Wisconsin big man Fischer commits to Indiana

Luke Fischer, a 6-foot-10, 200-pound forward from Germantown, Wisc., committed to Indiana today, becoming the third commitment in the Class of 2013.

Fischer committed shortly after attending Saturday night’s Indiana-Ohio State game and watching the Hoosiers beat No. 2 Ohio State in front of a sold-out crowd.

“Coming down to Bloomington I had a good feeling about it,” Fischer said. “I wanted to see what the game atmosphere was like. Talking with coch Crean after the game, It just felt right and I made the choice.”

Fischer had been considering Creighton and Iowa. He said Indiana’s resurgent start helped win him over. He also said that Indiana coach Tom Crean told him he could fit into the role currently held by freshman phenom Cody Zeller.

“Coach Crean has been saying that if Cody leaves early or even if he decides to stay all four years, he’s going to need a replacement,” Fischer said. “He thinks I can replace him. That’s a big thing to say and I’m excited about it.”

Calling Fischer the next Zeller is probably taking the comparison a bit too far. Zeller, of course, was considered a Top-50 recruit for most of his high school career and was ranked in the Top 20 by his senior season. He was a McDonald’s All-American and Indiana Mr. Basketball and is an obvious favorite to be the Big Ten’s Freshman of the year.

However, Fischer shares some traits with Zeller in that he’s a tall but skinny post player with a diverse skill set.

“I’m not big on comparing them,” said Justin Litscher, Fischer’s coach with the Wisconsin Swing summer travel team. “To me, Luke Fischer is Luke Fischer and Cody Zeller is Cody Zeller. I don’t know that Luke is as far along as Cody was at this age, but they have a lot of the same skills and abilities.”

What that means, Litscher said, is Fischer has better range than your average big man, and more finesse around the basket.

“He moves really well, Litscher said. “He’s got good hands, a soft touch, and I’m guessing he’s got a pretty high ceiling. He’s not the best he’s gonna be yet. He can put on some weight on and he has a really good skill set. He can step outside and shoot it. He finishes both hands pretty well. And he does a heck of a job protecting the basket.”

Fischer is used as a center at Germantown High School, but his squad uses the Swing offense that Bo Ryan uses at Wisconsin. That requires centers to play a lot in the high post on and on the perimeter instead of just staying in the low post. He’s handled that situation well, averaging 10 points per game on a 24-2 team that reached the final eight of the state playoffs last season. So far, according to coach Steve Showalter, he’s averaging 16 points and about eight rebounds per game on a 10-0 team that is ranked No. 1 in the state.

“I don’t think he’s even scratched the surface of how good he’s gonna be,” Showalter said. “He got really, really good really fast. I don’t think even he realizes how good he can be.

Fischer joins Warren Central forward Devin Davis and Cathedral swingman Collin Hartman in the 2013 class.


  1. Winning does everything for a program! Thanks to Coach Crean—You are what we needed! I thank you for sticking w/ us and cleaning the program up! I knew you would do it! Thanks again

  2. Yogi, Hollowell, Patterson, Hartman, Davis, Lyles, Blackman and I think the Freshman at Cathedral was with Hartman

  3. By the time he leaves IU, CZ will leave behind some big shoes to fill. I like this young man’s attitude.

    I have no idea how good he is, but it is interesting to note that Wisconsin was not one of the teams mentioned in the list of those schools trying to recruit him. Wisconsin does well recruiting their state. Anyone know why Wisconsin appears to have taken a pass on young Mr. Fischer?

  4. They were recruiting him, but had not offered. He is on their list of guys they’re watching. WI already has 1 commit and have 4 other offers out for 2 more available scholarships in 2013. Two of those four guys are PF’s…

  5. Awesome! Bo Ryan always has a couple 6’10 husky bruiser/shooters. They’ve helped Wisconsin every year to be successful. Let’s keep using the Marquette pipeline! Note to Luke: if CZ stays, you might enjoy playing alongside him more than trying to fill his shoes. Let’s hope CZ only leaves after winning a title!! Go IU.

  6. “Nate Dogg
    Sunday, January 1, 2012 – 8:08 PM EST
    Awesome! Bo Ryan always has a couple 6’10 husky bruiser/shooters. They’ve helped Wisconsin every year to be successful. Let’s keep using the Marquette pipeline! Note to Luke: if CZ stays, you might enjoy playing alongside him more than trying to fill his shoes. Let’s hope CZ only leaves after winning a title!! Go IU.”

    Marquette pipeline? Really?!

  7. Biff… what’s wrong with using the Marquette pipeline? Whether or not Crean can do it is another story, Crean recruited some great players while in Wisconsin. The state of Wisconsin puts out high-D1 talent every year. There are currently some VERY good players at Marquette, several of which I would love for our program. Why wouldn’t we want to use whatever connections you have to tap into any pipeline of recruits?

