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Tuesday / May 26.
  • Corey Fisher, Superhero

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    NEW YORK — Corey Fisher is a Superhero.

    So says Sports Illustrated.

    The Villanova senior point guard says he got a kick out of the recent cover featuring himself, Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen and BYU’s Jimmer Fredette.

    “Coach [Jay Wright] and everybody got a hold of it and started making little jokes,” Fisher, a Bronx native, said Tuesday in advance of No. 7 Villanova’s game Wednesday night with UCLA at the NIT Preseason Tip-Off.

    The former Elizabeth (N.J.) St.  Patrick star is sporting some serious guns in the comic book rendition.

    “Everybody said, ‘I’m not that cut-up’ the way they made me,” said Fisher, averaging 16.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds coming into the UCLA game.

    Added teammate Corey Stokes: “It had a lot of freckles on his face. It looked just like him. It’s just great to see him in magazines and stuff like that.”

    SI ran the subhead “Can A Streetball Legend Become a Champion?”

    The question referred to a game this summer in which Fisher dropped 105 points in a single summer league outing.

    Wright says it’s almost as if there are two Corey Fishers, the one who can dominate a summer league tilt and the one who deferred last year to Scottie Reynolds.

    “Coach is always right about a lot of things he says, but Coach wants me to be a killer at all times,” Fisher said. “And that’s what I’ve been trying to do early in the season. As you can see, I’m trying to take over and be a leader of the team.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.