Basketball Roster In Flux

West Virginia's basketball roster underwent another shakeup with the announced departure of Chris Garnett, but that may not be the last change before the 2002-2003 season begins.

The Shreveport Times reported today that sophomore center D'or Fischer, who is leaving Northwestern State University, has made a visit to the WVU campus.

Fischer, who attended at least two high schools in Maryland and Pennsylvania, did not finish either of his seasons and never started a game in his high school career, which concluded at Upper Darby High School in Philadelphia. However, due to his great height and reach, which reportedly tops 90 inches, Northwestern State in Natchitoches, Louisiana, decided to take a chance on him.

The Demons, who play in the Southland Conference, were not disappointed. Fischer became a defensive presence and quickly set the school record for blocked shots in a game, and recorded a nation's best 13 rejections against Southwest Texas State.

As a freshman, Fischer (6-11, 220), averaged 5.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in 13.5 minutes per game of playing time. He shot 44.9% from the field and 79.6% from the free throw line while rejecting 69 shots.

Northwestern State defeated Winthrop 71-67 in the NCAA Tournament play-in game in 2001, then lost to #1 seed Illinois. Fischer scored 10 points, snared 11 rebounds and blocked nine shots against Winthrop as he just missed a triple double, and drew praise from several sources for his play.

As a sophomore, he started 29 of 31 games and played 25.6 minutes per contest, shooting 47.7% from the field and 75.2% from the line. He averaged 10 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while swatting away 133 shots. Fischer also was 8-26 from three point range, and has the athletic and rangy build that would seem to fit in well with Coach Beilein's offense.

Fischer earned honorable mention all conference honors and was a third team all Louisiana selection by the Louisiana sportswriters association.

In addition to WVU, St. Joseph's and Providence are also looking at Fischer, who would have to sit out the upcoming season if he transfers to another Division 1 school.


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