Marquette center Fischer to undergo shoulder surgery
MILWAUKEE — Marquette redshirt sophomore center Luke Fischer will undergo left shoulder surgery in the near future, head coach Steve Wojciechowski announced at his year-end press conference Wednesday.
Fischer missed significant time during the preseason of his freshman year at Indiana due to a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
"Any time you have surgery I would say it is a major procedure, but it is not unusual," Wojciechowski said.
Wojciechowski said a timeframe for Fischer’s return to basketball activity will be established following the surgery.
Fischer averaged 11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 24 games for the Golden Eagles this season. The 6-foot-11 center transferred from Indiana in January of 2014 and was first eligible for Marquette’s game against Arizona State on Dec. 16.
"We think he’ll make a full recovery," Wojciechowski said. "We’re not going to rush him back into anything. He knows it is a big summer. He’s going to find ways to get better while allowing his shoulder to get 100 percent healthy."
Fischer isn’t the only Marquette player battling a significant injury, as redshirt freshman guard Duane Wilson suffered a fractured left wrist during the Big East tournament.
Wilson suffered the injury while diving into the scorers’ table chasing a loose ball with 10:54 to play in Marquette’s 78-56 first round victory over Seton Hall on March 11.
"He’ll have to take a few weeks off," Wojciechowski said. "We expect it to heal completely, fully and quickly.
"For those (Fischer and Wilson) getting healthy is more than just getting over the bumps and bruises. But we expect a full recovery."
Summer trip: Taking advantage of the NCAA rule that allows teams to go on foreign trips once every four years, Marquette will head to Italy this summer.
While the schedule of games hasn’t been finalized, Wojciechowski said the Golden Eagles will be playing three to four games against "high-level" teams. All of Marquette’s incoming freshman and transfer Wally Ellenson will be able to participate.
"This will be a good thing for our team to improve and grow," Wojciechowski said. "This is a big summer for us. We have to make the most of it."
College coaches usually rave of the benefit of foreign trips, especially because of the practice time that comes with it. The NCAA allows teams to practice 10 times before leaving for their destination.
"It gives you an opportunity to practice," Wojciechowski said. "You are able to practice in the summer months, which for a team that is going to have 50 percent of the team not ever having played a college game it will be very important to just learn how to practice.
"The four games that we get overseas, the opportunity to play together, get familiar with one another and understand how we do things is very valuable."
Former Marquette star and current director of player personnel Travis Diener played professionally in Italy from 2010-14.
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