This will be the first in an ongoing series breaking down the game of IU commitments and targets. I’ll start by looking at the guys we saw this past weekend at the Spring Classic in Fishers, using a baseball-inspired five-tool approach. Up first, 2013 commit Luke Fischer, a 6-foot-11 forward/center out of Germantown, Wisc.
ATHLETICISM: This is a mixed bag. He’s not explosive off the floor and not overpowering with his strength. As a matter of fact, it was when Fischer got pushed off the block that he was least effective offensively. But he is a fluid player who runs the court well and excels at sealing opponents to gain post position or to rebound. Fischer also has a frame that will easily handle putting on more weight/muscle. He is also a good shot blocker using his length. Of course, his worst game of the weekend came against the Eric Gordon All-Stars, the team with the most length and athleticism in the tournament. Grade: B-
BALL HANDLING: Not applicable. I didn’t see him hold the ball for more than a couple seconds at any point, let alone try dribbling much. Grade: NA
SHOOTING: Didn’t get to see much in the way of mid-range shots from Fischer, but he has an excellent free-throw stroke. He was outstanding finishing around the basket, showing comfort with using either hand in close. He was also surprisingly efficient in finishing with contact, including multiple three-point plays. Grade: B+
REBOUNDING: This might be the area where you’d most like to see Fischer improve, which is a compliment to the rest of his game. On the plus side, he’s excellent at establishing rebounding position — routinely finding a man to block out before he goes after the ball. Sometimes that does actually hurt him, as his lack of quickness to the ball sometimes allows an opponent to come beat him to the rebound. But because his man is blocked out, it also gives teammates a chance to clean up more easily. Fischer is a good two-handed rebounder, but still not strong enough or dynamic enough when he can’t get two hands to the ball. Grade: C+
COURT AWARENESS: Fischer displays a good understanding for the game, whether it’s passing out of the post, setting a screen or establishing position. He seems to know his skill set well, as well as that of his teammates, and seems like the kind of guy anybody would enjoy playing with. Grade: A