Focus on Class of 2007: Corey Fisher

If DePaul men's basketball head coach Jerry Wainwright has dipped into the 2009 class (when securing Cully Payne's verbal commitment) for recruits, you had better believe he is scouring the whole nation for student-athletes of all ages to come join his squad at DePaul. Case and point is Corey Fisher.

Fisher is a dynamite 6'1" rising junior from St. Patrick's (NJ). Corey is a classic floor general with great speed and vision. While Payne's verbal raised a few eyebrows, Fisher's netting would be the splash Wainwright and staff would have hoped for when he got the job.

The feeling is mutual between Fisher and DePaul. "Well, my interest is real strong with them," said Corey. "Gary DeCesare, the new assistant coach, I had a good friendship with him during high school. I was going to attend St. Raymond's, but he left. I spoke to him over the phone and he is recruiting me. And they are probably in my top five." Fisher is playing no favorites though. "They (DePaul) are in my top five with a couple of schools, but I ain't going to rank them (at this point) but they are in my top five."

Fisher is a top-flight recruit, who has certainly had his choice of schools to pick from. However, St. John's, Cincinnati, Memphis, and Virginia are the ones closing in on him. He is also getting interest from Kentucky and Villanova. Fisher is in the process of setting up visits to DePaul, Memphis and Villanova. When I saw Fisher at the ABCD camp he was dazzling the crowd with his superior ball-handling skills and quick crossover moves. For his efforts, he was named to the underclassmen All-Star game.

DeCesare is the driving force in his recruitment to DePaul. "I was real close to Gary DeCesare. If he was still at St. Raymond's High School right now, I would be playing for him," indicated Fisher. "I put DePaul in my top five, cause I believe, if I go play for him and if it does work out, he would handle my situation real good." For those unfamiliar with DeCesare, he has a good track record of coaching some fine point guards. Among them are Majestic Mapp (formerly of Virginia) and Kareem Reid (formerly of Arkansas). And don't forget that DeCesare (while at St.Raymond's) was head coach of this year's first round NBA Draft pick Julius Hodge.

Fisher believes he can make an impact at DePaul, if he were to choose to go to Chicago. "Yeah I see myself fitting in real good," remarked Fisher. "He (DeCesare) told me he would need a good big guard from New York City and bring the hype and the stuff. I feel if I choose DePaul as my school,that will happen."

Fisher is confident in his game. "My strength is like running a team. I'm a good floor leader and I can score a lot," Corey described. Fisher is only a junior and he knows he can get better. "My weakness is really like missing my shot. When I'm missing my shot, I get real down on myself. But coaches tell me don't worry, just keep on shooting."

Fisher, with two years of high school left, is sure to make an impact nationally and you will hear his name a lot. Will he be one in a long line of great NY/NJ point guards that will keep the pipeline to Chicago going? Time will certainly tell.

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