Fischer out with sprained shoulder

Indiana freshman Luke Fischer will miss "a few weeks" with the injury he suffered in practice.

Indiana freshman center Luke Fischer will miss "a few weeks" with a shoulder sprain he suffered in practice earlier this week.

Fischer, like fellow freshman Troy Williams (hand), likely won't be ready to participate in Hoosier Hysteria on Oct. 4.

Austin Etherington and Peter Jurkin, who had been out with injuries, are expected to practice with the team next week, according to a team release. Here's the full release:

FISCHER SIDELINED WITH SPRAINED SHOULDER

Freshman center Luke Fischer (Germantown, Wisc.), a 6-11 center, suffered a sprained left shoulder in a scrimmage earlier this week and will be out for a few weeks.

"Luke has made great strides and was playing with great confidence," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "He was being aggressive in his pursuit for the basketball when it happened."

He was a Parade All-American and Wisconsin Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year after he averaged 21.3 points and 9.5. He played for head coach Steve Showalter at Germantown (Wis.) High School and was ranked No. 34 overall by ESPN100 and the No. 4 center. He led his Germantown team to consecutive state championships in his final two years, combining for a 56-0 record his last two seasons.

ETHERINGTON, JURKIN TO PRACTICE

Two players who missed the majority of last season due to injuries, guard/forward Austin Etherington (fractured left patella) and center Peter Jurkin (lower leg) both are expected to participate in the team's official practices this week.

CREAN TO SPEAK NEXT WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Coach Tom Crean will deliver his fifth preseason lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the IU Auditorium, according to a Union Board release. The lecture is free and open to the public. This year, the title of the lecture is "The State of the Hoosier Nation."

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