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Max Bielfeldt granted release from Michigan

Max Bielfeldt has been granted a release to explore transfer opportunities for his graduate season.

As was first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Max Bielfeldt has been granted a release to explore graduate transfer opportunities.

The 6-foot-8 senior walked on Senior Day and was expected to explore transfer options after the season, but he left the door open at the Michigan basketball banquet last week.

The release means that other schools are free to contact and recruit him. He told MLive that the chances of him returning to Michigan aren’t very high.

“With (LeVert) taking that scholarship, any little option of something else happening — me coming back — got a little bit smaller,” Bielfeldt told MLive. “The odds aren’t very high that I come back here next year.”

A native of Peoria, Ill., Bradley has been mentioned as a possible landing spot for the 6-foot-8 big man who averaged 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game as a senior.

Bielfeldt reflected on his time at Michigan at the banquet.

“It’s just me in the class of 2015 now,” he said. “Back in the day, we were practicing in the IM building because this was getting built. We were lifting down at wrestling on State Street. I’m just so grateful for this to be built, and the PDC [Player Development Center] and everything that’s happened here. It’s just been so incredible.

“… It’s been a heck of a run. It’s just been so much fun to be a part of these teams.”

While there is still some uncertainty in Michigan’s scholarship situation, the Wolverines continue to recruit in the class of 2015. The Wolverines are a finalist for five-star wing Jaylen Brown and plan to continue to recruit four-star shooter Kenny Williams despite LeVert’s return.

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