Mackin High School's motto is to "achieve higher things." Keith Fisher, a member of the Trojans' Jelleff League summer basketball team, intends to do just that.
"When I first came to Mackin in the 10th grade, I played junior varsity (basketball)", Fisher said. "In the 11th grade, I played varsity, but did not start. Now I'm one of two seniors on the basketball team and a starter."
Mackin's team is relatively young, with seven of its 14 players going into ninth or 10th grades this fall.
Coach Butch McAdams said, "We are in the rebuilding years with hard-working young athletes, but we will be looking to Keith to provide team leadership on and off the basketball court."
"I'm considering a career in business," Fisher said. "I wanted to attend a school that would prepare me for college. Mackin is providing me a strong academic foundation to achieve my goals.
"I would like to improve my grade point average to become more attractive to a wider range of colleges."
At 6 feet 4, Fisher is a fundamentally sound basketball player who should score in double figures with eight to 10 rebounds a game, according to McAdams.
"Keith may not have the greatest moves in the world but he does the intangible things like drawing offensive charges and starting the fast break with rebounds off the defensive board," McAdams said.
"Keith is a late bloomer academically and athletically, but what he lacks in talent he makes up for with hard work. I'm expecting great things from him in the future."
Fisher's goal is to make all-Met, another step up on his ambition to play college basketball. "I would like to play the small forward position in college," he said. "My game is strongest inside the perimeter."
The top area college basketball talent is playing weekends in the Kenner League at Georgetown's McDonough gymnasium.
Kenner play, which has been in progress for the last two weekends will continue through Aug. 6.
Top players to watch include Tommy Amaker (Duke); David Wingate, Michael Jackson and Ralph Dalton (Georgetown);, Wally Lancaster (VPI); Billy King (Virginia), and Steve McQueen (George Mason).