Basketball vs Truman Keith Fisher

The men's basketball beat Truman State University 74-68 Oct. 23, 2019, for its exhibition game in Redbird Arena. Junior forward Keith Fisher III smiles at the beginning of the game Oct. 23.

As the Illinois State  University men’s basketball team prepped for its season starting in less than three weeks, senior Keith Fisher III made an abrupt announcement to sit out the season.

Concerns surrounding COVID-19 were at the forefront of Fisher III’s decision, as he pointed out in his tweet addressing his departure.

Head coach Dan Muller tweeted soon after Fisher III’s announcement was made public, showing support for his only senior.

The Redbirds returned to practice on Wednesday this week after a player tested positive for COVID-19, forcing eight players into isolation. Having instances of encountering the virus occur in August, September and October, the Redbirds have had a tough time combatting COVID-19.

Fisher III was expected to play a huge role for the Redbirds this season.

Being the only senior on the team, the Redbirds boast a youth-filled lineup with nine new faces dawning the red and white. Who steps up in Fisher III’s absence still remains to be seen.

Fisher began his college career as a member of San Jose State. Fisher and San Jose teammate Jaycee Hillsman transferred prior to the 2018-19 season.

Fisher sat out the following season due to the NCAA’s transfer rules. Fisher first saw time on the court during the 2019-20 season. In his lone season, Fisher averaged 9.6 points per game on 46% shooting.

Fisher will have the option for a waiver to play another season if he wishes. At this time Fisher’s plans are unknown.

The Redbirds have yet to set a non-conference schedule but are expected to return to action around the Nov. 25 return date.

JAKE FOGAL is a Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow Fogal on Twitter at @jfogal5

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