September 3, 2015 In February it was Briar Cilff, Dordt, Morningside, and Mount Mercy that had been the first schools to reach out to Ankeny Christian Academy’s 6-foot-6 wing Bradley Fisher. Since then his recruitment has remained somewhat stagnant, though…
September 3, 2015
In February it was Briar Cilff, Dordt, Morningside, and Mount Mercy that had been the first schools to reach out to Ankeny Christian Academy’s 6-foot-6 wing Bradley Fisher.
Since then his recruitment has remained somewhat stagnant, though one Des Moines NAIA is starting to get into the mix.
“Grand View is another school that has been showing some interest and pretty much that is it as of right now. I haven't talked to Mount Mercy in a long time,” said Fisher.
Fisher says Briar Cliff, Morningside, and Dordt are still showing some interest, and also mentioned Northwestern University in St. Paul. He has no set plans to visit any of the campuses, but he says it’s something he’s starting to consider.
Still an under-recruited 2016, Fisher mentioned to PHI which two schools he feels are pursuing him the most right now.
“I’d say Briar Cliff and Grand View are showing the most interest,” he said. “Grand View is in town here, so I talk to them a lot, texts and calls.”
The well-rounded wing spent his 17U offseason playing with a very talented Iowa Cornsharks squad, where he says taking a backseat to other prolific scorers allowed him to perfect other aspects of his game.
“I’m used to scoring a lot, and playing with a bunch of really good guys I had to forfeit some of that for the team,” said Fisher. “So I worked on that this summer, and worked on my passing game and trying to get a lot of assists and getting stops on defense, and I really worked on communication.”
After an outstanding junior season where he averaged 20.9 points, 4 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game, Fisher projects to be one of the most productive 2016s in the state this season — especially after the transfer of one of his teammates.
“Ben Lyon was going go be a pretty important part to our team, but he ended up transferring to Ankeny,” said Fisher. “I’ve been thinking about that, and about what I’m going to have to do now to step up. And I’ve talked to some other guys on the team about what they’re going to have to do to step up now that he's gone.”
February 17, 2015
Pairing good size with a well-rounded game, Ankeny Christian 2016 Bradley Fisher has become one of the more intriguing junior prospects in the state.
The 6-foot-5 forward is averaging 21 points per game this season, and hitting 44 percent of his 3-point attempts. He also leads the 17-4 Eagles in assists, blocks and rebounds.
He played with Iowa Cornsharks last offseason and says he plans to play with the central-Iowa AAU program again this spring and summer, and he tells PHI he’d like to continue to evolve his perimeter game.
“I definitely want to improve on my ball-handling and handle the ball a lot better,” said Fisher, PHI’s 32nd-ranked 2016. “This year my 3-point shot has improved a lot, I’ve shot a lot more, made a lot more. I’ve been getting my teammates involved a lot more this year and I’ve been trying to push the ball a lot more.”
“I definitely want to become more of a small forward, it’s just kind of how my game is evolving. I’ve never really had a big, beefy body to work inside and I’ve had the speed the take guys off the dribble.”
When we last talked with Fisher he mentioned Dordt and Morningside had reached out to him, he’s since added Briar Cliff and Mercy College to that list, and has recently taken visits to the two — he's been to Briar Cliff twice this year.
“I visited Briar Cliff a couple times, I went to a game up there,” said Fisher. “I really liked the small campus, I’ve been home-schooled my whole life and then I came here — and the coach was awesome.”
Fisher and the Eagles will host Van Meter Thursday night at 8:00 to start their postseason play.
October 2, 2014
Ankeny Christian Academy’s 6-foot-6 wing Bradley Fisher will take on a new task this season and play some point guard for the Eagles, making him one of the more versatile prospects from 2016.
“I’m pretty comfortable with the ball in my hands and passing is one thing that I feel I really improved on this summer,” said Fisher.
Last season Fisher led his team in scoring as a sophomore (17.8 ppg) and thanks in large part to his great height, he hangs his hat on being able to play anywhere on the court.
“If you don’t close out on me, I’ll knock down open shots,” said Fisher, who shot 55 percent from the floor last season. “And most guys my size can’t keep up with my foot-speed, and if they’re smaller, I can take them down to the post.”
One thing the slender utility player has struggled with is putting on weight, the 170-pound prospect continues to try and says it will help him down low.
“So nobody can push me around, basically,” said Fisher.
Two area schools have been in contact with Fisher, who will have an important year ahead of him with the Eagles and Iowa Cornsharks
“I’ve been in contact with a couple schools, Morningside, I’ve received a couple of letters from, they want me to visit,” said Fisher. “And Dordt College wants me to come visit sometime.”