By Roy & Harv Schmidt
As first predicted by Illinois Prep Bulls-eye in our most recent recruiting blurbs from this past Friday, Luke Fabrizius, the 6'8 forward from Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, IL, has verbally committed to the University of Dayton. Fabrizius reached his decision while on an official visit to the Dayton campus this past weekend.
Prior to taking his visit to Dayton, Fabrizius had announced this past week that he was down to two schools, those being the Flyers and Northwestern. However, after obtaining information from most reliable sources, we knew that Fabrizius would not be going to Northwestern. Therefore, the commitment to Dayton was pretty much inevitable.
Fabrizius enjoyed an outstanding official visit to Dayton and cited the fact that he feels most comfortable with the coaching staff, the surroundings and the players at Dayton.
There is no question that Fabrizius gives Flyer head coach Brian Gregory a superb shooting big man who can face up and knock down 3-point field goals with regularity. While outstanding shooters are always at a premium in college basketball, it is even more of an added bonus when the player has the size of someone like Fabrizius.
Fabrizius competes on the AAU circuit with the Illinois Warriors and the fact that Gregory enjoys a strong relationship with Warrior head coach Larry Butler also played into Dayton's favor with respect to landing Fabrizius. This is evidenced by the fact that another player who played his AAU ball with the Warriors, 6'2 guard Philip "Mickey" Perry, is also on the Dayton roster.