BLOOMINGTON — Freshman forward Luke Fischer has broken into the lineup more and more often since coming back from a shoulder injury during the preseason.
The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Germantown, Wis., native had a career-high 10 points and added three blocks, two rebounds and an assist in 19 minutes for Indiana as it beat Kennesaw State 90-66 on Sunday at Assembly Hall.
"Luke, he's knocking on the door right now of being a really productive player for us," coach Tom Crean said.
Fischer went 4 for 5 from the field and was tied for fifth on the team in minutes Sunday. He had one sequence in particular — a block, followed by a runout for a dunk on the other end — drew comparisons to former Hoosier Cody Zeller from the broadcasters and on Twitter.
"I think ever since the past week started, coach really had us running full court a lot in practice," Fischer said. "That's translated to games. We've been doing it all week long."
IU has been playing at a faster pace, which wouldn't seem conducive for a bigger player like Fischer. But he has shown a Zeller-like ability to get up and down the floor, even if the skill set isn't where Zeller's was when he was in Bloomington.
"He's more comfortable in practice, really being more aggressive, and that has been translating into the games," senior forward Will Sheehey said. "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."