Courier-Journal feature on IU commitment Luke Fischer

Louisville Courier-Journal: Indiana basketball commitment Luke Fischer already sparking buzz

Luke Fischer gave Indiana University a verbal commitment to play basketball on New Year’s Day, and even before he left the Hoosiers’ basketball offices the comparisons began.

A 6-foot-11, 220-pound junior post player from Germantown, Wis., combined with the way Indiana’s Cody Zeller was playing made it inevitable.

And Fischer really doesn’t mind.

“Coach (Tom) Crean even told me he wants me to come in and be like Cody,” Fischer said. “People say that I look like him, and some say I play like him. I have no problem with that at all. I hope I can do what Cody has done.”

  • SCHoosier

    OMG he’s grown another inch since last week!!!! 
    will be 7-6 by the time he gets to IU at this rate.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    The way he and Marcus Lee are growing, if they’re both on campus in 2013, they’ll be one of the longest front courts in recent memory. Similar to a Henson and Zeller front line at UNC.

  • Verdell Jones IV

    I believe the IU staff measured him in at 6-11 after the OSU game when he committed.

  • Verdell Jones IV

    I believe the IU staff measured him in at 6-11 after the OSU game when he committed.

  • Devout Hoosier

    How did we steal this kid from Bo? Luke is a fantastic fit into the program.  Go Hoosiers!

  • inLinE6

    Luke was a Marquette bound guy. He attended Crean’s camp from very young and his family is familiar with Crean. Bo was warm on Luke but yet to offer a scholarship but already too late. Hard to steal a kid from Wisc area unless you have deep connection there.

  • Kelin Blab

    When you begin to get Cody Zeller comparisons, you must be doing something right. Really looking forward to big Luke coming to IU. 

  • Kelin Blab

    When you begin to get Cody Zeller comparisons, you must be doing something right. Really looking forward to big Luke coming to IU. 

  • cdog

    If Luke is 6’11″ and 220 pounds than I am the tooth fairy.  Try about 6’9″ and 190 pounds (dripping wet).  Don’t get me wrong, I think the kid is going to be solid and it was a great steal from Bo Ryan.  He does kind of have a similar face to Cody.  To compare this kid to Cody is absolutely crazy.  You are comparing a possible top “three” NBA pick to someone that will play for IU for four years and then get a real job. 

  • SCHoosier

    That  was my point below..these kids always get an inch or two added to their frame by either the university sports information guys or local media. Luke may get there..but he ain’t there yet. Only height estimates you can count on is when the pro scouts come in and measure them

  • Noah Cook

    In terms of impact freshman, Hollowell and Yogi will contribute the most
    next year. I think it will take Hanner 3-4 years to reach his full
    potential but Tom Crean is amazing at developing players and he should
    be a solid 1st round NBA pick after he graduates. We could also be
    shocked and see Ron and Peter turn into stars by the time their IU
    careers are over! Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey were ranked lower
    than Ron and Peter out of high school and look what they have turned
    into! Hopefully Austin Etherington doesn’t transfer. He is going to be
    a huge contributor his Junior and Senior years. Holy crap are we going
    to be deep next year! GO HOOSIERS!

  • Noah Cook

    In terms of impact freshman, Hollowell and Yogi will contribute the most
    next year. I think it will take Hanner 3-4 years to reach his full
    potential but Tom Crean is amazing at developing players and he should
    be a solid 1st round NBA pick after he graduates. We could also be
    shocked and see Ron and Peter turn into stars by the time their IU
    careers are over! Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey were ranked lower
    than Ron and Peter out of high school and look what they have turned
    into! Hopefully Austin Etherington doesn’t transfer. He is going to be
    a huge contributor his Junior and Senior years. Holy crap are we going
    to be deep next year! GO HOOSIERS!

  • SirEric

    have you seen him live? Just asking because I have not, or any video for that matter in a long time.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Yeah, but let’s hope he gains weight too! 7’6″, 220lbs would be more a tragedy than a benefit. ;) :D

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Yeah, but let’s hope he gains weight too! 7’6″, 220lbs would be more a tragedy than a benefit. ;) :D

  • JohnS

    I agree with the comment that comparing him to Cody at this stage is crazy.  But, as far as his height, he was actually measured by the coaching staff here before his commitment (while he was visiting) and he actually was taller than what he was previously listed at –  so, 6’11″ is legit.

