The last time Chase Fischer and Brandon Taylor were playing in the same game, things got out of hand.
That was when Taylor's Utah team defeated Fischer's BYU team in December of 2015 but most remember it for the brouhaha that erupted surrounding a wild swing from Cougar Nick Emery that hit Taylor.
But Wednesday at the Utah Jazz pre-draft workout at the Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City, the two basketball players not only said that incident was in the distant past, they were also glad to see each other.
"It was more of a relief because I know him a little bit since we've played and we've always been cool," Fischer said after his workout. "When I saw I was working out with him, it was cool because I wasn't going against an unknown guy. Brandon competes and he works hard."
Taylor couldn't help but laughed when someone asked him about the "fireworks" from last year's contest.
"It added a little fun, especially to have someone from BYU," Taylor said. "Chase is a hell of a shooter and he showed that. It was cool."
Fischer added that there wasn't any BYU-Utah trash-talking either.
"I'm out of that scene right now," Fischer said. "Brandon is a good dude. He's a good player. I think we both have mutual respect for each other. We didn't even talk about it."
Instead, Fischer focused on making the most of his first workout for an NBA team.
"I wanted to show I could shoot the ball but that's kind of what I do so everybody knows that," Fischer said. "But I also wanted to show I go hard, I have pace and I have a little bit more to my game than just shooting. I really competed in 1-on-1, I played hard on defense, I showed I have a little off the dribble and I wanted to make shots too. I think I did a good job and worked hard."
Walt Perrin, Jazz Vice President of Player Personnel, said he liked some of the things he saw.
"They both can shoot the ball," Perrin said. "They know how to score. Chase shot the ball well today, while I think Brandon struggled a little bit with the 3-pointers."
He was also frank about what the future might hold for guys like Fischer and Taylor.
"Size is going to be a concern for both of them because of the position they are probably going to play at the next level," Perrin said. "Size is going to be a factor."
The former Cougar sharpshooter understands how the process works and said right now he's just trying to make the most of it.
"Hopefully I can get a couple of more workouts with some teams and make a summer-league team," Fischer said. "That would be best-case scenario. But if I don't, I'll probably go to Europe and play. My agent has been talking to some teams over there and I think my game translates really well to the European game. I'm not trying to look too far ahead but hopefully I can just get a couple more workouts."
He said he's learned that if you want to play pro ball, you've got to stay ready and stay in shape.
"It was a job in college but now you've got to be professional," Fischer said. "I got this call Monday night from my agent saying I had a workout. You've got to be ready always. It's your job, so you've got to take it really seriously."
In attendance for the workout were a couple of coaches who have helped shape Fischer's career such as BYU head coach Dave Rose and assistant coach Tim LaComb came to support the former Cougar.
"It was cool to see Coach Rose," Fischer said. "I knew Tim LaComb was coming because I saw him yesterday but I didn't know Coach Rose was coming. It's cool to have your coach from college who believed in you in the stands, supporting you. Coach Rose, ever since I got to BYU, gave me a lot of opportunities and I'm very grateful for that."
Fischer said he's also gotten insight from a couple of other former Cougars — Tyler Haws and Kyle Collinsworth — about the process.
"I've talked to (Haws) ever since he's been in Spain probably every two weeks," Fischer said. "I've asked him what that is like and also what this pre-draft stuff is like. Kyle is also going through it right now with a lot of workouts. He's one of my best friends, so we talk a lot. I think both of those dudes have helped me and talked about the process a little bit."