Monday, September 30, 2013

Top 100 basketball recruit Matthew Fisher-Davis (Vanderbilt) withdraws from Charlotte Christian, enrolls at Butler

Matthew Fisher-Davis, a top 100 national basketball recruit, has withdrawn from Charlotte Christian and enrolled at Butler High School.

James Fisher-Davis, Matthew's father, told the Observer his son enrolled at Butler Monday.

Fisher-Davis, a 6-foot-5 senior shooting guard, has committed to Vanderbilt. ranks him No. 94 among all senior recruits and No. 21 among all shooting guards.

Fisher-Davis began his high school career at Butler but transferred to Charlotte Christian. James Fisher-Davis said it was his idea that his son transfer to Charlotte Christian, due to its focus on Christian faith and values, something the father said was important in the family. Fisher-Davis played his sophomore and junior seasons at Charlotte Christian.

"I thought it was the best thing for him and I still believe it was," James Fisher-Davis said. "But he was never big-time happy there. Some of it he tolerated because I always told him it was the best thing."

James Fisher-Davis said he and his son had some tough conversations about the son's feelings about Charlotte Christian. At the same time, James Fisher-Davis said, there was an issue on campus with a newly created Twitter account being used to belittle a student. Matthew Fisher-Davis was questioned about it.

Fisher-Davis has a Twitter account with more than 900 followers and has posted more than 19,000 tweets.

"Something happened and at some point, a kid had an account, confirmed not to be Matthew's account," James Fisher-Davis said. "Matthew said he didn't have anything to do with it, whether that was believed or not. I said I can't be in a situation with him where there's some question in regards to that. We have to work better than that. I can't have this kid's character thrown into question.

"No one can say they watched him do this and Matthew is a kid, come on, who people have been following his tweeting for quite some time. He knows what the deal is in regards to that. So at the end of the day, I said, 'You know what, he's not happy here, and we'll withdraw from school.'"

Charlotte Christian coach Shonn Brown confirmed Fisher-Davis' withdrawal, but wouldn't comment further.

Brown said without Fisher-Davis, the Knights are left with two returning starters -- 5-11 senior Adam Durden and 6-1 junior Trey Phills. The Knights were 9-3 with Phills in the lineup last season but were 5-12 after Phills suffered a sprained knee. Phills has offers from the Citadel and UC-Irvine. Phills is the son of the late Charlotte Hornet Bobby Phills.

Fisher-Davis committed to Vanderbilt two weeks ago, choosing the Commodores over Wake Forest, Virginia and Georgia. He averaged 17.4 points last season to lead Charlotte Christian and was the second straight Knights guard in as many years to commit to a major college. Fisher-Davis played with Patrick Rooks last season. Rooks, a 6-2 guard, is a freshman at Clemson.

Unranked heading into the summer, Fisher-Davis quickly turned himself into a national recruit with a series of games with high point production while playing for the Charlotte Nets AAU team. He turned heads at the Peach State Classic in South Carolina during July. Sports national analyst Evan Daniels was covering the Peach Jam Classic, also in South Carolina, where many of the nation’s top high school seniors were playing, and got calls from coaches about a prospect at the nearby Peach State Classic. They wanted to know who Matthew Fisher-Davis was.

“He really came out of nowhere,” Daniels said. “I went over to the Peach State and ended up watching for myself and was really impressed. What he does is he really brings something to the table that’s lacking in college basketball right now – shooting – and not only is he a good shooter, but he’s got good size at 6-5. He’s a solid athlete and can put the ball on the deck, get into his mid-range game and make shots there, too.

“He was one of the surprises of the summer. I was really impressed. He went from an unranked guy to national top 100 guy. I mean, he wasn’t even a big name in his state. It’s amazing how high his stock rose.”

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