Arkansas Has Fisher's Full Attention

Arlington, Tenn., Bolton high-energy junior point guard Jaylen Fisher (6-1, 175) showed Saturday night during the Battle of the Border why Arkansas is recruiting him so hard.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK - One of the nation’s best junior point guards and a top Memphis area standout has Arkansas as one of the teams at the top of his list.

Arlington, Tenn., Bolton four-star prospect Jaylen Fisher (6-1, 175) talked about the Razorbacks after his team’s 56-47 loss to Little Rock Parkview Saturday night at the Battle of the Border.

Fisher, a top 70 player nationally in the 2016 class and the top junior in Tennessee per was electrifying with 17 points, 6 assists, 5 steals, 5 rebounds and several highlight-reel plays.

“I really, really love Arkansas,” Fisher said. “I love their defense and their style of play that Coach Anderson has had in his career.

“It fits me perfectly because I don’t have a problem at all running and playing defense,” Fisher added. “They also coach hard and I love hard-nose coaches that also care about you. That is what they have at Arkansas.”

Fisher, who was one of the invitees to last Summer’s NBPA Top 100 camp, has offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Connecticut, Florida, Memphis, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Tennessee, UNLV and USC.

He has impressed recruiting analyst Brian Snow.

“Jaylen is a very strong and fast point guard who loves to get into the paint and make plays,” Snow said. “He is a competent scorer and also a good distributor when he is in the paint and collapsing the defense. Also he has the potential to be a good defender down the road.

Fisher has to continue to improve his outside shooting as defenses currently sag off of him, but his form isn't terrible and likely needs more reps,” Snow added.

“He is one of the better point guards in the 2016 class, and is someone who has the potential to make an impact early in his career, and certainly when he is a upperclassman the expectation would be for him to be a starter,” Snow continued.

He got his offer from Arkansas in July while playing AAU basketball for Team Thad, which was competing in the Under Armour Association Finals in Suwanee, Ga..

“I talk with Arkansas’ coaches every other night,” Fisher said. “I really have a great relationship with them and they are way up there for me at the top of my list.”

Fisher had 25 points for Bolton (6-3) on Monday night in a 67-44 win over Memphis University and another 17 in a 62-50 loss to Briarcrest on Tuesday.

“I always played with older kids growing up and you always had to play a step ahead,” Fisher said. “For me to come out here and play with kids my same age, it’s a little slower.

“I think the strongest part of my game is actually how I move without the ball,” Fisher added. “I can obviously do a lot of things when I do have the ball, but I think that is what kind of sets me apart.”

Bolton was in a stretch of four games in five days when it arrived in North Little Rock and is just about to finish up seven games in 10 days.

That included a 87-73 win over Collierville on Tuesday, a 68-64 victory over Overton on Wednesday, a 60-56 loss to Memphis Central on Friday and the loss to Parkview on Saturday.

“I was real proud of how hard we came out and played even though we are real tired,” Fisher said. “We have got to keep our heads up.”

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