Chase Fischer to transfer to BYU
Former West Virginia Evans Award winner and Ripley star has decided to make his next college basketball home at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Fischer, who spent his first two seasons at Wake Forest in the Atlantic Coast Conference, committed to the Cougars, where he will be eligible to play beginning in 2014 after sitting out the requisite one season after his transfer.
"It was a combination of things," said Fischer, who narrowed his schools to Ball State, Florida Gulf Coast University, Valparaiso, Wofford and BYU after being granted his release from Wake Forest in March. "It was kind of an unknown for me at first, being far away. But, I have a lot of respect for the school and I love their style of play. They play super fast, shoot a lot of 3s ... it fits my game perfectly."
In two seasons at Wake Forest, Fischer -- the 2011 winner of the Evans Award for being voted the state's top player -- played in 62 games. In his first season, he played in 31 games with three starts and averaged 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). Last season he averaged only 14.2 minutes, 4.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.67 assists.
The Demon Deacons had 13 victories in each of the two seasons Fischer played.
He'll be joining a BYU program with a rich recent history.
The Cougars reached the NCAA Tournament six consecutive years (2007-12) until falling short this past season. In 2013, BYU reached the National Invitation Tournament semifinals before falling to Baylor.
This past season, the Cougars were ranked 12th in NCAA Division I in points per game (77.1), one of the selling points for Fischer and his style of play.
"Running and gunning isn't all they do, but it's a big part of what they do," Fischer said. "Coach (Dave) Rose gives the guys a lot of freedom and he has a lot of trust in them, but with that trust comes a lot of responsibility."
Fischer is the younger brother of former Marshall and University of Charleston player Noah Fischer. Both played at Ripley, where the younger Fischer scored 2,210 points and led the state in scoring as a junior (32 points per game) and senior (37 ppg).
"BYU is a nationally recognized program, but, more importantly, I wanted to go some place I think I fit in," Fischer said.