RIPLEY - Former Ripley High School standout and Parade All-American Chase Fischer will be leaving fond memories behind and seeking to create new ones in Provo, Utah as a member of the Brigham Young University men's basketball team.
After announcing his intention to transfer from Wake Forest University earlier this year, Fischer will sit out one season before he becomes eligible.
"It was a great experience at Wake Forest - I loved the university and I loved my teammates," Fischer said. "I built a lot of great memories, but it was time to move onto a new system where I will take on a larger role."
During his two seasons with Wake Forest, Fischer started a total of six games, but did appear in 62 games overall. During his freshman year with the Demon Deacons, he averaged 6.3 points per game.This past season, his minutes diminished almost in half, yet he still managed to contribute 4.5 points per outing while shooting 42 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
"I feel confident I can play at the Division I level," Fischer said. "I played in the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference), which is the highest level for college basketball and I proved I could play in that league.
"BYU is a nationally-known program and makes the NCAA Tournament almost every year. I look forward to being a part of that and playing different schools."
Once Fischer's departure from Wake Forest was imminent, the recruiting process began all over again - just like it did during his high school days.
"The recruiting process takes a toll on you," Fischer said.
Fischer made a connection with BYU head coach Dave Rose at the same time the NCAA Tournament's Final Four was taking place.
Initially, Rose visited Fischer in Raleigh, N.C., and recently Fischer and his parents met with the Cougars' coaching staff on a campus visit to BYU.
"There was a really good comfortability with coach Rose," said Fischer, who plans to change his major from political science to business. "It will be tough sitting out a year, but whatever my role is, I will make my teammates better in practice. I will be able to focus on my academics without the pressure of playing. Of course, I want to be out there playing.
"It's a different style on the west coast - it's more fast-paced and BYU really likes to play a fast, up-tempo style of basketball. They like to shoot a lot of threes. It will be a big difference, but it's a style I like to play in."
BYU also has its own network, so those who have access to that station will be able to watch Fischer as a Cougar beginning in 2014-15 season
"On my campus visit, we went to the studio to see how they did everything," Fischer said. "Having their games broadcast on that network will definitely be a plus."