A recruit for the future has tie to UH past
Cheri Boyer is considered one of the all-time great setters in University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball history. The UH men’s basketball team would like her to provide a huge assist for the future.
Boyer’s son, Evan Fitzner, is a coveted prospect for the 2014 class, and he has Hawai’i on a long list of possibilities.
“My mom’s got the University of Hawai’i alumni license plate and she’s got some stuff around the house,” Fitzner said. “I like all the schools that are recruiting me, obviously. But I guess there’s some sort of an advantage there because she was really happy when she found out that (Hawai’i) was recruiting me and she likes the school a lot.”
Fitzner is a 6-foot-10, 210-pound forward at Francis Parker High School in San Diego. He is about to enter his junior year, and is considered a prospect for the 2014-15 season.
College coaches notice quality players across the country early, and Fitzner appears to fit that category. Several programs have been recruiting him for more than a year, including Cal, Colorado, New Mexico, Rice and Stanford.
Fitzner plays summer basketball with Double Pump Elite – one of the top AAU programs in the country. Earlier this summer, Double Pump Elite won the 16-under championship at a big national tournament in Anaheim, Calif., and also placed third at the Las Vegas Fab 48 tournament in Las Vegas.
Fitzner sprained an ankle early in the Las Vegas tournament last month, so his playing time and performance were slowed somewhat. Still, he displayed a nice shooting touch – with range beyond the 3-point line.
“I’m like a face-up (power forward),” he said. “I can also post up – that’s something I also need to work on is getting stronger in the post. I like to rebound and block shots and I think I have a pretty good shot on the perimeter.”
Keep in mind that he still has two years of high school remaining to improve – and grow. His mother can relate to what he is going through. During the late 1980s, Boyer was one of the top volleyball recruits in the nation, before she signed with UH. She became an All-American setter for the Rainbow Wahine, and still ranks fourth on the program’s career list of assist leaders.
“That really was like my family away from home,” she said. “I can’t say enough about Hawai’i.”
Of course, dad will likely have a say in the decision as well, and Mark Fitzner is a former basketball player at … Stanford.
As stated above, a sprained ankle at the Las Vegas tournament hampered Fitzner so his highlights in the video at top are limited. Below is another video from his sophomore season at Parker High.
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