Matthew Fisher-Davis, a top 100 national basketball recruit, has withdrawn from Charlotte Christian and enrolled at Butler High School.
James Fisher-Davis, Matthew’s father, told the Observer his son enrolled at Butler Monday.
Fisher-Davis, a 6-foot-5 senior shooting guard, has committed to Vanderbilt. Scout.com ranks him No. 94 among all senior recruits and No. 21 among all shooting guards.
Fisher-Davis began his high school career at Butler but transferred to Charlotte Christian after his freshman year. James Fisher-Davis said it was his idea that his son transfer to Charlotte Christian, due to its focus on Christian faith and values, something the father said was important to the family. Matthew Fisher-Davis played his sophomore and junior seasons at Charlotte Christian.
“I thought it was the best thing for him and I still believe it was,” James Fisher-Davis said. “But he was never big-time happy there. Some of it he tolerated because I always told him it was the best thing.”
James Fisher-Davis said he and his son had some tough conversations about Matthew’s feelings about Charlotte Christian. At the same time, James Fisher-Davis said, there was an issue on campus with a newly created Twitter account being used to belittle a student. Matthew Fisher-Davis was questioned about it.
Fisher-Davis has a Twitter account with more than 900 followers and has posted more than 19,000 tweets.
“Something happened and at some point, a kid had an account, confirmed not to be Matthew’s account,” James Fisher-Davis said. “Matthew said he didn’t have anything to do with it, whether that was believed or not. I said I can’t be in a situation with him where there’s some question in regards to that. We have to work better than that. I can’t have this kid’s character thrown into question.
“No one can say they watched him do this and Matthew is a kid, come on, who people have been following his tweeting for quite some time. He knows what the deal is in regards to that. So at the end of the day, I said, ‘You know what, he’s not happy here, and we’ll withdraw from school.’”
Charlotte Christian coach Shonn Brown confirmed Fisher-Davis’ withdrawal, but wouldn’t comment further.
Brown said without Fisher-Davis, the Knights are left with two returning starters — 5-11 senior Adam Durden and 6-1 junior Trey Phills. The Knights were 9-3 with Phills in the lineup last season but were 5-12 after Phills suffered a sprained knee. Phills has offers from the Citadel and UC-Irvine. Phills is the son of the late Charlotte Hornet Bobby Phills.
Fisher-Davis committed to Vanderbilt two weeks ago, choosing the Commodores over Wake Forest, Virginia and Georgia. He averaged 17.4 points last season to lead Charlotte Christian and was the second straight Knights guard in as many years to commit to a major college. Fisher-Davis played with Patrick Rooks last season. Rooks, a 6-2 guard, is a freshman at Clemson.
• Northside Christian senior forward DeSean Murray committed to Presbyterian Sunday night. Murray, a 6-4 senior forward, is the third Northside player to commit to a Division I school. Keyshawn Woods, a 6-5 forward, committed to Charlotte; and Devon Bell, a 5-11 guard, committed to Presbyterian. Senior James Demery, a 6-5 wing, has received offers from St. Joseph’s, Tennessee, Charlotte, Virginia Tech and South Carolina.
Murray played at East Gaston last season. He averaged 22 points and 11.1 rebounds last season.
Three SouthLake Christian football players have been invited to play for the National USA Football team: junior quarterback Luke Lancaster, sophomore receiver Conner O’Donnell and sophomore running back Robert Washington.
The players were presented their Team USA jerseys at halftime of SouthLake’s 57-0 win against Highland Tech Friday. Lancaster made the U-18 USA team that will play in Texas in February. O’Connell and Washington made the U17 team, which will also play in February in Texas.
SouthLake is 6-0.
Vance beat West Charlotte 3-2 last week, earning its first win over the Lions in five years. It was Vance’s first five-game match of the season.
“This is an amazing feeling for me as a senior to play for four years and finally get a win,” said Vance senior captain Maya Hall.
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