Ballarat Miner Anthony Fisher heads to Perth tomorrow for a two-week training stint with the NBL’s ladder-leading Perth Wildcats.
“We’ll have a full team training session every day, a weights session most days, and a shooting session with the guards every few days too,” said Fisher.
Fisher trained with the Wildcats in September and has kept in regular contact with the coaching staff since then.
“Training with Perth puts me in the best shape heading into Miners preseason. I’ve been shooting regularly and going to the gym nearly every day but it’s the best way to prepare to be on-court.”
The 20-year-old is in his third year with the Miners, and is excited to take on a bigger role in 2014 after missing several games last season due to national team commitments.
“I’m feeling good about this season now that I’ve had a few years behind me. I had a lot of international commitments last year so I’m looking forward to being able to play a full season.
I know what I’m up against, I’ve just got to prepare as best as I can, and learn as much as I can in Perth.”
Fisher is optimistic about the Miners’ 2014 season after a 2013 riddled with injuries to his teammates and new coaching staff.
“I’m very excited to work with Dave (David Flint, Miners head coach) and Hayesy (Eric Hayes, Miners assistant coach) again. It will be a good fresh start for them after coming in a little late last season.”
Fisher acknowledged the mentoring of 2013 Miners co-captain Shaun Bruce, whose future with the club is still to be determined since Bruce was signed to the NBL’s Cairns Taipans’ senior roster.
“In my first couple of years, having Brucey as the starting point guard and knowing he wanted to get to the NBL like I do, playing alongside and watching him shows what level you need to be at, how hard you need to work to get there. He’s always been a good leader, always keen to talk, and always keen to help out. It’s great to see he’s doing well!”
Fisher returns to Ballarat for Miners preseason in late January.