We have reached the top 5 in our countdown of Outside the Huddle’s Top 50 boys basketball player countdown. This is No. 4 in our annual preseason crowning of the top 5 players in northeast Indiana that we call the ‘First Five;’ our highest individual preseason honor.
The ‘First Five’ was started in 2018, following in the 35-plus year tradition of naming the top five area basketball players, started by a now defunct prep sports department in Fort Wayne. It is our honor to pick up and carry on that tradition with the ‘First Five,’ including our third group of honorees coming this season at the top of our Top 50 countdown.
No. 4 – Fletcher Loyer, Homestead
If you are in Northeast Indiana and don’t know about Loyer yet, then you are late to the party. Loyer and his family made the move to Fort Wayne this summer from Clarkston, Michigan for his junior season. Loyer comes from a ridiculous pedigree with his father being involved in multiple roles with various NBA franchises and his older brother being a former Mr. Basketball in the state of Michigan. But Loyer isn’t just another name in a basketball family, he can absolutely sling it. It hasn’t been since Jordan Geist moved into Homestead and helped the Spartans to a state title in 2015 that the area has seen such a talent come from the outside; Loyer is going to captivate the area just as much as Geist did.
Loyer turned a multitude of Division 1 offers into an acceptance to play at Purdue University just as this season is kicking off. Loyer is a light out shooter first and foremost and it is what he is most well known for in Michigan and the summer circuit, where he played with Indy Heat this past summer. Loyer was widely considered one of the top three point shooters in the state of Michigan last season and brings over averages of 21.8 points, 3.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game with him to Homestead. Loyer knocked down 60 three pointers a season ago at an astounding 48 percent success rate. He too is a dribble drive threat with his length making him somewhat unpredictable and he can finish through contact well. There is zero doubt that Loyer belongs when talking about Northeast Indiana’s biggest stars this season.
COACH’S QUOTE ON FLETCHER LOYER
“Another fantastic shooter who can really stretch the defense.” – Homestead coach Chris Johnson
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