Q & A: Luke Fischer recaps July, talks improvement

It was a productive spring and summer for 2013 Indiana commit Luke Fischer as he continued his ascent in the national rankings and also won a lot of games with his Wisconsin Swing teammates on the AAU circuit.

Inside the Hall caught up with the 6-foot-9 big man from Germantown, Wisconsin to get his thoughts on his final AAU season, his improving game, how an injury last high school season helped improve his left hand and much more.

The complete transcript of our conversation with Fischer is available below:

Inside the Hall: Talk about how July went for you individually and also for the Wisconsin Swing.

Luke Fischer: I thought it went well for me. I thought I played really well. We had the three tournaments where I thought I played some of the best basketball I have in a long time. As a team, I thought we played well sometimes, but at other times we kind of struggled. That kind of showed with this last tournament (The Fab 48 in Las Vegas). We only got to the Sweet 16 and I thought we should have gotten a lot farther. It was kind of rough at the end.

ITH: You mentioned playing some of your best basketball, what specifically do you feel you were doing well?

LF: I’m more confident with the ball in my hands, more patient to set up for a move. I’m attacking the rim a lot harder and I’m not settling for layups, I’m going in hard for dunks or and-ones. I thought defensively I played pretty well blocking shots and just altering shots as well. My outside shot was also a lot better. I worked a lot on that in June with my high school team. That showed a little bit the past few months.

ITH: Back in the high school season, you had the right hand injury and talked at the time about how it could potentially help you develop your left hand. How has that progressed and have you seen any benefits with your left hand from having that injury?

LF: It’s actually helped a lot. I’ll go to my left hand almost as much as I’ll go to my right hand now. Just with jump hooks on the left side of the basket as well. It just makes it that much harder to defend me and makes it that much easier to score.

ITH: Obviously, you’ve gotten stronger over the past year, but what can you do between now and the high school season and between now and your arrival in college to continue to make strides with your strength? Do you have any specific goals on what you’d like to be able to do strength wise?

LF: I don’t have any goals set yet, but I’m sure I’ll come up with some pretty soon. Just getting in the weight room a lot, that’s what helped me last year. Playing volleyball this next fall will also help me a lot. That helped me a lot last year.

ITH: How do you feel playing volleyball helps with basketball?

LF: I think it helps me a lot with rebounding and getting that second jump in if you mistime the ball. Or even if you miss a layup, you can just go right back up for a tip-in. That second quick hop that you get from volleyball is something that really translates to basketball as well.

ITH: Talk about your visit plans to Bloomington for the fall. Will your next visit be your official or will you make it down for any football games?

LF: We’re actually hoping to get down there a lot more than we have been. Hopefully we get down there at the end of August for an open gym. I’d like to play with the guys. That’d be a lot of fun. And then after that, hopefully a football game. We’re planning on going to Hoosier Hysteria for sure. I think that’s a must. And then I don’t know when I’ll go for the official visit, but I definitely want to go with all of the other guys that have committed and kind of make it a team thing.

ITH: You got a chance to play against Devin Davis and Collin Hartman back in the spring in Indianapolis. What was your impression of both of those guys?

LF: Both of them are good. Devin’s so athletic and such a good defender. He can just jump out of the gym. Collin, he can knock down any shot. I think our class is going to be real solid.

ITH: As far as your high school season coming up this winter, you’ve set the bar high with what you accomplished last year. What are your goals for the upcoming season as a senior expected to lead the team?

LF: We just found out recently that we’re staying the No. 1 team in the state for preseason rankings. I don’t think that anyone should be able to beat us again. I think we should have another perfect season, but that’s kind of just the seniority talking. We have real good talent. Four of our five starters are going to have Division I scholarship offers, so we’re going to be tough to beat.

  • jmfriedman

    I think this kid is gonna be really good. I just hope a “certain someone” is still there to mentor him in practice….

  • SCHoosier

    Wow it must have been atough summer..Luke’s lost an inch from last years size estimates:)

  • Kris

    The more I hear about Luke, the more I’m excited about him being a Hoosier next year. He’s exactly what Crean wants… a kid that is used to winning…playing on the #1 ranked team in Wisconsin…always striving to improve his game. And it’s pretty cool that he committed to IU after watching our boys beat Ohio State last year.

  • HoosierDadE

    Maybe Luke cut down his hi-top fade like Jaquan Lyle? That’s gotta be at least an inch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.wojcik Eric Wojcik

    He could probably skip the football game.

  • HoosierFanaticFromUSI

    All of this Wisconsin talk has reminded me of how ready I am for the Hoosiers to finally beat those stinking Badgers! It will happen this year at AH. Can’t wait!

    Also, excited about Luke. He will be a great player in the Cream and Crimson.

