Fletcher Loyer and Foster Loyer are two of the most talented and prolific shooters in college basketball. But did you know that they are also brothers? In this article, we will explore the story of the Loyer brothers, how they grew up in a basketball family, how they played for different high schools and colleges, and how they faced each other on the court for the first time.
A Basketball Family
Fletcher and Foster Loyer were born to John and Kate Loyer, who both played college sports. John Loyer was a basketball player at Akron, while Kate Loyer was a volleyball player at Indiana. John Loyer also became a basketball coach and scout, working for several NBA teams such as the Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets and Detroit Pistons. He even served as the interim head coach for the Pistons for 32 games in 2014. Kate Loyer was an assistant coach for Purdue volleyball.
The Loyer family moved around a lot due to John’s NBA career, but they always had a passion for basketball. Fletcher and Foster started playing at a young age, learning from their father and watching NBA games. They also had a grandfather, Al McFarland, who played for Purdue basketball in 1964.
Fletcher and Foster both attended Clarkston High School in Clarkston, Michigan, where they played under legendary coach Dan Fife. Foster was older by four years, so he graduated in 2018, while Fletcher graduated in 2022.
Foster was a star point guard for Clarkston, leading them to two consecutive state championships in 2017 and 2018. He averaged 25.1 points, 6.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game as a senior, shooting 51% from the field and 46% from three-point range. He was named the Mr. Basketball of Michigan in 2018, as well as the Gatorade Player of the Year and the Associated Press Player of the Year.
Fletcher was a shooting guard who played alongside his brother for two seasons at Clarkston. He averaged 22 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game as a sophomore, shooting 49% from the field and 42% from three-point range. He was named to the Detroit News All-State First Team in 2020. Clarkston was 21-1 with a 20-game winning streak when COVID-19 lockdowns shut down the season.
After Foster graduated from Clarkston, he committed to play for Michigan State under coach Tom Izzo. He played sparingly in his first three seasons with the Spartans, averaging 4.2 points and 2 assists per game as a junior.
Meanwhile, Fletcher transferred to Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for his junior and senior seasons. He wanted to play in a more competitive environment and be closer to his mother’s family. He also received an offer from Purdue, which he accepted in November 2020.
Fletcher dominated at Homestead, averaging 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game as a junior, shooting 53% from the field and 45% from three-point range. He was named to the Indiana Junior All-Star Team in 2021. As a senior, he averaged 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists per game, shooting 50% from the field and 40% from three-point range. He was named the Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year in 2022, as well as the runner-up for Mr. Basketball of Indiana.
Fletcher and Foster finally got to face each other on the court for the first time on December 17, 2022, when Purdue played Davidson at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. It was a special moment for the brothers, who had not seen each other in person for over a year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Foster had transferred to Davidson after his junior year at Michigan State, looking for more playing time and a better fit for his style of play. He thrived at Davidson under coach Matt McKillop, averaging 19.5 points, 5.5 assists and 5 rebounds per game as a senior, shooting over 40% from three-point range. He was named to the All-Atlantic-10 Second Team and the All-Atlantic-10 Tournament Team in both seasons with the Wildcats.
Fletcher had an impressive freshman season with Purdue under coach Matt Painter, averaging 13.1 points per game as the second-leading scorer for the Boilermakers. He also set the Purdue freshman single-game record for three-pointers made with six against Nebraska on December 14, 2022. He was named to the All-Big Ten Honorable Mention Team and helped Purdue win both the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles in 2023.
The game between Purdue and Davidson was a high-scoring affair, with both teams shooting well from the perimeter. Fletcher scored 22 points, making six of 10 three-pointers, while Foster scored 21 points, making five of nine three-pointers. Purdue won the game 98-88, but the Loyers hugged each other after the final buzzer and exchanged jerseys.
Fletcher Loyer and Foster Loyer are brothers who share a love for basketball and a talent for shooting. They grew up in a basketball family, played for different high schools and colleges, and faced each other on the court for the first time. They are both proud of each other’s achievements and support each other’s dreams. They are not only brothers, but also friends and rivals. They are the Loyer brothers.