Fischer Visits Madison

Just a couple weeks after working out in front of the Wisconsin coaches at the Badgers' Advanced Camp, 2013 Germantown (Wis.) forward Luke Fischer comes back to Madison with his family for a campus tour and a sit down with head coach Bo Ryan.

MADISON - Although having just sweated and grinded in front of the Wisconsin coaches early this month at the Badgers' Advanced Camp, Luke Fischer had never really gotten an up closer and personal look at the University of Wisconsin. That finally changed on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8, 195-pound Fischer – rated the 15th-best power forward in the country by – has seen his stock grow since he started all 26 games for Germantown (Wis.) HS, averaging 10.5 points per game in helping lead his team to a 24-2 overall record and an appearance in the sectional semifinals.

Throw in his work with the AAU Wisconsin Swing and Fischer has received scholarship offers from Creighton, Drake and Marquette. Although the Badgers have extended two scholarship offers to the 2013 class since the Advance Camp ended, the Badgers are waiting on Fischer, which is more than OK with the rising junior.

Badger Nation caught up with Fischer Wednesday afternoon to discuss his trip and his recruitment.

Badger Nation: What prompted you go back to Wisconsin so quickly after having just been there for its Advanced Camp?

Fischer: My family and I were talked before the elite camp about me wanting to get a couple visits in during the summer. It's been a plan for awhile, but yesterday was just the perfect day to make it all work out.

Badger Nation: Share with me what you were able to do and see at Wisconsin?

Fischer: We got there and talked to the strength and conditioning coach (Scott Hettenbach). He was really cool and he knows what he is doing. There's a reason Wisconsin has been so good recently and it's because of that. Me and my family talked to Coach Bo Ryan for like an hour in his office about everything going. Coach Greg Gard gave us a tour of the campus after that. It was a really good day.

Badger Nation: Talk about the meeting with Coach Ryan. Obviously it sounds like a lot of stuff was covered, so what can you share about how Wisconsin is recruiting you and the timeframe they are using?

Fischer: He said that they were interested and everything, but they want to watch in July a lot. He said they are going to take their time and really evaluate on what they want to do. I am OK with that. Hopefully they will give me an offer soon.

Badger Nation: What's your relationship like right now with Coach Ryan and Coach Gard?

Fischer: We're still developing it (the relationship) but at the same time, we do have a firm relationship just because we have so many connections between each other. Coach Steve Showalter, my head coach at Germantown, played for Coach Ryan when he was at Platteville. They are always talking, and I have heard so many stories about both of them from each other. I know a lot about them, stuff I have known for awhile.

Badger Nation: How does Marquette and Wisconsin compare to each other in your eyes right now?

Fischer: Marquette is on top right now, obviously, because of the offer. I've always been a big Wisconsin fan along with a big Marquette fan. They've been my two favorite teams from the area. So, it would be a hard choice if both of them did offer.

Badger Nation: So when they play in December every year, who are you cheering for?

Fischer: Depends. Last year, I got the chance to go to the Marquette game when Coach Buzz Williams invited me to it. So I got to sit behind the bench when they were playing Wisconsin. I had to cheer for Marquette because I was in the moment.

Badger Nation: Talk about your performance at the Advanced Camp. I heard it was one of Wisconsin's most attended camps under Bo Ryan, so I am curious how you developed as a person and a player?

Fischer: It was a really good camp. There were a lot of high talent players. There were usually two on each team but after the two, it kind of dropped off a little bit. It was still a really good chance to go up against some of the best guys in the state and some guys outside the state. I enjoyed it a lot.

Badger Nation: Talk to me about the month of July. It's a big month because college coaches can come watch workouts for the first time, so I am curious how you are going to approach competing?

Fischer: Coach Ryan was talking to me about this yesterday. I just have to go out there and play hard and do my best. I am only going into my junior year, so I still have two years to make an impact with what I want to do. He said if I don't do my best right away, just keep playing hard and eventually, it will all work out.

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