Fletcher was considered one of the more underrated players coming into Kentucky in the 2020 class. He came into the season shooting, defending, and adapting better than many expected.
But after an episode on the sideline regarding his reaction to a lack of playing time, Fletcher’s role began to spiral.
Fletcher was sent home to assess his future with Kentucky and whether or not he could commit to the expectations. That was short-lived and he quickly rejoined the team. Fletcher only made two appearances in games for Kentucky after that point, totaling seven minutes.
Given the situation that occurred in mid-December and Fletcher’s inability to see the floor after that point, it should come as no surprise that he has decided to play elsewhere. He only averaged 7.4 minutes per game in the minutes he played, and if several players come back from this year’s team it is unlikely that more minutes will become available.
It is unclear where Fletcher could potentially land. There is always the chance that he could return to Kentucky, as entering the portal is not an irreversible action. But the smart money would be on Fletcher signing elsewhere and receiving immediately eligibility for another team.
You hate to see a commitment to Kentucky not work out, but you have to wish the kid nothing but the best. Hopefully Fletcher will find a program that is a good fit and allows him to show his potential on and off the court.