Wednesday’s roundup: Fisher retires, calls San Diego State 'my legacy'
San Diego — Steve Fisher will always be the “Michigan Man” who was promoted to head coach on the eve of the 1989 NCAA Tournament and led the Wolverines to the national championship.
He coached the Fab Five.
And then he went off and did something that few people thought was possible. He put San Diego State on the college basketball map.
Fisher announced his retirement from coaching Tuesday after spending 18 seasons at San Diego State, which he turned from a laughingstock into a West Coast power.
Fisher, 72, said it was simply time to step away and hand over the program to his longtime assistant, Brian Dutcher.
“It was done for all the right reasons,” Fisher said at a news conference.
Hired in March 1999, Fisher inherited a program that had just gone 4-22 and had posted just one winning season in a decade and a half.
In just three seasons, he had the Aztecs in the NCAA Tournament, a feat they’d accomplished only three times prior.
“San Diego State is my legacy,” said Fisher, who was fired from Michigan in 1997 over the Ed Martin booster scandal fallout. “I’m proud of every step in my journey, but I’m an Aztec.”
Jackson seeks diversion
Kansas freshman basketball player Josh Jackson (Detroit Consortium) pleaded not guilty to one misdemeanor count of criminal property damage Wednesday in Douglas County (Kan.) District Court.
Jackson appeared with his attorney, who said he was planning to file for diversion.
Prosecutors charged Jackson on Feb. 24 after alleging he kicked the driver's door and rear taillight of a car driven by KU women's basketball player McKenzie Calvert during the early morning hours of Dec. 9.
Four IU players declare
OG Anunoby and three Indiana teammates declared for the NBA Draft. Anunoby plans to hire an agent and will not return for his junior year.
Junior guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson and sophomore center Thomas Bryant will not hire agents, making them eligible to return to college.
Other players who declared for the June 22 draft:
...Oregon junior forward Dillon Brooks said he is entering the NBA Draft and has hired an agent, ending his collegiate eligibility.
... Gonzaga freshman center Zach Collins declared for the NBA Draft.
Guard Jordan Hill is leaving Wisconsin after his junior season and plans to consider his options as a graduate transfer. Hill averaged 2.9 points and 1.4 assists in 35 games this season.