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In his first public comments since Monday’s announcement that he had withdrawn from Indiana, Luke Fischer said he will not consider any Big Ten schools when deciding where he’ll continue his college basketball career.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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    this shows the guy has some class good luck to him and his further goals in life… he would have really helped the team and I was becoming a fan … but the run and gun game just didn’t seem to look like it was his type of game a good thing that comes out of this is it opens up a scholarship where we need another BIGG.

  • IUfanToby

    Even though losing him hurts, classy move by Luke to not go to another B1G school.

  • Kelin Blab

    I would assume he has to make a decision soon to be eligible at semester next season.

  • IUeconAlum

    I don’t see why it matters if he transferred to another program in the same conference. “Out of respect,” respect for what?

  • If only we had that 2.8 ppg against Illannoy.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Still hated seeing this guy go. I’m glad we won’t have to compete against him every year though. I think he will have an excellent college career.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Lol! In all seriousness, he would have been a big factor in that game. I have no doubt he could have altered and blocked some of those close shots they got by driving through our defense. A couple of blocks on Rice would have changed that game.

  • Teb

    When did he figure out what kind of tempo we played? How about the whole recruiting process.
    More to this than not fitting a scheme…..
    Remy Abel, Maurice Creek, now Luke ….something seems wrong here.

  • wyind

    It’s definitely a shame to see him go. I’m not sure if I’m buying all of the comments about the run and gun game not suiting him. Maybe it was different for him after he physically experienced it for himself, but IU’s style of play was on display throughout his entire recruitment process.

  • Drew

    Wherever he ends up, he’ll be a very good basketball player. He is fundamental, and has great size with a soft shooting touch. Not even sure why I’m explaining this, every Indiana fan is probably just as bummed as I am about the type of player we’re losing.


    Big time school assembly hall all the greatness of it all its hard to say no to he wanted to fit in to the style of it all but look at his high school career it was a slow half court playing style it just didn’t fit in he came he tried it and it didn’t fit him bummed but opens up a scholly for us maybe a another instant player and no injuries good luck to him

  • Gregory Spera

    At the start of the season, I actually said I thought he was our most important recruit, because of his skill level, the position he played and our very real need at that position. *sigh*

  • IULore

    I guess he is taking his 2.8 points where the lights don’t burn quite as bright. I really wanted him to stay, but now I can’t root for him. Anyone that leaves a golden paved road at IU….. smh…..

  • Hoosieriniowa

    Out of respect for all the time and invested with recruiting, coaching, and educating him likely against other B1G schools and then for him to compete against us because he “changed his mind”. Within the coaching circles it is more of an honor code kind of like not dating your best friend’s ex-girlfriend. And don’t try to combine these two thoughts into one. It is not to be taken that way.

  • hoosieriniowa

    Marquette unless he doesn’t like the urban setting.

  • Alford Bailey

    Saw a list of schools interested earlier today. Several big programs including Arizona showing interest, supposedly.

  • Bled4IU

    Abel, seen the talent coming in and probably realized it was a matter of time before he would start losing pt. Creek was an injury waiting to happen, staff wanted to use his scholarship on fresh talented legs (imo). Luke, I hope I eventually am able to find this one out, was getting excited about him more & more each game. This isn’t something that is just happening at IU, do some research, transfers happen all the time in div 1 ball. I wish the best for Luke and am excited to see what door this opens up for the Hoosiers. The wheels aren’t falling off in Btown, like a lot of fans are acting like.

  • dtfreed

    He also doesn’t get a scholarship at another B1G.

  • teb

    Sure players transfer all the time….
    Research this… .name me another college that has had 3 players transfer in less than a year? I don’t think the wheels are coming off, nor am I pushing the panic button…..I am concerned if this image/trend will affect future recruiting.
    I love IU and coach Crean.

  • Mooks

    I really wanted Luke to start this season.

    But we will be ok without him, but im not comfortable without him on the roster this season. Were really gonna have to go after Stephen Zimmerman.

  • Gwade8888

    How did they not even mention this on the BTN studio show yesterday, or during the broadcast? Unbelievable that we all knew about it several hours before the game and they chose to never even mention it. Weird.

