Thursday, September 24, 2009

Globetrotters Sign Siena Grad Tay Fisher

It's always nice to see former MAAC players go on to play basketball when their college careers end.

Former Siena guard Tay Fisher, one of my all-time favorites because he is one of the all-time nice guys (OK, most of the players who come through the MAAC tend to be nice guys), is on the verge of continuing his hoops career in a situation not many ... if any ... former conference players have been in.

Fisher has been signed by the Harlem Globetrotters, and will join that team's veterans for the Globetrotters' annual training camp to vie for openings with the franchise. Fisher's invitation to camp doesn't ensure that he'll make the team, but he's among the final six from dozens of candidates who attempted to get this far. The Globetrotters have not indicated how many new players they'll sign to tour with them.

The 5-foot-8 Fisher, who now goes by the Globetrotter-inspired nickname of "Firefly" Fisher, has a rare skill, a trait the Globbies look for. He's one of the better long-range shooters to play in the MAAC, having hit 44.4 percent from three-point range as a Siena senior in the 2007-08 season. And, those of us who saw Fisher play regularly know that many of those shots came from far beyond the bonus stripe.

The Globetrotters' camp began on Thursday (Sept. 24) and will continue through early October, culminating with the team's third-annual private performance in Harlem on Monday, Oct. 5. Presented in cooperation with the New York City Police Athletic League, the Globetrotters will play for thousands of Harlem school children in a game with traditional opponent the Harlem Generals. The game will be played at the 369th Harlem Armory.

Those looking to check in on the Globetrotters and, maybe, on Fisher's progress can check the team's website at

Or, you can check back here in early October and this blogger will provide any news from Fisher's quest to become a Globetrotter.

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