Villanova rising senior Corey Fisher put on a summer league shooting exhibition in the Bronx over the weekend that will result in a bright red bullseye on his back among Big East scouting reports this coming season. The 6’1 guard from the Boogie Down must have eaten his Wheaties on Saturday, because reports from the Watson Gleason playground league are that Fisher blew up for a ridiculous 105 points on that warm summer evening. Read that again. One hundred and five points. His team scored 138 total, and Fisher responded to double- and triple-teams in the second stanza by simply dropping a 72-point bomb on his summer league opponents. A player who knocked down a grand total of 38 three-pointers last season nailed 23 (of 28) in this game, begging the question of whether RTC’s very own John Stevens got loose from the chains in his crypt and found himself standing opposite Fisher in NYC last weekend. (ed. note: his primary defender was actually someone named Jose Calderon Not the NBA player, undoubtedly someone who can no longer show his face above 155th Street)
When we first heard of this story, we immediately thought back to some of the other legendary summer playground tales that we’d heard over the years. A 160-lb soaking wet Allen Iverson dunking over the entire front line at the ABCD camp back in 1993… a 15- year old Skip 2 My Lou dancing his way through defenders at Harlem’s Rucker Park… a random dude in jeans named Stuart Tanner clowning Devin Harris through the legs… an unknown Indiana transfer named Jordan Crawford dunking over near LeBron and the subsequent cover-up… hey, we love this stuff.
Someone else who is probably loving this story is VU’s head coach Jay Wright. Needing someone to fill in for the enormous void that the graduation of team leader Scottie Reynolds presents, Fisher and backcourt mate Corey Stokes will be expected to pick up the slack on the perimeter. Fisher has the chops to become a big-time scorer at the guard position (he averaged 13.3 PPG last year), and it’s clear that performances such as these — even in the relatively small-time of NYC streetball summer league — will only help his confidence when winter arrives. Now, if we could just figure out where Calderon is playing next week… we might just call “next” if he’s still in.