UPDATE 5:00 p.m.: Indiana coach Tom Crean addressed the media a short time ago, and he discussed Luke Fischer's departure from Indiana.
He comments were somewhat interesting because at one point he said he wasn't shocked to hear the news, but then said no one saw it coming. Crean said Fischer informed him of his decision to transfer at 10 a.m. this morning.
"He wanted to do something different," Crean said. "Timing issues can always surprise you, but I can't stand here and say that I was in complete shock. It is what it is. You wish him the best. We'll miss his potential, we'll miss him as a person. He did an outstanding job here academically, he's an excellent young man, and we move right on. The team moves right on, practice moves right on, and you just go. It wasn't anything that anybody really saw coming."
Crean was asked what Fischer's decision means for the team in terms of a rotation.
"I don't know," Crean said. "You haven't seen a rotation yet. It creates more opportunity. Luke had good potential, there's no doubt about that. Time doesn't wait for anybody, you just gotta go."
Fischer was a four-star recruit and the 11th-ranked center in the 2013 class.
"Luke has decided to withdraw from Indiana and pursue another educational and basketball opportunity," Indiana coach Tom Crean said in a release. "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, a 6-foot-11 center from Germantown, Wisconsin, averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 10 minutes per game this season. he shot 55.6 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the foul line.
What's this mean? Well, my guess is Fischer missed home and wanted to be closer to his family. He finished his first semester at Indiana two weeks ago, which is why the timing is the way it is.
I had projected Fischer as Indiana's long-term starter at center, so this news obviously hurts. The Hoosiers become even thinner up front, with only Noah Vonleh and Hanner Mosquera-Perea as capable centers. Peter Jurkin still doesn't seem ready, and it's a stretch to say Jeff Howard or Jeremy Hollowell could fill that role.
So, expect Vonleh to play heavy, heavy minutes in Big Ten play, and expect Mosquera-Perea's role to increase. I would also expect Howard to play more.
Crean will address the media at Assembly Hall in just a few minutes so we will add more to this story later.