Cam’Ron Fletcher is not your typical Kentucky basketball commit.
The 2020 small-forward isn’t a McDonald’s All-American, he’s not even ranked as a five-star prospect. However, anybody who has followed Fletcher’s high school career understands that he’s oozing with potential and has all of the tools to become an impact player for John Calipari.
Most believe that Fletcher will arrive on campus this summer as a project that could take some time to develop. He’s not really considered to be a one and done prospect, but stories continue to surface that his game is continuing to evolve.
I’ve personally seen Cam’Ron Fletcher play five or six times, and the first thing you notice when you see him for the first time is his length. At 6-6, he has elite athleticism an ideal NBA body. His arms are incredibly long and although his frame is lanky. Once he arrives on campus it shouldn’t be a problem to add quite a bit of muscle.
Long range shooting is something that Fletcher has proven that he needs to work on. He didn’t shoot the ball very well on the Nike EYBL circuit last summer but has shown steady improvement over the course of this season.
Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader spoke to Fletcher’s High School coach, Tony Irons, about the future Cats’ development. Irons stated that Fletcher is shooting over 50% from three in their last eight games as he’s made major strides in this regard.
“Obviously, he’s been working on his shot,” Irons said. “I think he gets kind of a bad rap about his jump shot. A lot of people think that it’s not as good. Obviously, he needs to continue to get better at it, but it’s not one of those deals where it’s like mechanically broken or anything like that. It’s just continuing to get reps in. He’s been doing a good job of getting up in the morning and getting shots in. Stay late after practice and get shots in.”
Calipari obviously has some big-time talent slated to join the roster next season, so guys like Fletcher will have to come in and look for ways to help the team aside from scoring the basketball. I believe that his size and athleticism provide a path for him to become an elite defender. Playing tenacious on-ball defense could be Fletcher’s ticket to finding minutes next season and ultimately becoming a professional.
The Big Blue Nation has seen first-hand this season what a year under John Calipari can do for a players development. Nobody pegged Immanuel Quickley to be the 2020 SEC player of the year, but that’s exactly what happened.
It’s very possible that Cam’Ron Fletcher could be around for a few years, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But his three-point shooting could end up being a valuable asset for next season.