Indiana announces addition of Jordan Fuchs

  • 02/11/2015 11:06 am in

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Indiana’s frontline depth got a boost on Wednesday afternoon when the program announced the addition of Jordan Fuchs, a 6-foot-6, 230 pound forward, to the roster.

Fuchs, who is on football scholarship at Indiana as a tight end, will be available tonight for Indiana’s game with Maryland at the XFinity Center.

“Jordan is someone we’ve been aware of for some time now and had he not gotten injured in the Purdue game and had to recover from that we would have brought over to evaluate earlier,” Tom Crean said in a release. “We worked with him since last week and with Coach (Kevin) Wilson’s blessing we are adding Jordan at this time. He has considerable basketball experience and brings size, athleticism, toughness and a tremendous competitive attitude.”

Fuchs will wear No. 20.

He appeared in all 12 games for IU football this season and caught three passes for 31 yards and a touchdown. Fuchs was a dual sport athlete in high school and had scholarship offers to play basketball from Iowa State, SMU and Florida, according to an IU release.

As a senior at Christ the King in New York, he averaged 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game and shot 52.6 percent from the field.

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  • marcusgresham

    A dose of the ol’ Tijan!

  • marcusgresham

    It’s “Fyooks”—rhymes with “dukes”

  • marcusgresham

    Ross Hales?

  • millzy32

    So he had those basketball offers and he turned them down to play IU football? Something doesn’t add up there.

  • Dunbar

    You’re thinking of Ross hales but you have the wrong year. He appeared briefly in the 1993-94 season. Henderson actually played in all 4 tourney games in ’93, but on a shredded ACL was obv ineffective.

  • Key94

    Probably thought he had a better shot at the NFL at 6’6″ than the NBA.

  • Lance76

    Great to have another option, especially @ 230 lbs. We need some muscle down low when bigger teams start to push(Purdue?). Late addition may create a little anxiety in College Park today, especially with HMP back.

  • TXHoosier77

    I think that’s right. In my time at IU, Quinn Buckner arrived as a two-sport. In football he played only as a freshman, wore 34 and mostly returned kickoffs–quite a few of them unfortunately.

  • Wow, really? I really remember someone from the football team stepping in to give a few minutes here and there in the ’92-’93 season (after the winter break and in the B1G). I’m obviously misremembering, but that’s what’s stuck in my brain.

    Funny how memory works sometimes…

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    hope he does turn it around. would be a shame to waste a perfectly good 7-footer! 😉

  • Lance76

    I could be mistaken, but believe that Dane Fife was high school quarter back in Clarkston Michigan. Duel sport athletes, especially with family in couching as was Dane’s father are a great combination.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    and look how much they helped the team (said without even a hint of sarcasm)!

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    btw, our photos are from roughly the same year. 😉

  • JJ

    I wonder if he’ll have more of an impact than the Priller / April duo…

  • hoosierjody

    I see this as not being as much effective for this year but he will get a head start working with the team this year (which a lot will be the same next year) . And, this will only help adding another banger in practice now with a better shot at some potential minutes next year.
    Hey, maybe he can accelerate skills development of some players this year on the defensive side of the court.

  • KmanCRK

    by take his place…what exactly do you mean? i could find someone to take his seat on the bench in about 20 seconds.

  • KmanCRK

    I heard he already leveled Heartman with a screen in practice.

  • KmanCRK

    From what I can see, he already has…

  • KmanCRK

    With those offers coming out of H.S, the kid can play no doubt. Even if he doesn’t hit the court anytime soon, he will surely help to toughen up this squad in practice. I love it. Welcome big fella.

  • Outoftheloop

    Apparently Coach Crean is content in saying that a 6’6/230 football player who has been working with the basketball team for 1 1/2 weeks is a better potential contributor to this season’s basketball team than is a 6’11/240 scholarship basketball player who has been with the program since August. That does not reflect well on the scholarship offer (the Coach’s recruiting decision last May), nor on the coaching/development abilities of the Coach and his staff. But isn’t this a big distraction when the current season is in full swing and progressing very well, and when the Coach refuses to play a very good freshman forward who is 6’7/215 and who was playing well at the time, more than 4 minutes in the last game? This is mildly curious behavior.

  • Outoftheloop

    You are totally wrong! Quin started every game his freshman year as a safety, and I believe got an interception against Purdue 3 hours before his first appearance with the basketball team in The Big open scrimmage in Assembly Hall that night after the Purdue football game. That scrimmage was open to the public, and almost sold-out. Quinn totally dominated on the basketball floor as well, out-shinning Crews, Green, Laz, and Abernathy. Big Steve was dominant as well. I saw both of those performances by QB and could not believe it! Totally awesome!

