Corey Fisher is on a mission. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound point guard from St. Patrick's High School in Elizabeth, N.J. wants to win the City of Palms not only for his team but for his coach Kevin Boyle.
In seven trips to Fort Meyers, the Celtics have put up an 0-for, including an 0-for-4 record in the championship game. Fisher hopes his team takes advantage of the Florida weather, recent hot streak and the momentum of their 88-57 win over Glenn (N.C.) High School.
"It's a nice vacation," Fisher said of his team's time at the City of Palms. "We won against one of the top 10 teams in the country last Friday, St. John's Neumann, so we were looking forward to coming down here and winning this tournament. Coach told us everyday that he's never won the whole thing, we always came in second place every year we come down here. We want to finish it this year."
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Fisher, the No. 52 ranked junior in the country by Rivals.com, didn't have quite the game he's capable of having in the opening round of the tournament (15 points on 6-14 shooting) but he was quick to point out the team isn't just about him.
"We have a really good team even though people thought we weren't going to be because we didn't have Derrick (Caracter)," Fisher said. "Every time I push the ball, I look up and I've got Jeff Robinson, who I can throw an alley-oop to. Then I have Ruben Guillandeaux on the wing or my big man (Yves Mekongo-Mbala) down low. LaSalle got a steal in him. My job is a lot easier."
The high-majors have been following Fisher since he was a promising freshman. As time rolls on, things on the recruiting front continues to heat up.
"Recruiting is going crazy," Fisher said.
DePaul, Villanova, Memphis, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Providence, St. John's and Connecticut all dot his list. Fisher said all of the schools have offered. Virginia Tech's Seth Greenburg and Connecticut assistant Tom Moore were on hand at the City of Palms on Monday.
Fisher said he's not in any rush to make a quick decision like his class of 2007 mates.
"I'm just open," Fisher said. "I thought about (committing early) but my family and I talked about it and I'm going to wait so I can make the right decision at the right time for me and my future. I'm looking forward to going to college but right now I want to win this championship for coach."
St. Patrick's plays the winner of Tuesday's Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy-Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln match-up on Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m.