"Beast from the East" signs to San Jose State

The "beast from the East," the Eastside of South Central Los Angeles, to be exact, signed his letter of intent to San Jose State during the early signing period this month. Keith Fisher, a 6-foot-8 and 210-pound forward from Westchester HS, discussed his decision with InsideTheSpartans.com.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester forward Keith Fisher was recruited by several schools including Nevada, Utah State, Cal State Fullerton, Loyola Marymount, Portland State, Sienna and Southern Utah. One official visit, however, was all he needed to know he wanted to be a San Jose State Spartan.

“In my mind, I had already made up within the first couple of hours on the visit that I loved this school and I wanted to go there,” Fisher said. “I had to make sure it was the right decision for me to make so I went through the visit and waited another week or two to make that commitment.

“San Jose State was my first official visit and it was my last official visit. After I took that visit I didn’t take anymore because I knew that was the school for me.”

Fisher said it was the school environment and the welcome feeling he received from the program that sold him so quickly on SJSU.

“I loved the feeling of the area, that was the biggest thing,” Fisher said. “Where I come from, I come from a hard place. I just love the feel of San Jose. I fell in love with the school, I fell in love with all of it. I also felt the love from the coaches. That was the biggest thing that helped me with the decision."

Fisher also felt that the layout of the campus would help him further his abilities during his college experience.

“I liked the gym too," Fisher said. "I don’t have to travel far, it’s right in the vicinity of the dorms too. I have to take just 10 steps and I’m there at the gym. They have like three gyms around campus so I’ll always have an opportunity to get better. That really caught my eye… And I know I’ll get fed out there. I love to eat.”

In Fisher, San Jose State will be getting a 6-foot-8 and 210-pound forward who is a versatile player that emphasizes defense and rebounding. Fisher describes himself as a stretch forward, but also believes he has the skillset to play anywhere from shooting guard to small foward to power forward.

“I love to play defense way more than I do offense,” Fisher said. “I like to rebound and run the floor…Wherever coach puts me I’m fine with, I just want to be out there on the court and help the team win.”

San Jose State's 2-28 record from last season did not deter the 2016 recruit from decidin on being a Spartan. SJSU Head Coach Dave Wojcik told Fisher how the program would bounce back.

"He told me that he’s going to run a different type of program and incorporate a couple new things for the offense," Fisher said. "He wants them to play harder and get everyone to play together as a team. That was one of the big things I feel made them lose so many games last year."

That train of thought follows precisely along the line of what Fisher believes he can bring to the program.

"When I get there, I’m going to do my best to help everybody play together and play as a team," Fisher said. "That’s what I do, I help everybody stay on track.

"And we’re going to win. There’s no doubt, I have faith that we’re going to win. That’s what I do, I win games. I settle for nothing less. That’s the whole point of playing, to win games and win championships."

On Nov. 12, Fisher officially signed his letter of intent to San Jose State. His high school team, unfortunately, faced some disciplinary sprints that day. After catching his breath, Fisher finally put the cap on his recruiting process.

"I was dead tired when I signed because we were supposed to have a nice little practice but then we were running sprints instead," Fisher said. "Now thoughk, I feel great. Actually signing and officially becoming a San Jose State Spartan, I feel great."

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