NBA free agency news continues to ebb and flow as the Las Vegas Summer League action continues to roll on, but we have to look a little farther to the east for news that’s most interesting to Marquette fans right now.
On Saturday afternoon, former MU center Luke Fischer announced that he has signed to play professional basketball with Gran Canaria.
Can't wait to call Gran Canaria home! https://t.co/dKWQmOkZyK— Luke Fischer (@Bigfishy40) July 8, 2017
Gran Canaria plays in Las Palmas in Spain, which is in the Canary Islands, just off the coast of Morocco. They play in Liga Endesa, the top Spanish professional league, which has been historically dominated by Real Madrid and Barcelona, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to you international soccer fans out there. Gran Canaria has been in the top division since the 1995-96 season, and they’ve been in the upper half of the table for almost all of that 20-plus year run, including last season when they went 21-11.
According to the press release from the club, Fischer holds an Armenian passport. It’s not specifically spelled out in the release, but I would presume that helped ease Fischer’s transition to European hoops. Euro leagues tend to have limits on foreign born players on the rosters, but if Fischer qualifies as an Armenian citizen due to his passport, then that makes it easier for him to find his way onto a roster.
From a look at Gran Canaria’s history, it seems like Fischer is joining the team at the peak of their historical performance. They’ve earned a spot in Copa del Rey in each of the past five seasons, as well as qualifying for the playoffs in each of those seasons as well. Fischer will participate in Gran Canaria’s fourth straight participation in Eurocup, the basketball equivalent of the UEFA Europa league, and they’ve advanced out of group play in each of the past three seasons. As a result of their recent success, Canaria has been participating in the ACB Supercopa in the last two seasons and won that championship last September powered by former Louisville Cardinals star Kyle Kuric.