“I picked Kentucky because it’s my style of play,” Fletcher told Daniels. “I feel like I’ll fit in well and I want to win a national championship and get to the league.”
The four-star, St. Louis, Missouri native is ranked No. 36 overall in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. However, his ranking will most likely rise before it’s all said and done. I fully expect Fletcher to be in 5-star territory by the time he signs in December.
The 6-6, 180-pound wing pulled the trigger while on his visit to Lexington this week.
“[John Calipari] was just a great man and he gave me the real,” Fletcher said. “He told me how it was gonna be.”
A high-flying slasher, Fletcher is super bouncy and is ready to contribute in college right now on the defensive end. He’s extremely versatile on that end of the floor and projects to be an excellent wing-stopper under John Calipari.
His offensive game needs a bit of polishing, but if he can develop an outside shot, recruiting analysts across the country agree that his ceiling is as high as anyone’s in this class.
The best part about Fletcher, however, is just how much he loves the Wildcats. He’s looked like a UK lean since the beginning when they offered him, and this only reaffirms it.
I had said when Kentucky first reached out back in April that I thought Fletcher would be like the Dontaie Allen and Kahlil Whitney recruitments, where Fletcher visited towards the end of the summer, and then he commits during or in the day or two following his visit.
He had previously said he would visit all the schools on his list, but Calipari didn’t want him leaving campus without getting a pledge.
At 6-foot-6 with great length, his versatility and natural ability are through the roof. Right now, he is more of a threat from 15-feet and in, but his outside shot has improved, and it is beginning to become a regular part of his game. It is the toughness, athleticism, and ability to attack with the dribble that makes Fletcher such a productive player. He doesn’t have the best feel for the game, but the physical tools and desire allow him to overcome that and be a talented forward who can excel in a number of different roles.
Now, Kentucky looks like they’re in great shape with the 2020 class. Fletcher joins BJ Boston (No. 10 overall), who committed last Saturday, in what could be the best class Cal has assembled since arriving at Kentucky.
If the Cats land both Jalen Green and Josh Christopher, I’m not sure how the backcourt minutes would be split, but that’s a good problem to have.
Buckle up, BBN, because this is just the beginning of the fun.