Indiana Junior All-Star & Top-Rated Power Forward Headed To SJSU
Nov. 13, 2015
Indiana Junior All-Star Nai Carlisle, and a top-rated power forward in the state of California Keith Fisher, have signed a National Letter-of-Intent to compete for the San José State men's basketball team beginning in the 2016-17 season. Head coach Dave Wojcik made the announcement.
"We are thrilled to welcome Nai and Keith to the Spartan family," Wojcik said. "They are both tremendous young men first and foremost, who will make a positive impact on the San Jose community. They are a perfect fit and will help us continue to build a championship culture."
Carlisle, a 6-foot-2 point guard, is a senior at West Lafayette (Ind.) High School, playing under head coach David Wood. As a junior in 2014-15, he averaged 19.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest. Carlisle was named to the 2015 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/Subway Underclass All-State Supreme 15, which is one of the state's highest honors for a player. The 2014-15 Indiana Junior All-Star is equally successful in the classroom, keeping above a 3.8 throughout junior year. Carlisle played his AAU ball with Indiana Elite under head coach Mark Adams.
"Nai is a tough, competitive point guard who is the best on-ball defender I have seen in a long time at the high school level," said Wojcik. "His strength and power enables him to guard multiple positions, and get into the lane to make plays. Off the floor, he is an extremely well-rounded young man who should have the opportunity to be an Academic All-American here at San José State."
Fisher, a 6-foot-8 power forward, is ranked 16th in the state among all California high school recruits, and second among power forwards by ESPN. He averaged 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks last season as a junior at Westchester High School in Los Angeles. Under the direction of head coach Ed Azzam, Fisher was a Los Angeles Times All-City First-Team player. Based on his performance, Fisher garnered invitations to prestigious California basketball showcases such as the Jordan Brand Kings of SoCal and the Prep2Prep Classic in Livermore, Calif., where he led all scorers with 20 pts. Fisher played his AAU ball this summer with Double Pump under coach Dave Rebibo.
"As a staff, I can tell you that we did not see another player with a motor like Keith has all year," Wojcik said. "Keith's work ethic and mental toughness are values that this program prides itself on. He is a high-level athlete that is very versatile. He has the ability to play and defend both inside and out. Keith's personality will make him a favorite among his peers and professors at San José State."
Nai Carlisle and Keith Fisher are the first signees for the 2016-17 Spartans. San José State opens the 2015-16 regular season Saturday night at home versus Idaho.