Zach Fischer arrived on the Truman University campus as a walk-on for the Bulldog basketball team. He leaves as a First Team (CoSIDA) Academic All-American. Fischer became the first Academic All-American for Truman State University men’s basketball since Alex Henderson in 2011. The Bulldogs haven’t had a First Team Academic All-American since Jason Reinberg in 1999 and 2000. Fischer was one of 15 Division II players named to a first, second and third team.

Off the court, Fischer finished his undergrad in December of 2016 with a double major in accounting and finance (3.90 GPA) and has now turned his attention to a master’s degree in accountancy (3.71 GPA so far).

Since CoSIDA began the distinguished Academic All-America program in 1952, it has recognized Bulldog men’s basketball 10 times for seven different players. As a whole, Truman athletics has had 114 CoSIDA Academic All-American nods; the second-most in Division II.

On Monday, Fischer was selected to the All-Midwest Region Second Team. The St. Louis native started all 31 of the team’s games this season and scored in double-figures for all but two of them. The 6-4 forward racked up 17 double-doubles, which are the most since Truman Hall of Famer, David Winslow, had that many 37 years ago. He was three-tenths away from averaging double figure rebounds to go with a team-high 17 points per contest. Fischer’s 62.4 field goal percentage broke Glenn Jacobs’ single-season record that had stood for 20 years and Fischer took the second-most attempts of anyone in the top 10. For the single-season chart, the St. Louis native also finished tied for sixth in total points (528) and eighth in total rebounds (301).

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