Notebook: Fischer makes large leap in ESPN rankings

  • 05/02/2013 8:57 am in

050213bcxAt last month’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic in Louisville, 2013 Germantown (Wis.) forward and Indiana signee Luke Fischer said he wasn’t concerned about where he fell in the national rankings.

“It doesn’t really bother me that much at all. I really don’t care about rankings,” he told Inside the Hall. “They don’t really mean much to me. I’ve just always gone out there and played and have done my own thing.”

Despite leading his high school to two straight undefeated state championships and winning Mr. Basketball, Fischer isn’t included in the or top 100.

But one of the three major services, ESPN, took notice of Fischer’s production as a senior and gave him a major bump in its final 2013 rankings that were released on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-10, 210-pound big man jumped from No. 67 to No. 34 after averaging 21.3 and 9.5 rebounds as a senior.

Three other IU signees — Noah Vonleh (13), Troy Williams (54) and Stanford Robinson (99) — were also included in the ESPNU Top 100.

Indiana’s class ranks No. 4 nationally behind Kentucky, Kansas and Memphis.

Oladipo, Zeller hold steady in mock drafts

With the passing of the NBA’s early entry deadline for the draft on April 30, several publications have updated their mock drafts and Indiana junior Victor Oladipo and sophomore Cody Zeller are unanimously in the lottery.

The NBA will hold its annual combine later this month in Chicago and the event will air live on the following times and dates:  10 a.m. May 16, ESPNU;  2 p.m. May 16, ESPN2; 10 a.m. May 17, ESPNU; 2 p.m. May 17, ESPN2.

Here’s a look at where each player is currently projected:


Other notes

· The Sporting News mentions Indiana as a program that could be included in a college basketball kickoff event in Dallas.

· Both and list IU sophomore Yogi Ferrell as honorable mention on their lists for All-Americans next season.

· 2014 recruiting target Theo Pinson is looking to trim his list of schools this month, according to Jeff Borzello of

· Christian Watford tells Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times that he’s confident he’ll be selected in next month’s NBA Draft and has hired Joel Bell of Bell Management International as his agent. (Link requires subscription)

· The Des Moines Register takes an early stab at handicapping next season’s Big Ten race and slots Indiana in at No. 6.

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  • kewaynes

    Now once they properly stot Davis and Hartman in the top 50 maybe their rankings will come off a little more respectable and reliable.

  • james

    Neither of those guys are in the top 50

  • Joe B

    I think there was a little bit of sarcasm intended in the orignial statement.. (I hope at least)

  • great to see Luke get some respect.

    As for the lottery, I thought only the top 3 picks are lottery picks. While all non playoff teams qualify for the lottery drawing, only 3 teams “win” the lottery. The rest of those teams pick in the inverse order of their record. So does the term lottery pick apply to the top 14 picks (lottery potential) or the top 3 picks that are actually granted the lottery?

  • Indiana Basketball at the AAC in Dallas? Yes, please!

  • Daniel Coffman

    The top 14 picks are all lottery picks because they didn’t make the playoffs. The teams that make the playoffs are locked into their spot based on record, while the teams that didn’t make the playoffs go through the lottery. So the 14th worst team could end up winning, but that’s extremely unlikely.

  • “Under the current rules, only the top three picks are deemed lottery picks and are chosen from the 14 teams that do not make the playoffs”


  • N71

    Looking at the ESPN player list and seeing the UK logo 6 out of the first 9 times is really just absurd. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such blatant, overt evidence of something amiss yet the NCAA sits idle. How can UK possibly do this year in and year out against Indiana, Duke, UNC, Kansas, and others. Its just ridiculous. Shoot me if they get Wiggins as well.

  • Wait, something was wrong on Wikipedia?

  • MillaRed

    Dude, have you seen all of the balls tumble around and all of the team GMs sitting around like it’s a game show? They are waiting to see where they will pick. Everyone that missed the playoffs.

  • jcopey

    I pulled up the NBA’s Rookie Pay Scale – 5th pick = $2,812,000 starting salary. 10th pick = $1,865,000. This bumps in 2nd year and has 3rd yr. option.

    Also, let’s say one of them end up at #2 = $3,835,000.

    WOW! Couldn’t be happening to two more deserving guys. Maybe Vic will take me in his crew. We can start a new HBO series – Entourage NBA – I’m the new “E” since I’m a CPA!

  • Did you use the site instead of cite?

  • MillaRed

    This is not a lot of money. These guys are selfish.

  • Kenneth234

    This is true Milla, however, early entry is all about getting to the second contract as young as possible and perhaps setting themselves up for really large 3rd and 4th contracts if at all possible.

  • BluegrassHoosier

    Luke is the real deal and good to see the national media recognize it. He will be a powerhouse starter next year.

  • SCHoosier

    Luke has the right attitude..his only concern now should be being named starting post player for IU this Fall.. This kid will earn and get all the respect and pub he gets during four excellent years at IU.

  • Patrick Galvin

    Fourteen ping pong balls numbered 1-14 are placed in a standard
    lottery machine, 4 balls at random are selected to determine the top 3 picks in the draft. Every team in the lottery has 4 digit combinations assigned to them. The worst team gets the most amount of 4 digit numbers assigned to them. (Worst team = 25% chance at winning, 250 #### combinations out of the 1000 possible combos possible).

    Three 4 digit combinations are drawn to determine the top 3 picks. The rest of teams pick in reverse order of finish.

  • plane1972

    Come on, man. Cody’s more ready than a ton of guys who get picked on “upside” alone. He proved himself for two seasons against the best in the toughest conference. Everyone in the lottery had down games. Cody had a select few, but If he had had a stronger performance against Syracuse, even in a loss, no one would be hating on him as much as they have. He is deserving of being a lottery pick and will have a nice career in the NBA.

  • twarrior87

    Do you think Cody was going to further develop his game practicing against Hanner, Peter, and Luke next year? Or do you think he would develop his game further practicing against NBA players? Why would he come back? He got mauled all year last year, might as well get paid for it.

  • twarrior87

    Milla you’re not saying Oladipo and Zeller are selfish for going to the NBA are you? I’m pretty sure I sense sarcasm, but just checking.

  • twarrior87

    But IU better not sign any kids with ties to someone who’s ex wife bought some bumper stickers 25 years ago.

  • twarrior87

    Why did Noah, Troy, and Stan fall in the rankings? If I remember correctly Noah was #7, Troy around #23, and Stan like #50 or so.

  • I’m familiar with the lottery system. I’m just questioning the terminology to call number Cody and Vic lottery picks. Although Wiki says top 3 are lottery picks, my memory tells me it’s more than that, but I didn’t think it was all the way up to 14. Maybe I’m wrong. and maybe Wiki is wrong too.

  • MillaRed

    Your senses are working well warrior

  • Ole Man

    He doesn’t weigh enough yet. He’s like 220. The kid will be bounced like a ping pong ball in the middle of the lane.

  • PDXHoosier

    A great example of how inaccurate these rankings can be. Outside of the top few that are obviously ready or near-ready for the NBA, nobody really knows how they will develop. hopefully espn is more accurate in this case.

  • Coach Sals

    I’m pretty sure Cody put on 20 pounds between his senior year of high school and the beginning of his freshman campaign….240 is not out of the question!

  • jcopey

    LMFAO! (we’ll need to fine tune some sarcasm meters around here)

  • BC

    You got to follow the money. Thats a you have to do.