Fuchs, 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, played basketball in high school at Christ the King in New York, but opted to pursue football despite having basketball scholarship offers from Columbia, Dayton, Iowa State, Rutgers, SMU and others. Fuchs originally committed to Connecticut for football, then decommitted and committed to Rutgers. He later flipped to IU after a visit and with the knowledge that he could potentially join the basketball team as well.
“Jordan is someone we’ve been aware of for some time now and had he not gotten injured in the Purdue game and had to recover from that we would have brought over to evaluate earlier,” Tom Crean said in a release. “We worked with him since last week and with Coach (Kevin) Wilson’s blessing we are adding Jordan at this time. He has considerable basketball experience and brings size, athleticism, toughness and a tremendous competitive attitude.”
As a senior at Christ the King, Fuchs averaged 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting better than 52 percent from the field.
Given that Fuchs just started working with the team last week, it seems unlikely that he would be ready to play much in tonight's game against Maryland, but who knows. Adding Fuchs is certainly a low-risk, high-reward move for Crean, and it's a smart one. He gives them another big, physical body inside for the stretch run of the Big Ten season.
Everybody that I've talked to in the New York area says Fuchs can play, and play well. Maybe he's just the piece that can help the Hoosiers make a little run in the NCAA Tournament.