Fischer Talks WFU Commitment

Wake Forest head basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik added his first recruit since joining the Demon Deacon program this week as Chase Fischer, a 6'3 guard out of Ripley, West Virginia committed to WFU. DeaconSports caught up with Fischer to talk about his commitment.

Chase Fischer became the first commitment in Wake Forest's class of 2011 as well as the first commitment in the Jeff Bzdelik era at Wake Forest on Tuesday as he committed to the Demon Deacons. A 6'3 combo guard, Fischer will bring a solid all around game and great shooting to the Wake Forest program.

Fischer averaged 33 points per game as a junior at Ripley High School while playing AAA basketball, the highest classification in West Virginia. He also averaged eight rebounds and three assists in what is considered to be one of the state's toughest conferences.

"I can really shoot the ball off the catch or off the dribble," Fischer told DeaconSports. "I can also run the point. Some people say I'm a spot-up shooter but I can do much more than that. I can find the open man and I'm a good passer with good vision, but my strongest point is the shooting."

According to the West Virginia native, it is his work ethic that has given him the ability to become a very good shooter. "I've been a shooter since I started playing when I was 4. My dad would be out working with me on my shot but the main thing is that I shoot every single day. I haven't missed a day of shooting in about six year. I pride myself on working hard and my work ethic."

For two years, it looked as if Fischer would take that work ethic to Marshall University as he had committed to the Thundering Herd after his freshman year of high school. "When I was a freshman going into my sophomore year Marshall offered," he said. "I was committed to Coach Jones and Marshall and when they left I opened my recruitment up. Coach Gaudio was recruiting me for Wake originally and Coach Battle mostly was after me. I got calls from ACC schools, the Big East, and others, but once Coach Bzdelik offered me a scholarship, I thought about it a little bit and accepted the scholarship."

Fischer offered DeaconSports more insight into his recruitment. "The next day after Coach Jones left, Virginia Tech, West Viginia, Ohio University, VCU, and Wake called. There were about eight more schools. That day Ohio University, VCU, and JMU offered. UCF, where Coach Jones went offered, and Marshall's new staff did. I was going to visit Virginia Tech and they probably would have offered but I'm not doing that now."

Instead, Fischer plans to honor his new commitment to the Demon Deacons as he was blown away by his campus visit this past Saturday. "This past Saturday I was down for a visit," he said. "I've been to a bunch of camps at Wake before that but this Saturday was a full visit. It went really good. We toured the facilities. We talked with Coach Bzdelik and Coach Battle and saw the practice facility and toured the campus. I met C.J. Harris and Ari Stewart. We then met with the academic advisor, saw the dorms, locker rooms, and all. We went to the coliseum and talked over there for a while. It was a great visit."

While Fischer is certainly impressed with Wake Forest, the Demon Deacon staff is obviously quite impressed with him as well. "Coach Bzdelik and Coach Battle thought I could be a great player and a great part of the system," said Fischer. "Coach Battle said I could be a great player in the ACC as a good shooter and passer with high basketball IQ and a good kid. They said I fit in and am a knock-down shooter. I can put it on the floor and not just spot-up, but with all the athletes and great players at Wake, we can also penetrate and kick and I can light it up."

Despite having a solid all-around game, the 175-pound Fischer does have plans to continue to improve. He will continue his shooting drills but also plans to work hard to improve his strength and quickness. "Right now I've been in the weight room a lot," he said. "Going into the ACC with physical tough guys and also being able to guard smaller quicker players is crucial. I'm working out every day and lifting 4-5 times per week."

This summer, he will play with the West Virginia Select on the main AAU circuit. That circuit includes a stop in North Carolina for the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

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