Grand Canyon landed an impact transfer on Tuesday as the school announced the addition of former TCU point guard Jaylen Fisher.
A starter for the Horned Frogs, the 6-foot-2 Fisher is a former top-100 prospect who has battled knee injuries the past two seasons. Playing only 17 games as a sophomore in 2017-18 and limited to nine games in 2018-19, Fisher’s health will be something to monitor during his time at Grand Canyon.
But, when healthy, Fisher is a double-figure scorer and noted perimeter threat who can really play. The Antelopes are adding a key piece here as Fisher could quickly become one of the league’s best players. Averaging 12.1 points and 2.7 assists last season, Fisher shot 44 percent from three-point range before a season-ending injury and transfer.
Fisher will seek a waiver to immediately play this season as he’s hoping to get back on the court after missing time with injury. If Grand Canyon is able to have the point guard right away then it’ll be a major addition for the upcoming season as they return double-figure scorers Alessandro Lever and Carlos Johnson from last season. Head coach Dan Majerle has done well recruiting former high-major transfers as the program seeks its first NCAA tournament appearance.
Jamie Dixon’s presence is already being felt in the Big 12 and on the recruiting trail.
TCU received its first commitment of the Dixon era when four-star 2016 point guard Jaylen Fisher announced his decision to join the Horned Frogs on Wednesday.
“Due to how comfortable my family and I are with the coaching staff,” Fisher posted from his Twitter account, “and the emphasis the university has put on making basketball a priority, I’m committing to be a student-athlete at TCU.”
Getting a consensus top-75 prospect, who was once committed to UNLV, is a heck of a coup for being just a couple months on the job. It instantly shows the Frogs are going to be a player for some of the country’s top players, which is a necessity if you have designs on making a move up the ladder of arguably the country’s best league in the Big 12.
Maybe the most gratifying thing for TCU, though, is the reason Fisher publicly stated for making his decision, the school’s “making basketball a priority.” The hoops program has suffered immensely in the Big 12 (while the football program has flourished), winning a total of eight games in their four seasons (including a winless 2014), but the school sank $72 million into renovating its arena, made an aggressive move in firing Trent Johnson and then went out and got its dream candidate, Dixon, an alum. Fisher’s commitment is the first time those moves have shown that commitment to basketball paying off.
Summer mixtape of four-star guard Jaylen Fisher (VIDEO)
One of the most accomplished grassroots players in the Class of 2016 is point guard Jaylen Fisher. The native of Memphis is a tremendous on-the-ball defender while he’s also experienced with the ball in his hands.
Here’s a summer mixtape of the four-star guard from Courtside Films. The No. 54 player in the class, according to Rivals, is down to Baylor, Indiana, Memphis, UNLV, Arkansas and LSU.
Four-star 2016 point guard Jaylen Fisher down to six schools
Four-star point guard Jaylen Fisher has cut his list of offers to six on Tuesday night.
According to Evan Daniels of Scout.comand Jeff Borzello of ESPN.com, the 6-foot-2 point guard is down to Baylor, Indiana, Memphis, UNLV, Arkansas and LSU. Fisher removed South Carolina, N.C. State, Texas, Louisville, Iowa State and Florida from contention. The Memphis native also cut the University of Tennessee from his list of schools.
Fisher played for Team Thad in the Under Armour Association, averaging 6.8 points and 3.3 assists per game.
Fisher is ranked No. 54 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.