The standout element of Fisher’s game was his assist rate, which saw a significant increase from the 78th percentile in the previous year to an outstanding 92nd percentile. Fisher’s knack for facilitating goals was complemented by a respectable 64th percentile in shooting efficiency, suggesting that when he did take his chances, they often resulted in valuable contributions. 67% of his goals were assisted, so it’s not as if he was out there creating his own offense, but he was effective whether he was on the sending end of a pass or the receiving end.
His ball security was unremarkable in the 42nd percentile, so that was an issue, even accounting for the amount of time he had the ball in his stick. He had a nose for the ball, with a commendable 3.7% ground ball win rate, landing him in the 76th percentile. He was in the 79th percentile with respect to his share of the team’s shots and the 87th for overall usage rate. His approach was clearly pass-first, but again, he was effective when the ball ended a possession in his stick.
Fisher’s best stretch of games, between April 23 and May 7, was a testament to his high-caliber play. During these matchups against Albion, Hiram, Wooster, and Kenyon, Fisher achieved an individual efficiency rating in the 89th percentile while Denison enjoyed a perfect 4-0 record. In contrast, his most challenging period came earlier in the season, from February 26 to March 18, where his efficiency dipped to the 26th percentile. Despite this, Denison managed a 3-1 record, with the single loss to Washington and Lee.
The clearest indicator of Fisher’s varying performance was his ball security. During his peak, he boasted an 86th percentile ranking, compared to just 30th percentile in his less effective games. This stark difference underlines the importance of decision-making in his game. The good news is that he improved in this area as the year went along.
In sum, Fisher’s 2023 season was marked by significant strides as a facilitator. His ability to create assisted goals and his improved efficiency were key to his standout season, despite some fluctuations in performance related to ball security, especially early on. The consistency in his role from the previous year allowed Fisher to build on his skill set, culminating in a season that underscored his value to the team and his growth as a player.
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