The Oshawa basketball phenomenon is loyal to Texas Tech

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By Glenn Hendry

Published May 27, 2022 at 8:38 p.m.

The basketball phenomenon from Oshawa that has been touted as ‘next’ since the age of 13 is committed to Texas Tech and will match up with the Red Raiders this fall.

Elijah Fisher, who plays at Crestwood Preparatory School in Toronto, is a five -star junior who is Canada’s number one high school basketball prospect and one of the best recruitment targets in any major NCAA school.

6’7 ”Fisher chose Mark Adams’ program over the last roster that also included Kentucky, Memphis and Louisville because he said Adams made him feel “family”.

“I chose Texas Tech because I’m confident the coaching staff and future friends will help me improve my defensive game as I continue to grow,” Fisher told The Canadian Press. “I found the environment very nice when I visited earlier this year.”

Fisher has four siblings and said his motivation for trying to be his best was so that he could earn enough money to support his family, but turned down the opportunity to directly become a professional with the Ignite NBA G League team. The G League is a stepping stone for talented young basketball players to enjoy a professional life before the draft year.

“I chose college because education is really important to my family and me. Playing in the NCAA will help me prepare my mind and body to compete with the best,” added Fisher. “The G League is an option, and I don’t discourage other people from going that route if it suits them.

“The basketball journey is a marathon, not a sprint. College basketball will keep me on the right path and help me move forward quickly. I don’t want to lose the college experience and look back on the path that wants me to do things differently.

Fisher became the first high school-age player to play for a Crestwood university team and in February of this year set the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association record of 75 points in a 119-102 win against New Horizon Academy Burlington.

Among other awards, Fisher was named the 2022 BioSteel All-Canadian Game MVP. The BioSteel All-Canadian game is an all-star high school game that has the highest hoops talent in Canada. Among the names who have won previous MVPs are NBA stars Jamal Murray and Luguentz Dort.

Fisher has at least 72 scholarship offers. Texas Tech, which made a sweet 16 in Adams ’first year as leader in the March Madness Tournament last year – finally bowed to the Duke – was his first official visit.

Fisher played for Crestview, whose father Rohan was an assistant coach, since he was 12 years old.

Canadian Press photo by Chris Young

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