The Cairns Taipans have announced the signing of local guard Anthony Fisher. The former Taipans development player transitioned to a training player with the team last year, and his fifth season involved with the club will be the first in his professional basketball career.
Fisher has been a key member of Cairns Basketball (CBI) since he arrived in Far North Queensland in 2015, joining the Taipans as a development player after a development stint with the Perth Wildcats and playing for his home town Ballarat Miners in the SEABL.
Over his three years as a DP, Fisher hit the court for seven NBL games as he made a name for himself as one of the pre-eminent guards in the Queensland Basketball League. Playing for the Cairns Marlins, Fisher won the 2016 QBL Championship in his first year and has helped take the team to the playoffs every season since.
This year, the 25-year old averaged 16.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game playing under Taipans assistant Jamie O’Loughlin and alongside new Taipans team mate Fabijan Krslovic.
“Fish” is another example of the successful synergy that exists between Cairns Basketball and the NBL, with the Taipans links to their CBI development structures providing a professional pathway for athletes. As part of the Taipans Academy, he won the “Aron Baynes Award” for Best Athlete, and his commitment to the team was also acknowledged at the Annual Awards night in February when he was named “Club Person of the Year.”
Head Coach Mike Kelly said he couldn’t be happier to finally give the talented point guard the opportunity he had been working for.
“This signing was a basketball decision and a team decision – but it’s extra special that it’s Anthony Fisher, who we all know has worked his tail off to get this opportunity through both the Taipans and the Marlins over the years. I’m excited for him to be a part of this,” said Kelly.
“I’ve always liked Fish’s game; he knows how to run a team. He’s done that very well all throughout practice last year and has demonstrated that with the Marlins. He’s got a good skills package –the ability to run a team, shoot the ball and defend, and he wraps it up with toughness on the court.”
Fisher is the ninth player to be announced on the Taipans roster, joining Scott Machado, Cameron Oliver, Majok Deng, Nate Jawai, Kouat Noi, Jarrod Kenny, Mirko Djeric and Fabijan Krslovic.