Marquette center Luke Fischer at full strength for team’s European trip

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With one of the nation’s top recruiting classes joining the program this summer, Marquette is a team many believe to be capable of turning things around after a tough 2014-15 campaign. But one of Steve Wojciechowski’s most important players is 7-footer Luke Fischer, who was a key contributor for the Golden Eagles once he became eligible to play following his transfer from Indiana.

Fischer played last season while dealing with a left shoulder that was less than 100 percent, averaging 11.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 24 contests. With the issue having been addressed via offseason surgery, Fischer is back to full strength ahead of the team’s upcoming trip to Italy and Switzerland as noted by the Associated Press earlier this week.

(Henry) Ellenson is fully recovered after breaking his left hand in the Wisconsin high school basketball playoffs in March. He is ready to play overseas, as is junior center Luke Fischer, who is recovered from left shoulder surgery.

“I’m 100 percent,” Fischer said. “No more worries about that. I was always ahead of schedule, which was fantastic. Rehab went by real quick. I never had any worries about it, any issues with it. We’re looking great right now.”

These trips can be incredibly valuable for teams preparing for the upcoming season, especially one as young as Marquette will be in 2015-16. The Golden Eagles don’t have a scholarship senior on the roster, and they’ll have to account for the loss of their leading scorer in guard Matt Carlino as well.

Marquette won’t lack for talent, with players such as Fischer, guard Duane Wilson and freshman forward Henry Ellenson leading the way. But for a group with so many newcomers, having the extra time (in games and practices) to strengthen their chemistry will help them a great deal. Getting to visit two countries many of them have never been to isn’t a bad way to do so either.