Time for real deal for Fischer

For all the sweat and tears Chase Fischer left on the court as a member of the Brigham Young University scout team, not once did he see a minute of playing time.

That will all change next basketball season as the former Ripley High School standout fulfills his one year of ineligibility due to NCAA transfer rules. Fischer spent two seasons at Wake Forest then decided to attend BYU in Provo, Utah. The Cougars’ style definitely caters to Fischer’s approach.

“From a basketball standpoint, BYU is a perfect fit for my game,” said Fischer, who has two years of eligibility remaining. “I have mixed emotions about leaving the scout team. I love our scout team, and we had good battles with the first team. It was a cool experience and in the end it was fun.

“It was tough to bring it every day. In addition to myself, the scout team had guys returning from missions and a few walk-ons. We worked our butt off every day to make the first team better. I definitely had good memories.”

Fischer was merely a spectator sitting next to his teammates for home games this past season. For road contests, he watched games on television, including their NCAA Tournament opener which resulted in an 87-68 loss to Oregon.

“I was their biggest cheerleader,” Fischer said. “Obviously, it’s tough anytime a season ends. The team took it hard and so did I. But everybody is refreshed and ready to go.”

BYU was one of those bubble teams which earned enough respect from the NCAA Tournament Committee to earn a No. 10 seed.

“We were all gathered at the coach’s house and watching the selection show on that Sunday,” Fischer said. “We all went crazy when we found out we were in. Even though I wouldn’t get to travel with the team, it was an exciting thing.”

BYU was without the services of one of their top players for the postseason when Kyle Collinsworth tore his ACL in the championship game of the West Coast Conference Tournament.

“That was tough because Kyle had worked so hard and was such a great guy,” Fischer said.

With Collinsworth back on the road to recovery, the only casualty BYU loses from a 23-12 squad is Matt Carlino, who decided to transfer. Otherwise, everyone is back. And that includes Fischer.

“I’ve really worked on getting my shots off in other ways than just shooting the 3-pointer,” Fischer said. “I’m more diversified and able to score off the dribble. I can score in different ways.

“The big thing for me is that I’ve let the game come to me. I’ve gotten a lot smarter. With this year off, I’ve matured.”

Fischer, who is a geography major and just completed finals week, continues to stop by the Wake Forest campus on occasion – primarily because his girlfriend is enrolled at that school. He also has a group of friends he can call on.

“It’s definitely a different environment here at BYU,” Fischer said. “There were 4,000 students at Wake Forest and here at BYU there are 30,000. That was a big shock. Classes are demanding, but I like them along with my teachers.”

Contact Kerry Patrick at kpatrick@newsandsentinel.com