Indiana freshman big man Luke Fischer transferring

Luke Fischer has been battle a shoulder injury for much of his freshman season at Indiana, but he appeared to be hitting his stride the past couple of weeks.

But Fischer won’t get the chance to prove himself in Bloomington, as the Hoosiers announced on Monday that the 6-foot-11 big man was transferring.

“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.”

Fischer was a top-100 recruit in the class of 2013, and his size was expected to be useful to the Hoosiers during his freshman season. Unfortunately, he suffered a shoulder injury in late September, which hindered his preseason development. On the season, he was averaging just 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds – but he had 10 points and three blocks last Sunday against Kennesaw State.

Crean will continue to rely on freshman power forward Noah Vonleh in the post, with classmate Troy Williams playing as a versatile four-man. Hanner Perea and freshman Devin Davis could see an increase in frontcourt minutes with Fischer gone.

Indiana is 10-3, opening up Big Ten play on Tuesday against Illinois.

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