After steadily improving his production and efficiency numbers through all of his first three seasons in college, Corey Fisher will finally have the opportunity to be the lead guard for Villanova as a senior with Scottie Reynolds finally out of the picture. Fisher should have ample opportunity to increase both his scoring and distributing roles this year, and how he handles both should be crucial to his stock.
Since we last profiled Fisher two years ago, he's done a good job improving on his decision-making and shot selection, though neither is what would be classified as strengths still. He's prone to settling for ill-advised pull-up jumpers with a hand in his face, while he also tends to show tunnel vision on some dribble penetration opportunities, forcing the issue with the ball.
On the positive side, Fisher is a deadly shooter when spotting up or pulling up in space, showing range to the NBA three-point line and very good form when he has space. Things break down for his shot considerably when he's pulling up from isolation situations, however, as he tends to go off balance and not contain his momentum well. Given Villanova's guard-heavy, isolation-based offense, this is something Fisher gets into trouble with a decent amount, and it will be interesting to see how he adjusts this year when he's forced to shoulder even more of the shot creation burden.
In terms of attacking the basket, Fisher shows a nice first step with the ball and a very good top speed, something that is best on display in transition. In the halfcourt he has problems finishing at the rim, though he makes up for it by drawing contact well to get to the line and by relying heavily on a developing mid-range game, frequently going to runners and floaters in the lane. His accuracy needs to improve on these shots, but it's good he's adapting to that style of play now, as it will be necessary for him to have in his arsenal to make it in the NBA.
As a distributor, Fisher shows nice flashes at times, excelling mostly on simple drive-and-kicks where he displays good court vision when he wants to, while also doing a good job pushing the ball with his speed in transition. He definitely is still a shoot-first player, prone to tunnel vision at times forcing his own shot, but with his backcourt mate Scottie Reynolds no longer in the picture, it will be interesting to see how he adapts this season, needing to handle more ball distributing himself.
Defensively, Fisher is a pesky player with a strong motor and good fundamentals. He possesses good size and lateral quickness for the point guard position while playing with an aggressive mentality on and off the ball. He does a good job with positioning off the ball, staying between his man and the ball, and does a good job getting his hands up to contest both in isolations and rotating over.
Looking forward, Fisher's spot-up shooting ability, speed with the ball, and defensive tenacity are all attractive qualities from an NBA perspective, but he will likely need to prove this season he can run an offense on his own, something he should have every opportunity to do. Continuing to improve his shot selection, mid-range game, and overall point guard skills should be his top priorities.