Fisher Gaining Steam at McDonogh

BEL AIR, Md. -- For local prep hoops fans, imagine from UMD recruiting a year ago a slightly smaller yet more bouncy Mertin Geben if you want a visual of junior 6-8 forward Evan Fisher of McDonogh, the next in line of skilled face-up four-men dotting the local recruiting landscape.

BEL AIR, Md. -- For local prep hoops fans, imagine from UMD recruiting a year ago a slightly smaller yet more bouncy Mertin Geben if you want a visual of junior 6-foot-8 forward Evan Fisher of McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.), the next in line of skilled face-up four-men dotting the local recruiting landscape.

And like Geben, the 6-9 four-man out of Maria Gorretti who inked with Notre Dame after having initial Terps interest, Fisher has a skilled an expanding game out to the three-point line.

Another big that can shoot threes as well as has the strength to post-up and finish inside, Fisher also favors the facing game and can put it on the floor and create like the import Geben.

Fisher, a Pasadena native averaging some 20 points per game and 10 rebounds per game for Coach Donte Evans and a young McDonogh (5-14) team, struggled a bit with John Carroll's trio of big men in a game we scouted this week, a JC 50-39 win at the Bel Air school. Fisher finished with 10 points, six boards and two blocks, but McDonogh struggled to get him many post touches and looks against JC's stingy and long defense, led by sophomores like 6-10 Michael Tertsea and 6-10 Isaac Bassey, among others.

Still, Fisher flashed his inside-out ability, twice posting up the incredibly long Tertsea and finishing after strong spin moves, while another time knocking down a turnaround jumper over Tertsea from the right baseline some 13-14 feet away from the basket. Twice, though, JC's big blocked his shot as the towers were a handful inside, also altering a few of his shots. But he kept working both inside and out to find his shot, as well as keep possessions alive with second and third rebounds.

Maryland has twice been to scout Fisher this season at games, as well as been through the gym for practices. Fisher visited Maryland in the fall unofficially for the Terps-Virginia football game, while he said he has plans to take in a Terps home game before the season is out.

But he is another local underclassmen that bears watching, as he has a high skill set, excellent footwork, and he will work. He's a player Evans projects as a stretch four at the college level.

"With Evan, he is a pretty versatile player," Evans said. "So depending on who we have in the game sometimes depends on where we play him."

Evans said because of his ability to handle the ball and make shots, Fisher plays out on the perimeter a good bit.

"He's...a lot of time he is getting double and triple teamed, so at least if we move him around a little bit he can make things happen. But most games he is inside a lot more than tonight."

Fisher also showed a nice sweeping hook shot, while he can knock down open threes, though he missed his two attempts against JC.

"He can put the ball on the floor, especially against another big guy. So he is pretty versatile offensively," Evans added. "I think he is a face-up four, that is what he is. He is not a '5,' but he will bang. But I think with his skill set....he can face up, so I see him as that type of player."

Said Fisher, who checks in at 225 lbs and knows how to use his body around the bucket and doesn't back down from the physical game, either:

"I just think the more versatile you are, the more effective you are going to be. So you rarely see a traditional 'five' man any more. So I just want to expand my game as much as I can."

Fisher is still coming along physically, but Evans compares him in some ways to a player he had in his first year at McDonogh, DaJuan Summers, who went on to star at Georgetown.

"Now Evan is not quite as physically gifted as DaJuan was in terms of his strength and explosiveness. But in terms of his understanding of the game, his ability to pass the ball, he is a really talented player. He has improved a lot as a freshman, when we had him on the varsity and he played a little bit.

"Then last year as a sophomore he probably was scoring about 12 points and six rebounds, and that's a big jump. The thing that is tough is he doesn't have a lot of experience around him, we start a freshman and two sophomores and two juniors. He is really the only one we brought back that had any varsity experience."

Fisher has seen his college attention increase of late, including Maryland, Virginia, LaSalle, Delaware, St. Joe's, George Mason, George Washington, UMBC, among others, all in touch, with the latter six all having offered.

He said he has plans to visit both St. Joe's and UD coming up this month. On his last visit to UMD's campus, he said:

"Oh Maryland, it's incredible. Growing up a Maryland fan, you know living in Maryland, it is cool to see. Ever since I was a little kid...they just have great atmosphere and great crowds there. It's a great tradition out there, they beat Duke twice last year, so they are always fun to watch. It's incredible, the tradition and my family and always being around it."

Fisher said he isn't tall enough to be a traditional post-man, but he likes the facing game anyhow.

"Being on a young team, well it gives me the opportunity to shoot a lot more. I have made quite a few threes this year. Usually I begin games posting up more, but then they send a lot of help so I got to work my way around the perimeter. And Tertsea, he's tough, he's so long, so it's tough to get around him. John Carroll played us well, they always play smart defensively."

Fisher and McDonogh are still looking for their first conference win, but he looks forward to everyone coming back next year.

Fisher plays for the powerful Baltimore Elite AAU. On Maryland's contact with him thus far, he said:

"I talk to Coach Bino [Ranson] a lot. He has been to a couple of my games. He said he will continue to keep me posted on where things stand with me."

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