BLOOMINGTON – Indiana freshman forward Luke Fischer is not yet Cody Zeller, despite the non-stop comparisons.
But Fischer showed a little Zeller game in Sunday’s 90-66 victory over Kennesaw State (3-10).
He ran the floor for a layup. He scored with consistency. He hustled and moved and even blocked shots.
Fischer benefited from Noah Vonleh’s foul trouble by scoring a career-high 10 points (four more than he’d ever scored before) on 4-for-5 shooting. He played a career-high 19 minutes.
“He is getting into shape and he’s getting more comfortable,” coach Tom Crean said. “He’s playing up to a fatigue level, which is helping him. He’s knocking on the door of being a really productive player for us.”
Fischer averages 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds for the season. He’s made 15 of 27 shots. IU (10-3) can use inside help entering Big Ten play.
“It starts in practice,” senior swingman Will Sheehey said. “He’s more comfortable in practice and has been really aggressive. That’s been translating into games.
“He’s posting hard, playing hard on defense. Which translates into offense as well. If he continues to do that, he’ll be a very good player for us.”
Here are some of Fischer’s thoughts after the victory:
What's been different for you recently?
“Ever since this past week started, Coach Crean has really had us running full in practice. That’s translated to games. We’ve been doing it all week long. That’s the main reason."
On having nine games until the next game
“I’m looking forward to (the break) a lot. For a lot of us, this will be the first time going back home since school started. It will be nice to see our families. It will also give us a break before the Big Ten season starts and the real action begins.”