2015 wing Ryan Fazekas attracting Big Ten interest

  • 06/25/2012 8:40 am in

Last spring, Michigan City Marquette’s Ryan Fazekas stood at just a shade over six feet.

A year and a couple of months later, the rising sophomore is 6-foot-7 and is quickly becoming a priority for several Big Ten schools.

Known primarily as a shooter, Fazekas is working to diversify his game this summer.

“I’m in the gym every day of the week two times a day,” Fazekas told Inside the Hall at the USSFA Shootout at Warren Central. “I work on everything. Post moves, dribbling, shooting, getting to the hole and getting fouls, working on my runner and pull-ups.”

Fazekas said adjusting to his growth spurt had its challenges initially, but he quickly adjusted to the added size.

“I was a little loopy when I grew a lot,” he said. “But I had good trainers who knew what to do and they straightened me out with weights and they started trying to fill me in. It’s helped a lot with my agility.”

The class of 2015 wing received an offer from nearby Valparaiso when he was 14 and is now hearing from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Xavier.

He visited Bloomington earlier this month and had an opportunity to spend the day with Tom Crean, watch film, tour the campus and meet several of the IU players.

“He’s got a lot of energy. I like how he coaches,” Fazekas said of Crean. “He’s always on his players getting them better. He knows everything they do during the day, how their grades are and just what they’re doing to get better.”

Fazekas, who is playing AAU with the Chicago based Meanstreets program, has also visited Valpo, Michigan, Michigan State and Xavier and will make a trip to Illinois on Wednesday.

While most coaches are telling him they view him as a two or three in college, Fazekas is using the unofficial visits to get a sense of how he might fit in at the schools on his list.

“I’m looking at how I fit in with the offense, where they’d put me and how they see me playing,” he said. “Mostly just how I fit in with the offense and how I like the players and coaching staff.”

Fazekas acknowledged that playing in the Big Ten is something that interests him, but ultimately he’s looking for the best fit regardless of conference.

“I’d like to play in the Big Ten. It’d be nice,” he said. “But I’m going to go to a college that I fit into and that I feel I’d be best at.”

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  • ChicagoAlum

    His high school coach is a recent IU graduate, and also coached in the Indian Elite program.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Sounds like a pretty sharp and grounded kid. My favorite part was him saying how he was working on drawing fouls. What an undervalued and under-practiced skill. That is something you need to add early to your game because it’s a mindset, not just a decision. Still no word if he’s related to Nick… Right?

  • ScoopGeoff

    Sounds like a pretty sharp and grounded kid. My favorite part was him saying how he was working on drawing fouls. What an undervalued and under-practiced skill. That is something you need to add early to your game because it’s a mindset, not just a decision. Still no word if he’s related to Nick… Right?

  • Deebo

    hopefully the next Novak or Watford

  • Reminds me a little bit of Evan Smotrycz, who played two seasons at Michigan before transferring to Maryland.

  • marcusgresham

    Six inches in a little over a year—I’m 42 and still waiting on that genetic lottery ticket

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I wonder, does he have any bounce to him?

  • HoosierDadE

    I’m waiting for the genetic lottery too Marcus…
    In the form of a 5’10” blonde, or a brunette…I’m not picky

  • jacobdetroy

    I grew 8 inches my sophomore year too. Unfortunatly, I started at 5’2″.

  • SCHoosier

    Agree with that..lot of time left for this kid to develop. Speaking of MU I see where PT’s Bluiett is making a visit. That would be a good program for him..they like to shoot the three and he wouldn’t have to be that atheltic to fit in with Coach B’s offense.

  • Andrew

    If that’s the case, let’s pass. Smotrycz is about as soft as a 6’8 guy gets. Plus I know AAU runs the world, so the actual high school season doesn’t matter to many, but it’s hard to get excited about someone who plays at a 1A school.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    6’7″ and he’s a high school sophomore? I’m thinking 6’9″ is a real possibility once he graduates and is ready for college. But even if it’s not, so what? Being a decent wing who could also post is never a bad thing. This is a prospect to keep an eye on, and see what he’s like in his senior year.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    6’7″ and he’s a high school sophomore? I’m thinking 6’9″ is a real possibility once he graduates and is ready for college. But even if it’s not, so what? Being a decent wing who could also post is never a bad thing. This is a prospect to keep an eye on, and see what he’s like in his senior year.

  • Was just comparing the games of the two and how they play, not their levels of toughness.