Luke Fischer to be named Wisconsin Mr. Basketball

  • 03/08/2013 9:42 pm in

123112aiClass of 2013 Germantown (Wi.) center and IU signee Luke Fischer will be named Wisconsin’s Mr. Basketball on Saturday, the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association announced on Friday evening.

Germantown, led by Fischer’s 32 points, 16 rebounds, five blocks and two assists, dispatched of Oshkosh North 80-60 in the Division I state semifinals on Friday night at the Kohl Center.

The Warhawks, ranked No. 22 in the USA Today Super 25, are looking to complete their second consecutive undefeated season and state championship this weekend.

Fischer, who was averaging 21.5 points and 10 rebounds going into this weekend’s games, beat out stiff competition for the award including Bronson Koenig (Wisconsin), Nick Fuller (Nebraska), Duane Wilson (Marquette) and Matt Thomas (Iowa State).

The 6-foot-11, 225-pound IU signee committed to the Hoosiers on Dec. 31, 2011 following a win over Ohio State at Assembly Hall and signed his National Letter of Intent last November.

Fischer is rated the No. 67 prospect overall in the class of 2013 according to ESPN.com, one of four Indiana signees in the top 100. He’s drawn some comparisons to current IU sophomore Cody Zeller.

“The comparisons that I would give Luke to Cody is this: Their approach is very, very similar, their demeanor, their ability to figure things out and not get rattled is very, very similar,” Tom Crean said last December. “I would say at the same age there is a somewhat similar skill set. He can play with his back to the basket, he can play facing up. Weโ€™re excited about him.โ€

Fischer will play in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic next month at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky.

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  • Andrew

    We are going to love this guy at IU. Sorry Bo Ryan, we stole one from you. Go Hoosiers.

  • Hoosiersteve

    I like the fact he is putting up big numbers in the Kohl Center we are going to need that next year I’m sick of losing to these badgers! Congrats to Luke.

  • WisconHoosier

    Here’s a nice local article on Luke. He talks about choosing IU, not getting an offer from Wisconsin, and what he thinks of being compared to Zeller:

    Link: http://host.madison.com/sports/columnists/nick_sunderland_saied/wiaa-div-boys-basketball-germantown-s-luke-fischer-forges-own/article_4bb9466a-86c1-11e2-8f3f-001a4bcf887a.html?comment_form=true

  • WisconHoosier

    Here’s a nice local article on Luke. He talks about choosing IU, not getting an offer from Wisconsin, and what he thinks of being compared to Zeller:

    Link: http://host.madison.com/sports/columnists/nick_sunderland_saied/wiaa-div-boys-basketball-germantown-s-luke-fischer-forges-own/article_4bb9466a-86c1-11e2-8f3f-001a4bcf887a.html?comment_form=true

  • notfargj

    congratulations, luke!

  • BrierBrax

    congrats to the young man! I’ve been a huge fan of his since we got involved with him & can’t wait to see him running up & down the floor for us

  • marcusgresham

    This kid’s going to be tough. May take a year or two, but he’s going to be a load.

  • The best part, He is all so familiar with WINNING at the Kohl.

  • Redcone

    Congratulations to a most deserving basketball player !!!! I believe Luke is the second Wisconsin Mr. Basketball to wear the Candy Stripes. Todd Meier I believe was also.

  • That picture isn’t Luke Fischer.

  • HoosierKen73

    It’s not so much winning at the Kohl as it is..learning to play while being wrestled practically to the grounbd by those a$$h’les from Wisky. Note, we didn’t beat them this year at Assembly Hall either. Unless you can out physical them..it’s very tough to win against them no matter where you’re playing them. Do notice, Fischer is about 20 pounds heavier than Cody was at this point in his career… Alex…last I looked you still have Luke at 6′ 9″..on the recruiting Board…I think he has been listed at 6′ 11″ by most everyone else since his coach measure him I believe at the start of this bba;; season..and indicated he is 6′ 10″ w/o shoes…
    Anyway, I agree with Marcus..he is going to be a load.

  • HoosierKen73

    It’s not so much winning at the Kohl as it is..learning to play while being wrestled practically to the grounbd by those a$$h’les from Wisky. Note, we didn’t beat them this year at Assembly Hall either. Unless you can out physical them..it’s very tough to win against them no matter where you’re playing them. Do notice, Fischer is about 20 pounds heavier than Cody was at this point in his career… Alex…last I looked you still have Luke at 6′ 9″..on the recruiting Board…I think he has been listed at 6′ 11″ by most everyone else since his coach measure him I believe at the start of this bba;; season..and indicated he is 6′ 10″ w/o shoes…
    Anyway, I agree with Marcus..he is going to be a load.

  • joepop

    Yes it is

  • Happy for Luke! Cap it off with a state title!

  • SCHoosier

    That grinding sound we are hearing this morning is Bo Ryan’s teeth! Take the state Luke..then hit that weight room.

