Saturday, August 21, 2010
Villanova's Fisher heating up summer circuit in NYC
By Ian Begley
Sure, scoring 105 points in a summer league game was great, but Corey Fisher is ready to move on.
Days after setting the internet ablaze with stories of his 105-point game in the Dykman summer basketball tournament, Fisher now has his sites set on his senior season at Villanova.
“I want to be a leader this year,” the Bronx-born Villanova guard said. “Now that this is my team, I just want to lead by example.”
Fisher, who was in Brooklyn on Saturday attending the Golden Hoops high school basketball tournament, reportedly hit 28 three-pointers and scored 72 points in the second half.
He says he was in Dorney Park this week and was recognized by a young child as “the guy who scored 105.”
“It was funny,” Fisher said.
But there’s nothing funny about Fisher’s approach to his final season in the Big East. That's all business. The guard will be counted on to lead the young Wildcats who will be without Scottie Reynolds.
Fisher says he won’t be counted on to shoulder more of the offensive load. He averaged 13.3 points and 3.9 assists per game last season for Villanova and says spending his summer playing against other professional and college players in the New York City streetball circuit has helped prepare him for the grueling nature of the Big East season.
“The Big East is a grind,” said Fisher, who played prep ball at St. Patrick’s HS (N.J.). “You’re playing against the best of the best, against guys that are trying to make it to the next level. Playing in NYC is the same way.”
Fisher, who was an invited guest at the Golden Hoops basketball tournament in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, says that basketball tournaments like Golden Hoops help foster a positive environment for players and fans in the community.
“It’s good for the kids and it gives people something to do,” Fisher said.