  • MarkDIU10

    Well if he went to a B1G school doesn’t that mean that he has to pay his own way? Don’t think having class has anything to do with it. Its for financial reasons. I heard from a father of a current IU player that he was told that he was homesick. Not sure I believe that but Im just throwing that out there for something of an “inside” thing on the team.
    Best of luck to him, but as Sean Penn said in “Casualties of War”, “He aint on my frequency no more.” I don’t have anything against him, but I just don’t care. This team has enough problems to be concerned about.

  • CreamCrimson

    “Something wrong”?

    Abel: Reports surfaced soon after the season ended that there was an ‘incident’ that Abel was involved in. Whether or not that is true, who knows.

    Creek: He was given a 4 year scholly and was at IU for 4 years amd graduated. A series of unfortunate injuries stunted his career and he basically became a deep bench rotation player. It actually served him
    Better to seek playing time elsewhere. Good kid, but a sad path that was out of his control.

    Luke: Realized the system was different from what he was looking for. Not all (near) 7 footers are capable of that style of system. He realized he is looking for something different and can transfer and join a squad this time next yr. somewhat common actually.

    Transfers are normal. Don’t read into any more than you have to.

  • Bled4IU

    Since we just got beat by them, i will use Illinois as my example. Illinois lost 4 to graduation, then another 3 transferred this year. They had a very similar situation as we had, 4 top rated recruits came in and so 3 players baled to another school for more promising playing time. I am not comparing us to Illinois, I hate Illinois, just saying this happens especially when u have a great recruiting coach who continually brings in quality talent. The ones that step up get playing time, the ones that don’t transfer. Don’t forget we just brought in 6 freshmen, somebody’s toes were bound to get stepped on. Go IU!

  • Raynger

    Last year Cody worked out because he could run but cream’s offensive system had trouble getting the ball inside to him.

  • Jersey Hoosier

    Not so. If he wanted to attend another B1G school and IU waived its objection, he would have to sit out a year, but he would then be eligible to play and to receive a scholarship.

  • Bruce Clark

    Skys not falling – and the bashing of Crean: hmmm. Though I don’t agree with every decision TC makes, he is a top-notch coach which I believe will be borne out over time.

    Our team is young – yet we were one good possession away from beating UConn and IL and were only 4 down to the #2 team in the country (Syracuse) at the half. Yes, our turnover ratio is not good, but this is one of the youngest teams in the country.

    I liked Fischer; thought he would be a good 4-year player – but the fact is, with Vonleh playing so well, Luke wouldn’t see the kind of playing time he was hoping for. And players transferring is nothing new.

  • Jersey Hoosier

    Actually, the wheels came off during the Big 10 tourney last year, maybe even before in the Ohio State game. Very unlikely that CTC will get them back on this year.

  • Kenneth234

    The transfers really come down to having to many players of similar talent levels. When a player knows they have skills and ability, but can only realize 10 minutes a game at best, a little home sickness, or some other obstacle becomes a justifiable reason to look for something else.

  • marcusgresham

    So, were upset when Bobby Capobianco left for Valpo, too?
    Bled4IU summed it up on why Creek and Abel left, but there was also the fact that Creek has a new family and can be closer to home.

  • callison32

    Let’s be honest… He never should have left the state of Wisconsin. I hate the loss, especially for next year, but he’ll probably benefit better with this decision in the long run. While he can definately get out in transition and run a little, a slower tempo would definately fit his style more.

  • Michael Whelan

    To Bad it wasn’t Jeremy Hollowell instead of Luke Fisher.

  • HoosierTrav

    We could be so much better if Jeremy Hollowell would play to half of his potential. I think i want Hollowell to play to his potential more than I want anything else from a particular player. You have to think that this is 100% mental. I hate seeing that from kids. Afterall, its the same game he’s been playing since he was a little kid. He needs to get some F**k It in his system. Go out and play with “that killer”. SOOOOOOO much talent going to waste there.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I’m just curious, what do you think his potential is. I saw him play a handful of times in high school so I have a general idea of how he looked at Lawrence Central but what level do you think he would be at if he did “play to his potential”?

