Chase Fischer Commits To Herd Basketball

Marshall University basketball got an early verbal commitment on Friday, June 27. And by early, it means the recruiting class of 2011, as guard Chase Fischer of Ripley committed to the Herd as a rising sophomore. This may be the first time in MU history that a player this young has given the Herd the nod, but it certainly puts Marshall on the national curve of early committing by younger players.

Chase Fischer started at point guard for the Ripley (W.Va.) High School boys basketball team in 2007-08, playing alongside his brother, Noah Fischer. The Fischer brothers made an immediate impact as true freshman, in Chase's case, or as a transfer, as Noah did from AA Sissonville. The Vikings got off to the first 5-0 start for Ripley in over 43 years, and posted the first winning season at RHS in over a decade with a 15-10 mark, 11-8 in the Mountain State Athletic Conference, and averaged 65 points per game on the season. According to their father, John, the younger Fischer averaged about 10 points, six assists and five rebounds in support of his junior brother, who averaged over 20 points per game.

Eliot Parker of ESPN 930-AM in Huntington got to see Chase and Noah up close as the Voice of the Spring Valley Timberwolves. "They are an extremely talented pair of guards who single-handily dominated the Timberwolves," said Parker of the 69-62 win by Ripley. "The accounted for about 45 percent of the Vikings' scoring, but it was more than scoring that made them stand out. Their defensive ability shut down Jeremy Adkins of Spring Valley, who was held to just nine points despite being one of the best players in the state. I think the Marshall program has locked up, early in the recruiting, a player with tremendous upside in Chase Fischer."

The boys father was elated with his son's commitment to Marshall, and is impressed with what MU coach Donnie Jones has accomplished at MU in a little over a year. "We're tickled to death, we couldn't be happier," said John Fischer by telephone from Ripley late Friday. "Chase has talked about this since he was in the third grade, and made his commitment to Marshall today. It doesn't happen very often that a sophomore to be gets a chance to commit to play in Division I.

"As parents, we are impressed with Coach Jones and his work ethic. We feel this is a man we want to trust our son to." John Fischer also knows there is still some growing to do and developing of his game for Chase. "He just turned 15, and is about 6-foot-3, 160-pounds, so he'll still grow and fill out. Head Coach Craig Harmon (the MSAC Coach of the Year) is doing a great job with both boys and we're very happy to be at Ripley in the best conference in the state."

Chase is ranked among the 500 top rising sophomores in the nation by and was among those players rated from the class of 2011 to be "Top Advanced Beyond Their Years" as a camper reported on by ESPN college recruiting columnist Bob Gibbons, of the "Bob Gibbons All-Star Report." Chase and Noah are both playing AAU basketball with the Ohio Basketball Club, who have produced such alumni as UNC's Jawad Williams,; James Posey of Xavier University, of the World Champion Boston Celtics and also won a title with the Miami Heat; Earl Boykins of Eastern Michigan University and the Charlotte Hornets; and Keith McCleod of Bowling Green State University and the Utah Jazz.

Chase's 15 and under OBC team won the championship of the North Carolina Tournament of Champions with an 8-0 mark, and posted a similar number win winning the Pittsburgh Jam Fest. The OBC team was also the runner-up at both the Buckeye Prep Tourney (6-1) and the All-Ohio Nike Cup (5-2). They were in the Elite Eight at the Speice, Indiana, Tournament (6-1) and made the Sweet 16 of the King James Classic (3-1), and have posted a record in these tournaments of 36 wins and just five loses. Other Mountain State natives on the 15 and under club include South Charleston's Henry Pierra and Capital's Jamie Tompkins.

Noah Fischer, a second-team All-State selection, is joined on the OBC 17 and under team by 6-foot-8 Vikings' teammate Carlton Payne and South Charleston's Aaron Dotson.

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