  • SCHoosier

    He needs to get, be and play physically stronger..and it appears from these comments he is focusing on that….

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    I hope he has to pick a new jersey number as 40 is occupied.

  • Outoftheloop

    Luke is the steal of the 2013 recruiting class. When he gets to I U he will be at least 6’11. Bigs take time to develop. Luke should be ranked 60-40th when it is all over. Who is a better player at 6’10 or above in his class?

  • West_Hoosier

    My favorite part about his statement is that he wants to take his official at the same time as the other 2013 commits and make it a team thing. That is awesome to hear from any recruit.

  • Kelin Blab

    Interesting Luke is doing Volleyball and Basketball, I don’t know of very many kids who are two sport athletes these days and having volleyball as one of those sports. Good for him, I hope more kids go this route…I think running track helped Will Sheehey tremendously in basketball.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Sorry, man, Tom Pritchard graduated…

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Mixed martial arts didn’t seem to do much for Tijan Jobe.

  • DarkSouth

    Not many schools have men’s volleyball. I think tennis was great for me as a big man as footwork is such a major component of both.

    I’m wondering what other sports beyond tennis and volleyball tie in so well with basketball development.

  • HoosierDadE

    His T-Shirt is still hanging proudly

  • Mel Piepho

    Only two; Chris Walker and Jimmie Taylor, but there are many others at 6’9″, which is what Luke’s height is listed as. What’s his wing span?

  • Outoftheloop

    I have seen Luke listed as 6’11, often as 6’10, but this is the first 6’9. I believe that 6’10.5 sounds about right.

  • DarkSouth

    Not true, it made Tijan a deadly weapon. Remember this ITH write up:

    Guard Jeremiah Rivers is hobbled from a bruised thigh courtesy of a collision with Jobe. Guard Daniel Moore was knocked out by a Jobe elbow in preparation for last year’s game against Minnesota.

    “I don’t know what we’re going to do with him,” Crean says. “We have to put him in some of the drills. He has the ability to hurt his teammates. I know he doesn’t mean to, but goodness gracious.”

  • MillaRed

    I’m going to check out at least one game this winter when Luke hits the court up here in WI. Maybe even try to pass some video on to Alex. We’ll see. I think he is going to be very solid.

  • MillaRed

    You got that right. It’s killing me to live up here and watch Bo’s ugly mug own The Hoosiers. Can’t stand to watch that guy whine.

  • marcusgresham

    Hakeem Olajuwon’s footwork was credited to the fact that he spent his youth as a soccer goalkeeper.

  • marcusgresham

    Bo looks like Luca, the octopus in “Shark Tale”

  • marcusgresham

    The offensive line’s been doing that for years.

  • marcusgresham

    Calbert graduated years ago

  • 888

    The difference between building a powerhouse program and a mediocre program is finding hidden jems like Luke,Vic,and Will. You devolp them into NBA talent and top recruits will notice. CTC is doing this better than anyone in the country IMO.Its easy to see that Cody and Anthony Davis are great players but it takes a great eye to see that Victor is a stud when no other top program did. I know some of you arent highon AE or Colin but I beleive by the time they are juniors they will both be guys that are key players in our program. Theyare verysmart effective players who can shoot the lights out.

  • MillaRed

    Ha! Thats funny.

  • IUMIKE1

    It will be time to check some more things off the ole rebuild list this coming season and beating ole boy Bo will be one of them. Like you I can’t wait for it too happen. That one will get a big check mark by it, hell maybe even in red, err, rather crimson. Seen the Dekker kid that will be playing for him next year in the Derby City Classic All Star Game. In that game anyway he looked like the real deal to me. It will be interesting to see if he flourishes in Bo’s, slow as pond water offense, cause from what I have seen of the kid he could play in an uptempo style real easy.

  • Wright Harney

    I can not wait for him to get on campus.

  • iufan4life10

    I would say soccer is an excellent sport to develop footwork and moving in a small space. I have heard of some basketball players who played soccer in their youth but none come to mind atm.

    I have also heard of players taking ballet or dance classes to develop footwork, not sure if that qualifies as a sport though…?

    Tim Duncan was a great swimmer as a kid but I have no idea how that would develop a player as a secondary sport.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I don’t even want to know where he learned the Dream Shake…

  • MillaRed

    Dekker reminds of of Rex Chapman………unfortunately.

  • IUMIKE1

    Well, since he has already signed with UW, that might just turn out to be a good thing in the long run cause if he turns out to be another Chapman he more than likely won’t stay with Slow Bo or he will turn pro after only one year.

    Man, spending time & keystrokes trying to put a positive spin on that tells me that the upcoming season cannot get here too soon. Making it until then is going to take some doing.

  • FreeAgentID

    Go Luke!

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