Luke Fischer out with left shoulder sprain

  • 09/26/2013 3:38 pm in

6-foot-11 freshman center Luke Fischer is out for the next few weeks with a left shoulder sprain, Indiana announced via a press release Thursday afternoon. Fischer suffered the sprain during a scrimmage earlier this week.

Also noted is that Peter Jurkin and Austin Etherington are expected back for the start of official practice this week. Both missed a significant amount of playing time last season due to injury.

Below the jump is the entire release, which includes information on a Tom Crean preseason lecture next week:


Freshman center Luke Fischer (Germantown, Wisc.), a 6-11 center, suffered a sprained left shoulder in a scrimmage earlier this week and will be out for a few weeks.

“Luke has made great strides and was playing with great confidence,” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “He was being aggressive in his pursuit for the basketball when it happened.”

He was a Parade All-American and Wisconsin Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year after he averaged 21.3 points and 9.5. He played for head coach Steve Showalter at Germantown (Wis.) High School and was ranked No. 34 overall by ESPN100 and the No. 4 center. He led his Germantown team to consecutive state championships in his final two years, combining for a 56-0 record his last two seasons.

Two players who missed the majority of last season due to injuries, guard/forward Austin Etherington (fractured left patella) and center Peter Jurkin (lower leg) both are expected to participate in the team’s official practices this week.

Coach Tom Crean will deliver his fifth preseason lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the IU Auditorium, according to a Union Board release. The lecture is free and open to the public. This year, the title of the lecture is “The State of the Hoosier Nation.”

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  • marcusgresham

    Maybe CTC invited Tijan to come back and speak to the team. Poor Luke was just in the vicinity of the Elbow of Doom.

  • marcusgresham

    Maybe you should be the coach; I’m sure your knowledge and methodology is far superior to his.

  • marcusgresham

    As we speak, Garl is warming up his hands, Miyagi Style!

  • MillaRed

    Ah yes a calming presence. Here is my question C&C………

    We are constantly reading about pushing, the right way, putting in the work, above and beyond in the CTC camp I get all of that I’ve done some coaching.

    But I wonder if we push these guys too hard sometimes. Last year we looked tired. It was talked about a lot in here. You read about Cheaney leaving because of this 18 hour work day (who knows if that is true).

    Another season of 2 frosh missing time. Perhaps it’s just coincidence. The vets ITH know I am a Crean fan. That’s not in question. But I watch him pace the sidelines like a jitterbug and wonder if that carries over into other aspects of the program.

    That’s all I’m saying. “If” we need to slow down, let’s slow down. If it’s a coincidence two more FR are out with injury at this point in the season for a 2nd year in a row, then I suppose it is what it is. Bad luck.

  • mk

    Nothing like some good Inside the Hall asinine comments to end my Friday.

  • Michael Crawley

    Totally uncalled for it was not Obama-care they are not even related issues. The debt cealing is to low and Luke is 6’11’ connect the dots as to what happend!

  • Andrew

    You’re talking about two completely different things. I understand your concerns w/ regards to Crean pushing the players too hard. And it extends over to the people who are or were paid to work for him, like CC. You very well might be on to something, and it’s a valid question. After all, what do any of us know other than what we see on TV, and what we see is a coach who during games doesn’t sit down for literally a second the entire season long (not counting timeouts; if he could pace during those and have the team follow him, he would). So it’s not hard to imagine that super-competitive/borderline insane mindset spilling over into every other aspect of his program. It’s the old “what’s made him successful is also his detriment” type of situation. I get that.

    But injuries, in this case a hand and a shoulder, are a different animal. Assuming these happened in the course of normal basketball-related activities (which includes weight training), than all we can do is chalk it up to bad luck. If these kids got hurt while trying to complete a military obstacle course, then that’s a different thing entirely. But I will give CTC the benefit of the doubt. Looking tired late in the year is one thing, and can be pinned on the man in charge. A couple of players going down w/ injuries happens to every team and is just an unfortunate byproduct of playing sports.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    what does asinine mean?

  • mk

    extremely stupid or foolish

  • nwin iu fan

    Where do u guys see troy Williams playing more 2 or 3 we don’t really have a 2 guard Sheehey isn’t quick enough to guard a 2 and doesn’t handle it well enough that to me it is going to be an interesting position to look @ this yr go HOOSIERs

  • Wet Vette

    A competitive environment is a given in collegiate sports with the players understanding that very issue before they even go to the college level how ever its the coaches responsibility to provide that environment in which they don’t get THE PLAYERS HURT!!! The rest of your statement simply should have not been said b/c you didn’t give any evidence that you know what goes on in these practices either therefore the Amen given to smitty was a bit premature.