When news broke that Cam’Ron Fletcher was asked to take time away from the men’s basketball team, many wondered if that was the last we’d seen of him in a UK uniform.
However, John Calipari is not only keeping the door open for a return, but the UK coach said Thursday he expects Fletcher to rejoin the team at some point.
Calipari also revealed he had a productive talk with Fletcher and his family on Wednesday, and everyone seems to be on the same page.
Cal said he spoke to Cam'Ron Fletcher Wednesday night, plus the player's mother and high school coach. Cal said he expects Fletcher to return to the team. He did not say exactly when.— Jerry Tipton (@JerryTipton) December 24, 2020
“I believe he’ll be back, and you’ve got everybody around him thanking me. I think he’ll be better for this,” said Calipari.
After logging double-digit minutes in each of Kentucky’s first three games, Fletcher has played a combined seven minutes over the last three games. That helped lead to an emotional outburst on the bench during last Saturday’s loss to North Carolina, something he apologized for to his teammates following the game.
Fletcher won’t play this week vs. the Louisville Cardinals, but it certainly sounds like he could be back with the team before they begin SEC play. Depending on how much longer Keion Brooks Jr. is out, Kentucky will need Fletcher for added frontcourt depth for what should be a grueling SEC schedule coming up.
But more than anything, it’s good to hear Fletcher is in a better state of mind now. It’s easy to forget how hard it is for freshmen like him adjusting to college life after being the big man on campus in high school. And that’s not even accounting for how much more challenging this year has been due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s to hoping we get to see Fletcher back in a UK uniform very soon.