    Can you articulate your point a little better maybe?

  8. Are we getting carried away on this one? The next Cody Zeller? Bo Ryan knowing IU was recruiting him didn’t offer him a ride says alot to me. Iowa and Creighton making offers is impessive but wisky not jumping all in certainatly speaks volumes! Im sure he will be a nice piee to build on but already putting the Zeller tag on him in any referance is setting up disaster!

  9. With the 5 guys comming in 2012….and the improvement of current players….the 2013 class is shaping up perfectly….we don’t need one and done top 5 guys…we need 4 year players and luke fischer, davis, and hartman are those type of guys…perfect back bone for experience at the perfect time…focus on perfecting 2014

  10. Bravo! This kid looks like he could be 7’0″ by the time he steps on campus and actually laces them up. He appears to be relatively athletic via the videos on Inside the Hall, but needs to develop a mid-range jumb shot. BTW – he wasn’t offered a scholly yet by Wisconsin because Wisconsin is already at or above their limit for 2013.

  11. You can’t coach someone into being 7 feet tall so I’m glad he’s coming. But…This is exactly the type of guy that Bo Ryan always recruits. If Ryan was sold on him, there would have been a scholarship available.

  12. How can anyone see the improvement in Oladipo and Sheehey and still question Coach Crean’s ability to find talented recruits? Those thinking it will be nothing but 5 star players from here on out are going to be disappointed. This kid has talent today but he is nowhere near what he will be in 2013.

    Welcome Luke Fischer and family!

  13. Everyone who would trade 4 years of Will and Vic for 1 season of a ‘one and done’ 5 star raise your hand.

  14. My following argument doesn’t have anything to do with whether Fischer is a good pick-up or whether Oladipo or Sheehey were good recruits. Obviously Oladipo and Sheehey have been extremely valuable pieces for Indiana and if Fischer develops he could be as well. You don’t recruit using ranking systems, and Crean has obviously proven he can get top-ranked guys while also using his instincts to get and develop players who weren’t as sought after. My point being, my following argument has nothing to do with Tom Crean’s performance as a recruiter or talent evaluator.
    But I do think it’s easy to use the one-and-done thing as a trump card in a recruiting argument and I think it oversimplifies the situation. It’s not nearly as prevalent as most make it out to be. In the 2010 recruiting class, there were only eight guys who made the leap after one year. Two of those guys, Enes Kanter and Roscoe Davis, had other reasons that sort of required them to make the leap, and at least one more (Jereme Richmond of Illinois) was making an ill-advised risk. The rest of the class is still around, and I think a significant number of top guys will still be in school through at least next year. The only program that’s really using the one-and-done method as its bedrock to get players and build teams is Kentucky.
    I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with taking a role player, as they are certainly vital to any program. But my point is there’s a lot of talent in between role players and one-and-dones. Again, Crean’s 2012 class shows he can get players in that realm, so this isn’t an argument against his philosophies whatsoever. But just because everybody wants a player and he’s a top 20 or 30 recruit doesn’t mean he isn’t the kind of player you can build on because he’s going to leave in a year. A lot of guys tested the waters in the first two one-and-done classes, but the craze has come back to earth a little bit, and unless you’re taking a top 5-10 player, you’re going to get at least two years and probably three with him.

  15. Did the prospect of the lockout dragging on have anything to do with the lower one-and-done numbers? Don’t you think it had a lot to do with Hayward not staying another year at Butler after his 2009-10 season?

    Is it possible Zeller is a two-and-done? If we get beyond the first round of the NCAA tournament, is it possible he’ll even give the NBA thorough consideration after this season?

    You have to keep the talent pipeline flowing..There are no guarantees.

  16. Harvard, I think it had something to do with it, but it’s the same as the high school to the NBA movement. At some point, the system snaps itself back to reality. In every class, there are a few players who are ready to go straight to the NBA, but there aren’t 20 or 30 who are ready to be taken in a 60-man draft. The 2006 and 2007 classes were pretty exceptional to begin with, but there were guys who wouldn’t have made the leap otherwise. I’m sure the lockout factored in to a degree for some of the players who stuck around this year, but in the end, I think 8-14 is going to be your one-and-done average. Still leaves a lot of stars on the board.

  17. I don’t follow it that closely..I just remember the speculation circulating around Hayward’s decision.

    It’s all rather sad…To have a shot at banners, you have to bow to prima donnas. Then, you bring in the prima donnas and they leave anyway.

    Unless you’re a school that is of the most elite status, and can repeatedly replenish with high school All-Americans year after year, the system really fights against a coach for building a team with guys that have stayed together, and played three or four years of continuity and chemistry on the floor, to achieve the ultimate.

    I think allowing guys to jump to the NBA after one year should be taken into account when jumping all over coaches that can’t seem to back up success with more success(much like the criticism now being thrown at Stevens).

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