Player of the Week: Al Fisher

February 24th, 2008
Although there are plenty of critics, Bracket Busters weekend is one of the most exciting three days of college basketball all season if you’re someone that likes mid-major basketball. Bubble teams that are trying to make a move so they can get one of the last spots in the NCAA Tournament attempt to catch the committee’s eyes with a big win, while conference leaders need to grab solid victories to boost their resumes in case they don’t win the conference tournament. Kent State was one of the teams in the latter group – as the leader of the deep MAC, the Golden Flashes were right there for an at-large bid, but needed to pick-up a big win somewhere along the line. On Saturday, they did just that, going to Saint Mary’s and knocking off the Gaels, 65-57, behind a huge game from Al Fisher.


Fisher, a 6-foot-1 junior guard and the team’s leading scorer, has been one of the main catalysts for the Golden Flashes this season and his stellar play in the second half of the year was a major reason for their dominant play in the MAC. This past week, when Kent State needed him the most, he stepped his game up to another level. Fisher had 28 points, four rebounds and two assists, hitting 9-of-17 shots from the field, helping the Flashes beat the host Gaels. He had two key baskets down the stretch, increase KSU’s lead to five with under a minute remaining. Earlier in the week, Fisher finished with 20 points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals in a win at Buffalo. In the last seven games, Fisher is averaging nearly 21 points per game, more than six points higher than his season average.


Although Kent State is not a lock just yet, its win on Saturday night at Saint Mary’s will likely go a long way in determining the Golden Flashes’ Selection Sunday fate should they not win the MAC Tournament in a couple of weeks. However, if Fisher continues to play like this, Kent State won’t even need an at-large bid.


2007-08 Players of the Week
February 18th - Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis
February 11th - Tyler Hansbrough, UNC
February 4th - Ryan Anderson, California
January 27th - Jerryd Bayless, FR, Arizona
January 20th – Davon Jefferson, FR, USC
January 13th – Michael Beasley, FR, Kansas State
January 6th - Shan Foster, SR, Vanderbilt
December 30th - Brian Butch, SR, Wisconsin
December 23rd - Dwayne Curtis, SR, F, Mississippi
December 16th - Gary Forbes, SR, F, UMASS
December 9th - Joe Alexander, JR, F, West Virginia
December 2nd - Jerryd Bayless, FR, G, Arizona
November 25th - DJ Augustin, SO, G, Texas
November 18th - Jon Brockman, JR, F, Washington
November 11th - Michael Beasley, FR, F, Kansas State