It has been a bit of a “down” year for Indiana basketball (despite their 10-3 record), simply because of the extremely high bar set by the Cody Zeller/Victor Oladipo team from 2012-2013. Now, the Hoosiers are about to lose some depth on their front line, as highly-ranked freshman Luke Fischer is set to transfer from the program.
Head coach Tom Crean had this to say (via official statement) about Fischer’s transfer:
“Luke has decided to withdraw from Indiana and pursue another educational and basketball opportunity,” head coach Tom Crean said in a statement. “He explained to us he is looking for a different fit for him. We hate to see a fine young man like Luke leave, but he has made his decision and we wish the entire Fischer family well.”
The 6-foot-11 big man was the 34th ranked recruit in the Class of 2013, and it is a bit of a surprise to see him leave the program this quickly. The young center went down with an injury during the team’s training camp, and many have attributed that with a slow start that has seen him average just 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Still, it is a bit odd for a player like Fischer to leave so quickly when he was actually seeing the court regularly, and perhaps he just didn’t fit in well in Bloomington.
In his absence, Crean will be forced to heavily rely on his #1 recruit in power forward Noah Vonleh, but the size provided by Fischer (in theory, at least) will be difficult to replace.