielfeldt Released, Michigan Still Has A Spot

Submitted by Brian on April 21st, 2015 at 2:21 PM

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Max Bielfeldt was re-listed as a senior a couple years back and walked on senior day, so his departure was expected. It's now official, per Jeff Goodman. Bielfeldt himself:

"With (LeVert) taking that scholarship, any little option of something else happening -- me coming back -- got a little bit smaller," Bielfeldt said. "The odds aren't very high that I come back here next year."

As a grad transfer Bielfeldt can be immediately eligible next year; Bradley, near his home, has been mentioned as a possibility. Dan Dakich will still talk about his calves during Michigan games for nostalgia's sake.

Meanwhile, despite Caris's decision to stay Michigan is still under the impression they have room for another player next year.

U-M coaches have made it clear that even with LeVert's return, the roster will have room for at least one addition.

Following Tuesday's announcement by LeVert, Troy Manns, [Kenny] Williams' coach at LC Bird High School coach in Richmond, told MLive that LeVert's return does not impact Williams' interest in Michigan.

"No, not at all," he said.

Asked if Michigan told Williams it still would have space for him if LeVert remaining a Wolverine, Manns answered, simply, "Yes."

With seemingly everyone else content to fight out the playing time crunch next year that would likely be Austin Hatch either going on medical hardship or, if his family is so inclined, becoming a walk-on next year. That would cost money but would keep the door open to Hatch getting on the court some.

Comments

bsand2053

April 21st, 2015 at 2:36 PM ^

Its a testament to how hard he worked and how much he improved that a 5th year was an option for him.  Hope he finds a great fit for his grad year.

bronxblue

April 21st, 2015 at 2:49 PM ^

Congrats to him.  I'm sure he'd like to stick around for a 5th year, but he represented the university well and I wish him the best if he does transfer.

AC1997

April 21st, 2015 at 3:19 PM ^

I thought the NCAA had rules in place to prevent an athlete on scholarship from becoming a walk-on. Would Michigan have to apply for a waiver? Then again, I also remember (not that) Chris Rock walking on at OSU after leaving Michigan.

champswest

April 21st, 2015 at 3:56 PM ^

He did us proud for 4 years.  I would welcome him back, but if he really wants to play in his final year, he will be able to get a lot more minutes somewhere else.  Being the oldest and shortest big, his minutes were going to be hard to come buy.

Sopwith

April 21st, 2015 at 3:57 PM ^

I'm disappointed for him, he was turning into a solid contributor, especially at those times we absolutely needed an offensive board and a second chance. 

umumum

April 21st, 2015 at 5:28 PM ^

He just wouldn't be on scholarship.  By all appearances, his family has the wherewithal.  IMHO, Max's tweet even suggests as much--because there is no scholarship and yet Max didn't make it final.

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