Jays honoredJamestown’s Dyllan Anderson and Danny Fischer entered the season with a lot of promise. Fischer was coming off his first season as an all-West Region selection and Anderson had just signed on with the Jamestown College men’s basketball team.
Jamestown’s Dyllan Anderson and Danny Fischer entered the season with a lot of promise.
Fischer was coming off his first season as an all-West Region selection and Anderson had just signed on with the Jamestown College men’s basketball team.
So, it’s no surprise that both seniors’ names have resurfaced come awards time.
Fischer and Anderson were both named to the all-West Region team after nearly guiding the Blue Jays into the state tournament.
“Danny is a very talented offensive player,” said JHS coach Kelley Kessler. “He’s a kid that can handle the ball in pressure, he can make some good decisions and he is just somebody that can settle you down as a team. Every coach needs somebody like that on the floor.”
Fischer led Jamestown in scoring for the second straight year after finishing the season averaging 17.2 points per game.
He ranked fifth in the West Region in scoring in the regular season and was second in the region in free-throw percentage.
Fischer topped the team offensively in all three West Region tournament games with 19 points in each game.
“Danny has a knack of getting to the hole and getting fouled,” Kessler said. “He can keep the dribble alive, get shots off and then go produce at the free-throw line. There’s not a lot of kids that look to score from the free-throw line, but he’s one of those throwback kids that has the confidence that he knows if he gets fouled he’s going to get two points at the free-throw line.”
Anderson finished the year as the Blue Jays’ second highest scorer averaging 10.7 points per game. The 6-foot-3 Jimmie recruit also averaged almost five rebounds per game and was second on the team in steals.
“Dyllan came a long way in the time that we started with him when he was a junior to the time he became a senior,” said the second-year Blue Jay coach. “I think he was upset with how he ended last year and that kind of drove him to become a better basketball player. I think college coaches recognized that and that’s part of the reason he signed with the Jimmies.”
Only one other team in the West Region landed more players on the all-region team than the Blue Jays. Mandan, which recently just captured third at state, placed three on the team with Devin Coyle, Erron Collins and Aaron Janz all receiving the accolade.
Bismarck High was represented by Devin Schirado and the region’s top scorer and rebounder in Dexter Werner. Werner, a senior post who signed with North Dakota State, was also named the region’s Senior Athlete of the Year, while his coach, Steve Miller, was named the West Region’s Coach of the Year.
Ben Weisbeck and Scott Nagel from St. Mary’s were also named all-West Region, as was Century’s Andre Maund and Tom Fraase.
Minot was the only other team to have multiple players named to the team with Brandon VanDusen and Austin Frank, while Dickinson’s Jordan Krieg and Williston’s Cory Vinger rounded out the team.
All-West Region team
Bismarck—Dexter Werner, Devin Schirado; Mandan—Devin Coyle, Erron Collins, Aaron Janz; St. Mary’s—Ben Weisbeck, Scott Nagel; Century—Andre Maund, Tom Fraase; Minot—Brandon VanDusen, Austin Frank; Jamestown—Danny Fischer, Dyllan Anderson; Dickinson—Jordan Krieg; Williston—Cory Vinger.
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