Fabrizius Looking to Stay Close to Home

Luke Fabrizius of Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois led the Illinois Warriors 17-U AAU team all the way to the quarterfinals of the Pitt Jam Fest last weekend. In this report, WeAreDePaul.com talks to Fabrizius fresh off his performance.

Luke Fabrizius is a 6-9 forward that can shoot from the perimeter like a guard. He has been compared to shooting forwards like Steve Novak of the Houston Rockets and Kyle Korver of the Philadelphia 76ers.

As a junior at Hersey, Fabrizius earned his stripes from behind the arc with 63 trifectas. In December, Luke made the all-tournament team at the Pekin Holiday tournament. Fabrizius averaged 17.8 ppg in that tourney and dropped 26 points and a career high six three-pointers in the tournament final against Moline.

Fabrizius and the Huskies finished the season at 22-6 with Luke averaging 14.9 ppg. Fabrizius is looking forward to his senior season at Hersey, but will have to do so without head coach Don Rowley. Rowley stepped down after 18 years at the school with a 287-204 record.

Replacing Rowley will be Steve Messer, a 1985 graduate of Hersey. "He's coming over from a high school in our division," Luke said of the former Elk Grove High School coach. Messer was at Elk Grove for nine years and compiled a record of 140-123.

"I can't wait," said Luke. "I'm really excited. It will be a lot of fun. I think we're really going to have a pretty solid team. Who knows, with a new coach it's going to be a lot of fun."

One player Hersey will be without next season will be freshman guard Ben Brust. Brust recently told WeAreDePaul.com's Scott Phillips that he will be attending Mundelein High School next season.

Before he begins his senior campaign, Fabrizius will be out on the AAU circuit with the Warriors. With scholarship offers from eight Division I colleges, including Albany, Creighton, Dayton, DePaul, Indiana, Iowa State, Marquette and Northwestern, Fabrizius also has his future to think about. "I'm trying to stay somewhere close to home," said Luke. "That's one of the main things that I want to do."

Fabrizius is ranked the 25th best small forward in the nation for the class of 2008 by Scout.com. Luke is also receiving interest from Georgia Tech, Michigan State, and Wake Forest.

Fabrizius and the Warriors will next be in action at the Spiece Run' Slam in Fort Wayne, Indiana the weekend of May 4th.

Stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com for the very latest on the Blue Demons and DePaul basketball prospects.

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