Longwood’s Fisher, Shields remain benched

Published 11:33 am Thursday, January 28, 2016

Two Longwood University men’s basketball players have been held out of action for six straight games, and athletic officials still aren’t saying much about the reason.

Senior Leron Fisher and freshman Chris Shields have been on the bench and not dressed out since a Jan. 2 home game against Gardner-Webb.

Leron Fisher

Leron Fisher

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Fisher, a senior from Baltimore, and Shields, a freshman from Hedgesville, W.Va., are benched due to “respective coach’s decisions,” according to Longwood Assistant Vice President for Athletics Communications Chris Cook.

Cook and head coach Jayson Gee have repeatedly declined interviews on the subject.

Fisher, who has played in 11 out of 21 games this season, averages 28.9 minutes of playing time. He averages 9.6 points a game and scored season highs of 18 points on three occasions.

Fisher was also a member of Gee’s first recruiting class at Longwood.

Chris Shields

Chris Shields

Shields, one of five true freshmen on the team, has played in 14 games, averaging 21 minutes and 6.8 points per game.

He scored a season-high 19 points against Maine in November.

Longwood (6-15) will travel to UNC Asheville on Saturday for a noon matchup.