Former Ripley High School star and Parade high school All-American Chase Fischer said he's willing to sit out a season to remain an NCAA Division I basketball player.
Wake Forest, where Fischer spent his first two seasons as a college player, announced on Thursday that the 2011 Evans Award winner was granted his release and would be transferring.
Fischer, who played in 62 games as a freshman and sophomore for the Demon Deacons, didn't have any hard feelings with his departure.
"Baseline truth is I love Wake Forest as a school," said Fischer, whose older brother Noah Fischer played at Sissonville and Ripley before spending his college career at Marshall and University of Charleston. "I love my teammates, I love my coaching staff and there is no ill will toward anyone on that team or program.
"I just felt I could expand my game somewhere else. I am very grateful for the opportunity."
Fischer played in 31 games with three starts as a freshman at Wake Forest, averaging 6.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He averaged 26.1 minutes per game and was second on the team in 3-pointers (39-122). Wake Forest finished 13-18 overall and 4-12 in the highly competitive Atlantic Coast Conference.
However, Fischer's numbers took a nosedive during his sophomore season. This past season when the Demon Deacons finished 13-18 and in 10th place in the 12-team league with a 6-12 mark, Fischer averaged just 14.2 minutes, 4.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.67 assists.
He admits it wasn't easy sitting on the bench during critical times when he felt he could help the team.
"I had a good freshman year, played a lot and had some gaps where I would get a lot of playing time," said Fischer, who played a season-low 15 minutes vs. Maryland in the ACC Tournament, and a season-high 37 minutes in a midseason non-conference game against Wofford. "We were pretty young and inexperienced at some positions. Sometimes, the way we played, coach (Jeff Bzdelik) felt we'd be better with a different lineup in there and I respect that.
"I felt good this year, I got a lot stronger, a lot bigger and advanced my game ready to play a more significant role. I was coming in more as a shooter to give us a spark. You just roll with the punches."