Jack Fisher

January 02, 2019 08:54 PM

(ABC 6 News) – On the basketball court, the Century Panthers boys basketball program has put together a turnaround season, a season which could be seen from “a mile away,” and the Panthers are quietly led by go-to Junior guard Jack Fisher.

“He is a phenomenal athlete, but he also works hard at making sure he’s in peak condition,” Vetter said.


Fisher, who is also a standout football player in the fall at Century (and the younger brother of former Panther football standout Lucas Fisher), is a high-volume scorer for the Panthers basketball team.

“I’ve been trying to do the best for my team,” Fisher said. “Some people look up to me, and I have to do my best for them and help them win.”

This season, Fisher is averaging a “quiet” 19.2 points per game.

“He can hit from the outside, he gets to the rim, he can finish at the rim, get to the free throw line, and he’s just able to score a lot of versatile ways,” Vetter said. “(During games) all of a sudden, he’ll have 25 points and you’re just like ‘oh, where did that come from’.”

“I just have to let the game come to me,” Fisher added. “I can’t force up 20 points each game, it just comes and goes.”

Fisher has been groomed to cherish the big moment for the Panthers—he helped lead Century to an 82-76 win over 2017-2018 Class AAA runners-up Columbia Heights in the Rotary Holiday Classic in Rochester last week.

“(It’s nice) being able to put the ball in his hands and let him make decisions,” Vetter said. “Him playing since 8th grade, he understands the game.”

“I just have the experience,” Fisher said. “I know what to do in the end when it comes down to it.”

Nine games into the 2018-2019 season, Fisher and the Panthers have five wins (they only had seven total wins in 2017-2018). Fisher said he could see this turn-around coming for the young Panthers from “a mile away,” but that’s still not enough to satisfy the junior standout.

“Defense, I have to step up more on defense,” Fisher said when asked where he wants to improve most as a basketball player. “I want to find my (teammates) more.”

“The sky is the limit (for Jack),” Vetter added. “Your junior year is when you start getting looked at. If he keeps putting together great games, and we as a team keep playing together as a team and winning some games, you’re going to start getting seen.”

Fisher and the Panthers will be seeking their 6th win of the season on Thursday versus Red Wing.


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