  • Bucky

    I still don’t know what 6’11″ really means.  If barefoot, that’s something. 

    If he was in 1970′s disco shoes, it’s not as impressive.

  • Bucky

    I still don’t know what 6’11″ really means.  If barefoot, that’s something. 

    If he was in 1970′s disco shoes, it’s not as impressive.

  • Kennydescombes

    Although Yogi and Hallowell excite me for next season, after watching the Jordan H.S. classic game, I am really excited about Jurkin as well.  I do not expect him to get any time playing beside Zeller, I am really excited that we have real size and length coming off the bench to spell Zeller.  I already believe that he is more ready for decent minutes than Perea, and with the absence of returning guys to play the five it is only natural that he will have a bigger impact next year. 

  • Geoff_85

    I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing the Cody Zeller comparison a lot in the future with Indiana recruits, much like the Dwayne Wade comparison that you hear with all speedy guards that Indiana recruits who can get to the rim. If Indiana recruits a mobile big man, the Zeller comparison is likely going to be made.

  • marcusgresham

    If they’re accurate comparisons I’ll take ‘em!

  • 888

    I beleive that Ron will be a very solid player for us. Hes a lockdown defender. I think Peter will be an absolute stud. Hes already gonna be a defensive intimidator the day he steps on campus. Having Cody to go against eveyday will help him make progress in fast strides. Cody can teach him post moves. Dont be suprised if Peter is getting a strong look at the NBA his junior year. Hes a very athletic 7 footer and thats rare. He can jump all most as well as Greg Oden. I beleive he put up like 30pts., 12 rebounds, and several blocks against Caleb Tarcewski (however you spell it). Calebs a top 10 talent and Peter gave him all he wanted. Im not sure on those numbers above but i do remember they were big. Peters the steal of the entire 2012 class.

  • SCHoosier

    When all is said and done I guess its his “game” growth that we really need to see happen..and I think that will..with strength and coaching.

  • SCHoosier

    When all is said and done I guess its his “game” growth that we really need to see happen..and I think that will..with strength and coaching.

  • 888

    I think Ron could possibly become like an AJ Moye. Real good at everything great leaper/athlete.

  • MillaRed

    ……..and as we saw with Bo putting Marquette on Uthoff’s “no-transfer” list, the hate runs deep. In general, as Bucky will attest, Bo Ryan cannot stand anything Marquette. The Vander Blue situation was the final straw. He cannot stand Marquette, he cannot stand CTC, and from the look on his face when coaching has not had a bowel movement since 1986.

    And that offense??? BARF

  • MillaRed

    I saw him play a few times in the state tourney Kelin and he’s pretty solid. They had a guard that’s walking on to UW and talk about a ball hog. But the locals loved him so he wasn’t giving it up.

    Luke is no Cody but he does remind me of him in that he doesn’t force anything. He’s a quiet stat stuffer that does everything well for a big man. My buddy has a son that played against him in a few AAU tourneys and he just seems like a great kid. Well liked. Well, until he committed to indiana……..because they hate us up here. With those banners and all………….

  • MillaRed

    I have. And there is no way he is 6’9″. If he isn’t 6’11″ now he will be when he arrives. 220 pounds is a stretch but 190 seems light.

    His hands and feet are what we need to be excited about. At his size the kid has a great feel and runs the court very well.

    We’ll see how “unexcited” these peeps are about Luke when Cody is gone.

  • IUMIKE1

    Ahhhhh, yea, I’m thinking that what you said pretty much sums up nicely.

  • DarkSouth

    Bring on the hate, Wisconsin!

    I do wonder how similar a national profile Cody would have had in high school if his last name wasn’t Zeller.  Wonder how similar his “ranking” would be compared to Luke.  No doubt Cody was special, but some of those special guys are missed each year.

  • b_side

    This point gets brought up ad nauseam on here, so I might as well make it again.  

    Luke Fischer, barring major injury, will not be getting a “real” job after college.  
    He will play “professionally” somewhere, whether that be the NBA, FIBA or some random league in Japan like George Leach.  After a few years, or maybe as many as 10-15, will he then get a “real” job.  

    That said, what’s “real” now anyway?  If he becomes a coach, color commentator or any way affiliated with sports as a result of being a Hoosier, isn’t that better than sitting in a cube like many of us?

  • Geoff_85

    Fa sho Marcus G!

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