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Drew Fielder is breaking out in the 2023 class, talks offers, game

July 13, 2022

It’s been quite the journey over the last six months for West Coast Elite and Southern California Acad. (CA) big man, 6-foot-10 incoming junior Drew Fielder.

The Idaho native has recently burst onto the scene and it’s a sigh of relief I'd assume for the breakout big as he dealt with a back injury keeping him out for six months.

You can appreciate a big man with a high motor, running the floor at a great pace, on top of being physical, and a smooth offensive game. Fielder thrives around the rim, but what adds to that, is his touch from beyond the arc. He isn’t a lights-out shooter just yet but has shown he is fully capable of shooting the three-ball.

I think this summer is going to continue to be a big one for him, as he’s proved his worth against high-level competition, and following AAU he will begin to work with Julius V and Southern California Academy.

Due to his play recently, high-majors are drooling over the big man. He’s reeled in offers from plenty of high-major schools and he discussed them, plus he discussed his game with

Which schools would you say are heavily involved in your recruitment?

“Providence, USC, and St. Mary’s.”

And who are the newest schools in the mix?

“Those three, TCU, and St. John’s.”

What’s Providence’s pitch to you and thoughts on Coach Cooley and his program?

“Providence really likes my versatility, being able to score in the post and outside. They like me as a big stretch four. They also really like my toughness which fits them well. Obviously, Coach Cooley is a legendary coach and a great human. I love what they stand for and their winning culture.”

USC’s pitch and what do you know about their program?

“They like my skill for my size, as they have had success with similar players. I know that they love to play skilled and love versatile players.”

St. John’s, I know they’re new but what did they like about your game?

“I’ve only talked to them once, they really liked my versatility and toughness as well.”

As far as visits, are you starting to set anything up yet?

“I’ve talked to a couple of schools about visits, but nothing scheduled yet.”

Any ideas on a commitment timeline just yet?

“Not really (laughs), still trying to digest.”

Now let's talk about your game, how would you best describe Drew Fielder?

“I would describe my game as a skilled big who loves to be physical. I like to do everything on the court whether it’s dribble, pass, or shoot.”

What separates you from other bigs?

“I would say the two biggest things that separate me are my skill level and willingness to bump. I have a high skill level for my size which gives me more options. But the biggest thing is my willingness to be super physical and not shy away from contact.”

How was it working with Michigan State’s Jaxon Kohler?

”Working with Jaxon was huge for my development. He is so good and his post-game is next level.”

What has been the biggest key to you blowing up, what has it been like?

“I was hurt for about six months. So I couldn’t play and nobody knew about me, so it was just a matter of time. The last few months have been a lot of rehabs, just trying to get my knees right. It was a massive grind.”

Is this a breakout year upcoming for you?


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