  • BluegrassHoosier

    200 mins available per game / 12 guys expecting mins = 2 to 3 transfers.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    Next man up. this is long over with

  • Walton

    It’s his life. If going to another big ten program is best best for him, then I think he should go there. Indiana isn’t going to do anything more for him moving forward to improve his life; I am not sure why he would have to do anything else for them. He needs to do whatever he thinks is best for him.

  • HoosierTrav

    Honestly, I think he’s a more athletic version of Christian Watford. He could also be a better defender than Watford was. His potential is All B1G. Like you, I watched the guy a few times in high school and on the summer circuit. He was relentless on the boards, shot the ball with confidence, and could handle the ball on the perimeter. You would see a complete game from him. He would post smaller defenders, bring bigs out to the perimeter, and either can 3’s or drive right past them to get open mid range jumpers or get fouled going to the bucket. I watched him against the Harrison twins (UK) at North Central and he dominated on the offensive end. I’m convinced that his struggles are completely due to him not having confidence. Everything he does seems rushed. We could really use his shooting ability right now.

  • HoosierTrav

    At the end of the day, I think he should have some respect for a program that gave him tremendous opportunity. His transfer definitely set us back some and it would have been a total slap in the face to make us compete against him. We could have heavily recruited other bigs. This was a classy move by the Fischer family.

  • RicahrdHow

    Arizona State and USF to name two off the top of my head

  • calbert40

    A very reasonable response, which is lacking around here lately, sadly. Like you, I don’t always agree with CTC’s decisions, but that doesn’t mean he is a poor coach. In fact, I’m certain that he knows much more about coaching in general, and this team specifically than any of us around here.

    Before the season started, we all thought that we’d be good, but we’d be inconsistent. We’d beat some teams we shouldn’t, and lose some games shouldn’t either. Truthfully, we’ve been wrong about that. We’ve beaten everyone we should’ve beaten, but we’ve lost the games we should’ve lost.

    UCONN (neutral), @SU, ND (neutral), and @ Illinois, are games before the season we would have predicted we’d lose. We may have thought we’d get ND, but I think if we were honest, we’d expect that to be a toss-up.

    We’re getting better, and that is the important thing.

  • Old timer

    Friends you had better get use to it! This isn’t the good ole days when coaches had 4 years to develop players! These new guys are stars right out of the box and want to play. They won’t sit the bench, they’ll just go to a team that will play them now. With AAU and year round ball playing, this is what you get. The ra ra days are over.

  • calbert40

    According to his quote, “Coach Crean and Indiana University.” I’m also going to guess that you could add the rest of the coaching staff and his former teammates.

    The point is that if he wanted to throw anyone under the bus, he just had his opportunity. He said nothing but positive things and showed that he is a classy individual. I think it is time that many stop yelling “FIRE” where there is no smoke.

  • And_One

    I never thought he would end up at another B1G school, but it’s nice to hear it from him. We may never know the whole story, but this is a huge disappointment. He would have been a total stud for us as a jr/sr.

  • calbert40

    According to some outlets that cover recruiting, other B1G schools have inquired about him, since he left the program. Why would they bother, if there was a prohibition against that type of transfer? It has happened in the past too. It is rare, but not unprecedented.

  • IUeconAlum

    None of your reasons make any sense. He said some nice PC things about IU, but that doesn’t have anything to do with him having the opportunity to place for another team in the same conference.
    1) Players should be able to play wherever they get offered. If I was him, I’d try to play for Northwestern (horrible team, closer to home, great school)
    2) Players owe coaches nothing. Coaches get paid millions, players get an education.
    3) What does the smoke-fire comment have to do with anything.

  • Ole Man

    True; but this analogy does not fit with Fischer.

  • Ole Man

    He gets the scholarship; he gets to play as of Jan next year; but he would lose a year of eligibility because of B1G rules.

  • Ole Man

    Luke is a class act.
    One thing not to forget, however, according to B1G rules, if you transfer to another B1G school, you lose a year of eligibility.
    That may have something to do with this announcement as well as his “class”.

  • Corey M

    It’s not like Abell or Creek were major losses… They weren’t top players that came in and left after 13 games like Fischer. It was the fact that they knew they wouldn’t be getting the PT they wanted with all of the talent we were bring in at their positions