Fischer rules out transfer to Big Ten school

  • 01/01/2014 9:25 pm in

In his first public comments since Monday’s announcement that he had withdrawn from Indiana, Luke Fischer said he will not consider any Big Ten schools when deciding where he’ll continue his college basketball career.

Fischer, who averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 13 non-conference games for IU, said on his Twitter account on Wednesday evening that “out of respect for coach (Tom) Crean and Indiana University, I will not be considering any Big 10 schools during this process.”

Reports earlier in the day on Wednesday suggested that Fischer could consider schools like Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin, but that will not be the case.

Fischer did not give a timetable or a list of schools that he will consider in the process.

“I want to thank coach Crean and the rest of the staff, Indiana University, and their fans for the opportunity they provided me,” he added. “My family and I will be looking at all the options available to me and making a decision on my future plans.”

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  • CreamandCrimson

    That makes sense…I didn’t think he would ever be/will ever be the shooter that Watford ended up being but I certainly see the comparison. He should be able to do more mid-range and off the dribble but yes, confidence does appear to be an issue and that makes no sense. He has been given every opportunity to succeed and the coaching staff has gone out of it’s way to build his confidence by offering him playing time but so far, it’s just not working. Based on recent comments made by CTC, I kind of think we are headed for a starting lineup of Yogi, Stan, Will, Noah and Jeff Howard (apparently Howard was going to start against Illinois before some kind of injury and Stan is “climbing the ladder” with the staff). Maybe a spot on the bench and reduced minutes will boost his game…at this point, I’m done expecting much from him so any positive we get will be a bonus in my eyes.

  • Bruce Clark

    Emotion works both ways… It’s interesting how we ‘armchair quarterbacks’ are so knowledgeable about something we have no formal training at, don’t engage in daily, have probably never been trained at: coaching. (My analogy: I can drive a car, therefore I can be a race car driver.) I really enjoy basketball but am under no delusion that I know how to lead and coach a top-level college basketball program.

    I really like our team: Williams is rough, but has great athleticism: TC did a great job with Oladipo, who came in fairly unheralded, yet very athletic. Robinson and Hollowell pretty much fit the same bill, and are big bodies that could end up being very good college players in a couple of years.

    TC has put together an inexperienced team and has 3 big scorers coming in; hopefully Vonleh stays one more year, and one full season for the rest of the team will translate into much needed experience. 2014-2015 could be another banner-raising year!

  • Hoosier Hall

    There has been speculation as to why he decided this (homesick, not fitting in, playing time, etc.). Just to give some perspective on the homesick theory, Marquette is approximately 30 minutes from Germantown, Creighton is 7 hours, B-Town is 5 hours, and so on. We will at least be able to rule out “homesick” if he goes anywhere more than 5 hours from Germantown. As to the other theories, I have no way of testing them.

  • doodle777

    Get ready because Stan will transfer next, To much talent to sit and watch Howard, AE, JH get playing time and Yogi beat the ball to death.

  • Walton

    If there are similar or greater opportunities at other schools outside of the Big Ten then I agree with you and I am sure there are, but if there weren’t then you have to look at what’s best for him, even with respect to the program that invested a lot in you.

  • And_One

    You need a new hobby. May I suggest collecting stamps or building ships-in-a-bottle?

  • calbert40

    Exactly. I think we all (myself included) mistake knowledge of a subject for wisdom. I know and understand basketball. I’m going to guess that nearly all of us taking the time to post on this site are in the same grouping. However, knowing basketball and understanding what it takes to run FLEX or a helping, pressure man to man defense doesn’t mean we are all wise basketball coaches who can teach that knowledge to others to make them better.

    We aren’t ignorant, and some are wiser than others on the subject, but I think many get frustrated after a loss and look to cast blame. The coach, rightly or wrongly, usually gets too much blame and/or praise.

    I too expect some great things in the future, including improvement with the roster this year. It may not end in a B1G title or even an upper division finish, but that doesn’t mean the season is a failure or that our coach is lousy.

  • Sam

    I was surprised about Fischer, but not shocked. If you have been an IU fan long enough nothing should shock you anymore. Transfers happen. The irony is I was just thinking about the possibility because of the time of year. There are certain times it is more likley. Either way, it always stings as a fan. Recker, Collier, Calloway, and many more have walked away leaving me shaking my head, but IU basketball roles on. Good luck to Fischer.

  • SCHoosier

    When you try to “back into” 3 defenders crowding the paint..including a 6-11 ball eater…u are asking to get stuffed with no foul because the defense has so much time to see what you are doing. IU really needs this kid to play..and I don’t think all the early season ball handling guard b.s. helped him at all. I think we all have to face the potential reality that JH’s skills are not B-10 compatible…I hope he reads this and stuffs it in my ear against MSU.

  • Jersey Hoosier

    I believe that the school from which the kid is transferring may waive the lost year requirement.

  • SCHoosier

    Best for all that we move on from Fischer. His departure really hurts the program because Luke would have been a better than average four year player by his Jr. Year..and an exceptional face the basket mid-range jump shooter. He leaves a big hole at a bad time for IU. I can see no possibility that Crean would have waived IU’s right to keep Fischer out of the conference.. appreciated the family’s go find yourself at in in-state school..excluding the Badgers.