  • TXHoosier77

    I wouldn’t like to think I’m wrong, but you remember more than I do after 42 years, to your credit

  • Outoftheloop

    Gosh, I missed the New Memo! I used to think that “motivation” and “inspiration” were part of the Head Coach’s duties. Apparently cashing the checks and flushing the toilet have replaced those duties.

  • Outoftheloop

    How can the Coach who recruited the kid, evaluated his skills and work ethic, and offered the 4 year scholarship have zero responsibility?

  • MillaRed

    I was really hoping for a lineup with Peter Jurkin and Fuchs.

    (I’m a terrible person)

  • Outoftheloop

    Yes, Hanner could be a great Goalkeeper!

  • Outoftheloop

    I will go “off” if he gets minutes over Emmitt Holt! But I wish Jordan well and hope that he can play well.

  • Andy Rafael Aguilera

    He committed to play football at UCONN.

  • David Macer

    I’ll have what you are having sir !!

  • PDXHoosier

    He’s also adding a big body to practice against, which appears to be the same reason JA and TP were brought in.

  • David Macer

    Even RMK did this !!! Anybody remember Trent “stonehands” Smock ?? Played football at IU and basketball/football for Richmond HS.

  • Brad

    You’ve got to be kidding me. Do you honestly think that he isn’t trying to motivate him? If a kid doesn’t want to work he doesn’t want to work. Did Knight ever have guys that didn’t play because they wouldn’t work?

  • MrNobody

    LOL. Knight had ball boys who the starters knew would come in the game for them if they started the game flat and uninspired. Gosh miss the days when the other team jumped out 10-2 that Knight put in a whole new five for a few minutes. Would have loved to have seen that a couple times over the last few years with our slow starts.

  • Eastwood88_2

    Crean took him cause we had no one. Taking a chance and figuring out the kid is not a good fit is just fine. WOW

  • BW!

    It is about time we as fans start asking the important questions such as: Why in the world didn’t Fuchs get the number 0?

  • Eastwood88_2

    Antonio Gates anyone???? Tony Gonzalez….not saying he a hall of fame TE, but the positions has translated well in the past.

  • MrNobody

    Or at least a 69 for goodness sakes

  • Eastwood88_2

    that makes two of us!

  • Darrell Allen

    Actually, Fuchs is a common German name … and in English would be pronounced as ” Fooks” .

  • Dunbar

    The unfortunate part about 1993, to me, is that Todd Lindeman redshirted that year after playing (very little) as a true frosh in 1992. Seemed backwards to me since in 1992 we had Eric Anderson and even before the Henderson injury IU had no depth up front in 1993 (behind AH and Nover was nothing). Lindeman was far from a difference-maker but I’ve often wondered if just having him for a few minutes here and there could have made a difference when Henderson went down. At the worst he could have guarded Oostertag for a few minutes in the Elite 8 instead of Brian Evans, who despite being 6’8″ was most definitely not a banger.

    Which brings me to this…can you imagine if message boards had existed back then??? Whoa, buddy. RMK roster mis-management, why didn’t Lindeman redshirt the year before, we should still have Funderburke, Montross is the reason UNC won the title and we didn’t, etc, hehe.

  • David Macer

    Yep, many. Go back and look at the minutes logged by players from both the ’75 and ’76 teams. Most Knight teams had 6 “iron men” playing all the minutes until the game was out of reach.

  • Ms hoosier

    I’m with you on this Emmit comes in the game and gives the team solid minutes gets rebounds and put backs and all he gets for it in return is the bench.I’m so scared we are gonna lose this kid!!!!

  • INUnivHoosier

    This thread just went PG-13.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Danke.

  • SilentBob

    It doesn’t reflect well on April’s work ethic is what most others believe. Big distraction and progressing well? What about the last 5 games has progressed well? We got our butts handed to us in three of those games. That’s a far bigger problem, and perhaps this add will give some of the others guys on our team a shot of adrenaline. Emmitt Holt is a fine young player, but he hasn’t been the same as of late. Looks a bit slow to me, and he has made a few knucklehead plays. Hartman proved to be a good option against Michigan so he logs 31 mins and we try to reincorporate Hanner. End of story.

  • David Macer

    Sorry, but I was one of those so-called ball boys from 1974 to 1978. Doug Allen and Don Noort seldom saw the floor until the game was in complete control. Same thing for Steve Ahfeld and John Kamstra. Don’t get me wrong, these were good players for IU, but the player ahead of them were exceptional.

  • David Macer

    Are you sure its not R !!

  • David Macer

    I think it says more about Hanner than Holt. HMP may not be quite the same before his injury, cautious and tentative, even out of basketball shape. Only time will tell.

  • downtownhoosier10

    Ask Brian Williams

  • Guyton25

    I’m beyond curious to see how this works out. It’s pretty exciting.