  • HoosierDawg

    I have liked Luke all along, even after that dreadful ” highlight” video that was linked to the site just after he committed (it was not flattering). And he has just gotten better and better. With his team’s success over the past two years, along with his high level play, how could they fail to give him Mr. BB??? Oh, unless he’s from indiana and instead of recognizing the guy who leads his team to back to back state championships, it goes to a guy who can’t get his team out of the sectional…

    Good luck to Luke and G-town in the championship game. Can’t wait to see him in candy stripes in 8 months.

  • IMO, this kid is going to be better than Zeller!

  • I just hope he PLAYS tough. This team needs a banger. We already have guys on the bench who LOOK tough.

  • MillaRed

    I was at the state semi-final game and as promised here is my report. Luke went for 32 and 16, 5 blocks.

    If Luke had two brothers that went through D1 hoops and moved on to the NBA in the state of Indiana he would be every bit of the media darling Cody Zeller is. He can play in the Big Ten right now. I realize that is a bold statement and I will explain.

    Similarities to Cody Zeller (many of which are eery)

    -Demeanor – Facial expressions rarely change regardless of the situation. All business.
    – Great passer
    – Extremely high basketball I.Q.
    – Unselfish
    – Size/length
    – Winner, tonight should be 2nd D1 state title in a row and 2nd undefeated season
    – He is the main man on a nationally ranked team
    – Humble

    Things I think he is actually better at or will be better than Cody.

    – Shot blocking. He will exceed Cody’s shot blocking stats.
    – More fluid. Cody is very athletic but looks stiff at times. Luke is SMOOTH.
    – Better around the rim. Wastes little movement. Doesn’t fade.
    – Shooter. Cody just refuses to use it. I think Luke will let them fly.

    Of course I am biased, but people, this is the closest thing to Cody we are going to find. He is not getting the national love up here in Wisconsin. They rarely do. But what else can we ask of the kid? He is the best player in the state. Back to back undefeated seasons in the Milwaukee area that has plenty of talent.

    If Luke was coming in 4 years ago it would be a different story. But with all of the talent around him (see Yogi Ferrell) he will probably start immediately if Cody moves on. In no way can Hanner or Peter do what Luke does. He needs as much weight training as possible of course but this will not stop him from contributing in 2013-14.

    Ladies and gentlemen I’m telling you, this kid is a future All-B1G performer. I have little doubt.

  • xCowHoosier

    LOVE that we are getting Wisky’s Mr. BBall…

  • Guest

    God knows, I second guess Crean’s coaching all the time (just can’t help it), but I would never, ever question his judgement in recruiting. Welcome to Indiana, Luke!

  • Yeah I think Luke is going to be a baller at Indiana sooner rather than later. he’s getting so much better. should be top 20-30 player and troy should be too. think they all get lots of pt next year.

  • A TRAIN

    i like luke he has a nice skill set and good iq..he needs to get stronger and not sur how he will hold up against big guys…he has better post moves than cody but isnt quite the athlete. im really hoping for a kirk haston type player..crean n staff did good job seeing a diamond in the rough…go iu

  • IUMIKE1

    Just when we think we have seen all of Milla’s talents we find out he is the man on the bball beat for the monastery sports mag as well as ITH. Just like Luke, he doesn’t get the deserved love and attention from the national media being in Wisconsin.

  • IUMIKE1

    Where does Crean find enough diamond polishing rags to take care of all these kids he finds so early ? Better yet how does a man, even as naturally caffeinated as Crean, find the time to do all this precious gem research and polishing ? Think Luke will be another nice addition to a needed spot. Bo Bo didn’t even offer him ? Probably thought, no use going after him if Crean wants him, I wouldn’t stand a chance plus he just doesn’t look like a kid that wants to wait 9 seconds to get the ball into our side of the court and another 25 seconds to shoot every possession.

  • jcopey

    Thanks for the update Milla. I’m really excited for Luke. Also, I think he played on the volleyball team this season so that will really help with his quick-leaping and agility. (plus can you imagine playing vball vs. a 7′ in high school??)

    He’s got great skills. Add our strength training program, coaching and facilities and away we go ๐Ÿ™‚

  • IUMIKE1

    Unless one pretty much knows everything about Luke, his high school coach, his high school team and his AAU team then this is a, ” need to read “, article, thanks for the link. Like button hit !

  • MillaRed

    Luke grew 7 inches between FR-SO year and was a primary ball handler. He is so comfortable with the ball. The word I want to use again is smooth. Cody is fantastic and I am not saying he will be as good as Cody. But he looks smoother and just as athletic. Very comfy at 12 feet. Great hands. Plays hard. One thing I noticed is this kid fights for position down low ALL THE TIME. Something I think Cody could do better.

  • MillaRed

    Luke grew 7 inches between FR-SO year and was a primary ball handler. He is so comfortable with the ball. The word I want to use again is smooth. Cody is fantastic and I am not saying he will be as good as Cody. But he looks smoother and just as athletic. Very comfy at 12 feet. Great hands. Plays hard. One thing I noticed is this kid fights for position down low ALL THE TIME. Something I think Cody could do better.

  • MillaRed

    All-State Volleyball performer. Ditto on the strength. But all of these centers need it coming in eh?