BY MICHAEL KELLY
CLIFTON PARK — On the basketball court, Brandon Fischer was all business in helping to lead the Shenendehowa boys to a state title during his senior season.
Off the court, Fischer is just as interested in taking care of business. Recently, the hoops star was honored as part of the Albany Business Review’s “40 Under 40” feature, crediting him as a business leader of the future currently at the high school level. He was one of five area high school juniors and seniors to receive the honor.
“Business is what I’ve always been around,” said Fischer, whose father is a general manager for NAPA Auto Parts. “I’ve always had an interest in it.”
One of Fischer’s teachers nominated him for his recent honor. The 6-foot-7 senior has taken a host of business classes during his high school career, ending with a sports marketing class this year.
Besides his diligence and intelligence, Fischer has an easy way about him that will help him in the future, said Tony Dzikas, his high school hoops coach.
“He’s a great kid who works very hard,” Dzikas said. “He’s a kid you like being around and having a conversation with. He’s very well-mannered and he comes off very well.”
On the court, Fischer was one of the key cogs for the Plainsmen in their run this past winter to a state championship. The starting center saved his best for the big games, such as Shenendehowa’s 60-52 state semifinal win against Mount Vernon. In that game, he poured in 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Fischer will play basketball next winter at Le Moyne College for new head coach Patrick Beilein, the son of former Le Moyne coach — and current University of Michigan coach — John Beilein. In a twist, Michigan’s Beilein has been one of the most active recruiters of Fischer’s teammate Kevin Huerter.
Dzikas expects Fischer to be able to step in right away as a contributor for Le Moyne, which plays at the Division II level.
“He knows he’ll have things to work on there, but he’s a kid that’s willing to work,” Dzikas said.
That goes for off the court, too. In the classroom, Fischer said he plans to continue with his favorite academic subject.
“That’s the plan,” he said. “Either management or marketing. I don’t know yet for sure, but definitely something in the business field.”