Fischer to cover all facets for the Germantown boys hoops team

Nov. 29, 2012

In the impressive season-opening 78-62 win over highly-regarded North Shore rival Homestead on Tuesday night, everyone there saw the 28 points that all-everything 7-0 center Luke Fischer had.

They also no doubt couldn't miss many of his seven blocked shots or the many other shots he simply changed by his mere presence underneath.

But there was a lot of other things going on with the versatile and athletic Indiana recruit that the average fan may have missed.

Like how he served as a press break in the middle of the court, occasionally bringing the ball across in a pinch, or how veteran coach Steve Showalter would occasionally place him in the high post, where he could easily scan the entire lane area looking for an open teammate (he recorded at least three assists this way).

He also served as decoy on the Warhawks' favorite play, as he came back into the line-up with just two seconds left in the first half, and inbounded a perfect lob to Jake Showalter for an easy hoop that made it a 14-point lead at the break.

And then there's how his repertoire of shots have extended well beyond the dunk and the two-foot bank shot, which you would think would be a staple of a man his size.

Take for instance a sequence in the middle of the second quarter, when the Warhawks were on a 20-4 run that erased an 18-16 early period deficit.

He scored on a nifty up-and-under move, then when the Highlanders were trying to pull the ball out and slow the fast-paced Warhawks down, he used his long arms to get a steal and went in for an emphatic dunk.

He then hit a traditional post move hoop and finished off his mini-outburst with a pair of deftly dropped free throws.

Fischer had 10 points in the quarter, 17 for the half and was well on his way towards making a strong impression on Showalter.

He'll have to work hard to continue to impress Showalter, who challenged him shortly after the Warhawks' state championship confetti had been swept off the Kohl Center floor In Madison last March.

Zak Showalter, Josh Mongan, Dan Studer and all their friends would soon all be gone to graduation, and if the Warhawks were to stay on the top of the mountain, Fischer would have to be the one to carry them on his back.

"Right after the season ended, coach put me in the spotlight," said Fischer. "He told me to do whatever it took to win. It was a good thing to know."

Coach Showalter's spotlight is even brighter now, now that the season has started.

"I expect him (Fischer) to do everything," he said. "Get every rebound, make every shot. ...I expect him to do all this because it's his time."

Fischer is indeed enjoying his time this senior year. He's finalized his commitment to Indiana, which is currently ranked number one in the nation and which turned in an emphatic rout of powerful North Carolina the same night the Warhawks opened their season.

Cody Zeller, the Hoosiers' 7-0 leader, paced Indiana in that win and has served as inspiration for Fischer's expanding role with Germantown.

"I've been working a lot on my moves and a lot of the things you're seeing are things that Cody does," said Fischer. "I'm trying to incorporate some of his game into mine. That's where that all comes from."

He also got some inspiration from the Germantown boys' volleyball team's second straight North Shore Conference championship and second straight berth into the WIAA State Tournament this fall. Fischer was a dominant opposite-side hitter for the team and earned an impressive first-team all-state honor despite being only in his second year of playing the game.

Fischer credits his volleyball experience with helping his basketball defense. Despite being the help-side stopper on almost every play with his hand in the face of almost every shooter, he didn't pick up a foul until the 5:52 mark of the fourth quarter.

"That's all volleyball," said Fischer. "I've been working really hard on my timing and that (volleyball) really helps."

Fischer and the Warhawks will continue thier busy early slate with two more home games this week including another North Shore tilt Friday against state D2 power Whitefish Bay and then another 7:30 p.m. tilt on Saturday against area rival and Greater Metro Conference co-favorite Brookfield Central.

"We've had a lot of practice," said Fischer with a laugh. "I prefer the games instead."

Coach Showalter would like just the opposite.

"We've got a lot of work to do," he said coming down the stairs to the lockers after the game. "That was a wild brawl of a game. ...This team is much different (than last year's 28-0 squad). They're still learning. I'm still learning."

"You tell the guys  how hard hard it is when certain teams play us and I don't think they really believe all that until we actually play a team as good as the one we saw tonight."

"We took a couple of shots to the jaw, we wobbled, but we didn't fall."

The big guy in the middle wouldn't let them.



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