In an effort to add some size and athleticism to his team’s front-line for its stretch run, Hoosiers’ Basketball Coach Tom Crean has turned to the school’s football program. Today it was announced that 6-foot 6 freshman tight end Jordan Fuchs, would be joining the school’s hoops team. Crean addressed the addition of the versatile athlete in a release.
"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. We worked with him since last week and with Coach 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."
Fuchs averaged 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game during his senior season at Christ the King High School in Queens, New York. He was a two-star basketball prospect according to ESPN, holding basketball scholarship offers from Iowa State, SMU, Florida and Dayton among others.
During his first season on the gridiron with the Hoosiers, Fuchs caught three passes for 31 yards and one touchdown in 12 games. With spring practice not scheduled to begin until March 26th, Fuchs is unlikely to miss a significant amount of time. However, it appears that Fuchs will miss most if not all of the football team’s winter conditioning program.
Fuchs will be dressed and available for tonight’s match-up against the Terrapins in Maryland, set to tip off at 9 p.m. on Big Ten Network.