Fresno State landed its first known pledge from the high school ranks for the 2017-18 season, earlier this week, in Portland (Oregon) Madison High School point guard Myles Fitzgerald-Warren.
Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry has made recruiting splashes with the Bulldogs in previous years, but in this case he and his staff were first to target and offer the under-the-radar recruit. Fitzgerald-Warren helped lead his high school team to the Oregon 5A state semifinal round as a freshman, but was then sidelined with foot injuries for two straight seasons - stunting his recruiting opportunities.
Fitzgerald-Warren bounced back as a senior, averaging 20.8 points and 4.6 assists per game. He now weighs in at 6-foot-3 and 176 pounds as well. He became the Bulldogs’ top target at the position and Fitzgerald-Warren quickly landed on his decision to commit to Fresno State. The 2017 point guard took his official visit last weekend and quickly announced his decision.
“Recruiting didn’t really pick up until the end of my senior year,” Fitzgerald-Warren explained. “Then Fresno State had already came in and kind of said they wanted me. I was just like, I’m going to go with my gut and get this visit in and see how it goes.
“Fresno State was my choice because I really believed in the coaching staff and the players they’ve got over there. Coach Rodney Terry, he has the program going in the right direction obviously with the last two years… They went to the NCAA Tournament and then they just made the NIT Tournament. I thought, man, if I could go there, dig in and make the best out of the situation - I should do great.”
Though he was yet to commit, Fitzgerald-Warren tuned into the Bulldogs’ Mountain West Tournament and NIT appearances to preview his potential future school. After watching the team play and hearing Terry’s vision for him in the program, Fitzgerald-Warren believes he could be the point guard to glue the Bulldogs’ talent together as soon as next season.
“They want me to come in and play point guard,” Fitzgerald-Warren said. “I feel like I would just help unify everybody and build on the cohesiveness that the team already has. I feel like I would just get everybody involved and be a good point guard.”
“I feel 9 times out of 10 I make the right decision - I’m a good decision maker… I wouldn’t say (I’m just a distributor). What the game gives me is how I react. If I have a shot I’m not afraid to shoot. I just play the game off of how it plays me.”
Fitzgerald-Warren plans to sign his letter of intent in April and then join the program over the summer. He is one of three incoming players for the 2017-18 season so far, joining mid-season transfers New Williams (Auburn) and Marcus Cooper (Southern Mississippi).