Still no playing time for Fisher, Shields

Published 4:37 pm Thursday, January 21, 2016

Longwood University men’s basketball players Leron Fisher and Chris Shields have not dressed out for the Lancers’ last five games.

Fisher, a senior from Baltimore, and Shields, a freshman from Hedgesville, W.Va., have attended each game and sat on the bench with the team.

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However, they have been held out of action due to “respective coach’s decisions,” according to Longwood Assistant Vice President for Athletics Communications Chris Cook.

Both players have not dressed out since the Lancers hosted Gardner-Webb on Jan. 2.

Cook declined The Herald’s request to interview Longwood head coach Jayson Gee about the players’ status.

Fisher, who has played in 11 out of 17 games this season, averages 28.9 minutes of playing time each game.

He averages 9.6 points a game and scored season highs of 18 points on three occasions.

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

Shields, one of five true freshmen on the team, has played in 14 games this season, averaging 21 minutes and 6.8 points per game. He scored a season-high 19 points against Maine in November.

Longwood (6-14) will host Winthrop at 5 p.m. Saturday in Willett Hall.