  • SCHoosier

    I kinda figure the “urban” part of this story is the “elephant in the room” regarding fitting in. Maybe not. Who cares now.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Then we would only have lost by 0.2.

  • .1 would of won it in regulation

  • Ole Man

    Not sure; but if you can find that, please post it.
    I do know that the B1G only added that rule in 2012.

  • HoosierPat

    Does anyone think CTC should pursue a big man for next season? I don’t think Jurkin will be able to help down low. That leaves us with only Noah and Hanner as post players. Hollowell can play down low, but at this point who knows what we will get out of him.

  • b_side

    Ha, well the ra ra days ended in 1994 and 1996 when KG and Kobe became near-instant stars after a long stretch where high school players weren’t declaring for the draft. Once the shoe deals and other endorsements came along with it, the idea of building a brand has been engrained in kids’ ears. Even the Luke Fischers of the world know they can make a living now playing overseas if the NBA doesn’t come calling.

  • BrooklynHoosier

    Chase Behanan?

  • Hoosier Hall

    No thanks. We’ve had our share of the doobie brothers back when Sampson was around. I think we’ll probably end up with a solid juco transfer.

  • SCHoosier

    If you can’t play for Pitino and UL after winning a national championship…you can’t play for anybody.

  • MPmike B

    I noticed that Fischer did not thank his teammates. I wonder if it was a slip or that he did not get along with them. With him not mentioning his former teammates, I think that he did not fair well with them.—Just a thought and an opinion, and it makes you go hmmm.

  • Bricklayer

    Bruce, you’re spot on with most of your comments. I’m starting to wonder about CTC coaching but I still think overall he’s good for the program.

  • Bricklayer

    Thanks to both of you for your level headed responses, it’s getting difficult to read some of the hateful comments on the board lately.

  • Bruce Clark

    I agree Calbert40 and Bricklayer. I don’t believe any of us would be posting if we didn’t have a good amount of knowledge about basketball and were passionate about IU.

  • JethroTroll

    Obviously no analogy, or even facts, will for you.

  • JethroTroll

    IU won it’s first regular season B1G championship in 20 years last year, yet the wheels came off. Clinched it on Michigans floor to do it too, the team that played in the NC game. Yet the wheels came off!!

  • JethroTroll

    No. He can wait til next year. He’s going to be sitting out anyway.

  • JethroTroll

    He doesn’t get a scholly that first year. He would have to pay his own way.

  • JethroTroll

    It’s not prohibited. There are just rules in place that discourage it.

  • dtfreed

    The rule was you cant give a scholarship to a tranfer from another B1G school, they have to pay their own way. Funderburk, etc paid their own way.

  • JethroTroll

    Cause its not that big of a deal, except to the doomsday theorists that have been permeating this board lately.

  • JethroTroll

    My god, some of you just look for anything to gripe about.

  • WisconHoosier

    We could call Alford at UCLA and ask his advice. He has a recruiting class coming that goes 6’8, 6’9, 6’10, and 7’0. With one more scholarship to give.

  • hoosier1158

    Rumor has it he is headed to Colorado.

  • hoosier1158

    Yes, a couple. Coach has too many small forwards on the team now.

  • Ole Man

    Do you have a life? Obviously not. You keep trolling me.

  • Ole Man

    They changed it in 2012. I posted it here, But I guess, because it is an ESPN link, that it wasn’t approved.

  • pcantidote

    Players don’t owe coaches anything, but there is nothing wrong with acknowledging all of the time and energy a staff put into you, and not looking to then directly compete against them. Mounds pretty decent to me.

  • Daburns0

    I really like your comments Bruce. Keep up the good work.
    I think CTC is using this year to prepare for next year. They will hope to keep everyone who plays heavy minutes and work toward a top 5 team next year. This team has little chance of doing anything spectacular this year.

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  • CB

    I think you mean that they peaked too early. They peaked in the middle of the big season. Jordy going cold I. The tournament didn’t help either.

  • CB

    I think it’s confidence, confidence that he is doing the right things and he isn’t afraid to make a mistake. That should come with playing time.

  • emike12

    I agree. The wheels came off because four starters graduated (two went in the first four picks of the NBA draft). Hardly a collapse. Our coach does have some work to do to learn how to beat a tough zone like Syracuse uses but a drop off this year is perfectly explainable.
    I think Jersey Hoosier has been affected by the “sweet” fumes of the Jersey refineries.

  • Craig Miller

    Recruiting is fine, but I want to see some on-court leadership by Crean! This team looks so disorganized on the court and turns the ball over way too much!

  • DoucheOwebama

    Pur-WHOOOOOO? Biggest doucheb*g school in America. Pansy a$$ Toiletmakers.

  • DoucheOwebama

    Funderburk…what a knuckle dragging apeman DOUCHEB*G. F*CK that POS.

  • DoucheOwebama

    Fishhead was a crybaby doucheb*g who missed his momma. Grow a pair, diaper baby.

  • DoucheOwebama

    Fishhead was a crybaby doucheb*g who missed his momma. Grow a pair, diaper baby. You blew a BIG time opportunity to play in the HALL.