Michigan Showing Interest in Illinois Big Man

Looks can be deceiving in the case of Arlington Heights Illinois F Luke Fabrizius. His 6-8 frame might lead some to believe he does most of his damage in the paint, but his game is the complete opposite. This slender big man is more of a perimeter player and that's why he has emerged as one of John Beilein's newest targets.

When evaluating prospects, beauty is often in the eye of the beholder. In the case of Arlington Heights (IL) forward Luke Fabrizius, opinions have been mixed, but he apparently looks pretty good to Michigan coach John Beilein. The 6-8 shooter out of John Hersey High recently had a chance to speak with the new head man in Ann Arbor and it’s clear that the Wolverines have an eye on him.

“I just talked with head coach John Beilein and assistant coach Mike Jackson last week,” said Fabrizius. “Coach Beilein seems like a great guy. He told me that Michigan is definitely interested in me.”

That Fabrizius is now receiving attention from Michigan isn’t surprising when taking a look at his skill set. GoBlueWolverine had an opportunity to get an in-person account of his talent at the Spiece Run N’ Slam AAU tournament in Ft. Wayne (IN) last month. There we saw a 6-8, 180-pound youngster that could really stroke the ball from deep. He demonstrated the ability to get his shot off when defenders were running at him or playing him close. While his handle isn’t great, it is still better than opponents expect (and it’s still improving). It all adds up to a big man that is extremely comfortable on the perimeter, which is a trait that is noticeably coveted in John Beilein’s offense. While it’s clear that Fabrizius will have to develop more strength to bang inside on the college level, it not hard to see why he feels he could be successful in Michigan’s new offensive system.

“I like to get up and down the floor,” Fabrizius explained. “I like the way Coach Beilein utilizes his shooters. They run a great offense. They really get out and run.”

Basketball is only one aspect of Fabrizius’ decision criteria. With an ACT score of 28 and a strong scholastic background, it’s obvious that his success in the classroom is as important to him as his success on the hardwood. When he considers the off court attributes of the University of Michigan, he is even more intrigued about the possibility of becoming a Wolverine.

“I am very interested in Michigan,” he said. “They have a phenomenal school and their academics are unbelievable. Michigan has always been a dream school to attend.”

Aside from great academics and a system that fits his skills, there are a few other important attributes that Fabrizius is looking for in a school.

“I want to go to a school where I can play early and that is not far from home,” he said. “Around a four or five hour ride. I also would like a coach that is going to get after me and help make me into a great person and player.”

Fabrizius currently has scholarship offers from Indiana, Notre Dame, Marquette, California, DePaul, and a host of others. Despite Michigan’s absence from that list, the Maize & Blue is right in the thick of his recruitment. He indicated that will be visiting Ann Arbor sometime in the next month to get a better idea how he fits into Michigan’s 2008 recruiting plans.

GoBlueWolverine will have more on Fabrizius in the coming weeks.

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