St. Mary’s graduate transfer Evan Fitzner commits to Indiana

  • 05/03/2018 3:35 pm in

St. Mary’s graduate transfer Evan Fitzner will fill the 13th and final scholarship next season in Bloomington.

The 6-foot-10 Fitzner, who took a visit to Indiana earlier this week, averaged 6.5 points and 3.5 rebounds over 105 career games with the Gaels in the West Coast Conference.

But now Fitnzer, who is a career 41.4 percent 3-point shooter, has found a a new home for his final season with his commitment to the Hoosiers on Thursday.

“He was very, very impressed by Indiana,” Fitzner’s father, Mark, told Inside the Hall. “It’s a great opportunity for him. He would like to run a little bit more. St. Mary’s was definitely a slow down team. He’s looking for an opportunity to showcase what he does. Obviously not just as an individual, but he’s a very team oriented guy.”

Fitzner, who started with a list of six schools – Boise State, Tulane, UC-Santa Barbara, Rutgers, Utah and Indiana – canceled a scheduled trip to Piscataway before committing to Indiana.

Mark Fitnzer, who played basketball at Stanford and professionally in Australia, said the family identified several schools that would be potential fits. Indiana’s need for perimeter shooting and the packline defensive style helped make the school attractive initially.

But it was Evan’s visit to Bloomington that made the Hoosiers stand out above his other suitors.

“Indiana checks off a lot of boxes, especially with the guys they have coming in,” Mark Fitzner said. “He wants to get back to the NCAA tournament, he got a taste of that a little bit. He sees Indiana as a huge opportunity to do all of that. And after visiting with the coaches, really it comes down to trust. Who is he going to trust? He wants to go out and have an even playing field so that he can go out and earn his spot on the team.”

Fitzner comes from a family of high level athletes.

His mother, Cheri, was a three time volleyball All-American at the University of Hawaii and a professional beach volleyball player.

His younger sister, Emily, was committed to USC for volleyball before a coaching change reopened her recruiting process. Indiana is a school of potential interest for her.

And his younger brother, Bryce, played football for three seasons at Kansas State and will look for another school to play out his final year of eligibility.

Now after three seasons at St. Mary’s, Evan Fitzner will play at the highest level of college basketball for a program that should be among the Big Ten’s best next season.

“He wants to play at the highest level, that’s what Indiana represents,” Mark Fitzner said. “He likes that with Coach (Archie) Miller, it’s basically what you do in practice and in games, that’s what is going to dictate who is playing.”

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  • coachv

    and you want to be a moderator. smh

  • ImYourHuckleberry

    Jethro, have no fear. He will keep doing his thing.

  • ImYourHuckleberry

    Or are you referring to the scholarship you think he should have been offered.

  • coachv

    lol

  • ImYourHuckleberry

    He left IU and went to St Mary’s…..or we traded him for player to be named later….a la Fitzner

  • coachv

    i would’t call him sub par. he is still effective even though he has no hops. he just didn’t become the great player we expected

  • coachv

    what the hell is vo2 uptake?

  • Ivan Renko

    if you read the Q&A in the subsequent article, evan states he’s graduating from St. Mary’s with a degree in business admin and will pursue a masters in education something or other at IU.

    since he graduated and will pursue a masters immediately at IU, he’s eligible to play immediately

  • Jethro Jones

    Yeah that’s what I was thinking.

  • inCMitrust

    Lung capacity would be a simple way to describe it. Top level marathon runners and pro cyclists are examples of athletes with very high V02. I believe Will Sheehy set team record on an exertion test. He would have very high V02.

  • inCMitrust

    Basketball players are great athletes and have great endurance. I could write about V02 till your face turned blue. My comment was more of a jab at myself for being an accomplished cyclist, but a terrible basketball player.

  • for whom the balls roll

    It’s in this article. That’s my source.

  • for whom the balls roll

    your milkman must have hated nicknames.

  • dwdkc

    That’s another way to do it, and I see the point–and Archie is trying to build versatility into the lineup where you can play a lot of guys with some length that can defend and offensively play inside and out. But ballhandling is a bit of a concern so that is why I put it the way I did. If Damezi and Jerome (and Al for that matter) can improve their handle it will help the versatility quite a bit. Going in to next year that is potentially a hindrance to having them at the 2.

  • dwdkc

    Depends on what you read; last I read about Thompson talked about how he was effective spacing the floor for Hurt. We will find out but sounds like he can be pretty versatile. Agree on Morgan, and I made that caveat

  • Hoosier83

    Ty. I was lost lol!

  • Outoftheloop

    Zach will love playing in the NCAA Tournament! He is a “gamer”

  • Outoftheloop

    And add in Race Thompson!

  • Koko

    Absolutely….totally forgot him.

  • Outoftheloop

    I will try harder next time.

  • coachv

    and yet, you haven’t

  • Vernon Aldrich

    Ouch! That one had to hurt Ole man… 😉

  • Ole Man

    Thanks!

  • Ole Man

    My abilities to moderate have nothing to do with your comment.
    I’m going to take it as jest rather than trolling. Ha!

  • Ole Man

    Nah. Sometimes the coffee hasn’t kicked in. LOL!

    And knowing that everyone else makes mistakes as well also eases any “cringe factor.”

    Plus, when you’re so “recognized” (for whatever reason-lol) that you have gotten into other bloggers heads so much they name themselves after you — “Ole_man_lovespurdue” — you’re doing something right!

    So, it’s all a wash, Vern. Most of the time I just grin, say “Dang!” and move on.

  • Koko

    Was coachv your basketball coach?

  • coachv

    i am the basketball court jester

  • coachv

    just admitting i remember having a milkman is dating myself. but who else is going to? …i’m not above a little self-defecating humor

  • coachv

    are you born with it or is it developed?

  • for whom the balls roll

    that’s why we like you coachv. lol.

  • coachv

    i don’t even like me

  • AndyCapp

    self-defecating, lol.

  • John D Murphy

    I’d put jake in your post and Moore in the wings but I like your brakdown

  • John D Murphy

    Kaminski red shirted his sophomore year. Olynyk his junior year. Both were non medical. Going way back at IU Chuck Franz redshirted his senior year. Also non medical

  • John D Murphy

    Morgan not on combine list released by NBA.

  • John D Murphy

    Could be a “senior moment”

  • John D Murphy

    Was just looking at his stat line and popped into their NIT loss. Coach only used 16 minutes of total bench time in an OT loss. Highest bench player only with 7 minutes. I’d transfer too.

  • coachv

    or is it because i’m old and will likely be dead within a year

  • for whom the balls roll

    I hope you’re not serious.

  • coachv

    what, with the drinking, the kids, the wife…

  • for whom the balls roll

    quit the drinking, now.

  • inCMitrust

    Born with it. Thru exercise you can get to “your”most efficient and max, but athletes with really high V02’s are naturally blessed.

  • coachv

    make me

  • coachv

    what does vo2 stand for? guess i should just google it instead of botherng you

  • for whom the balls roll

    only you can make yourself …