Starting today, the Kentucky basketball program is set to host 2020 four-star forward Cam’Ron Fletcher on an official visit.
While it’s well-known at this point that Kentucky is in phenomenal position with the 6-foot-6 prospect out of St. Louis and we very well may be on commitment watch at this point, what do we need to know about him before his trip to Lexington?
Let’s take a look.
Who is Cam’Ron Fletcher?
|Cam’Ron Fletcher (2020)
Small Forward | 6-6 | 195 lbs.
Saint Louis, MO | Vashon High School
AAU: Bradley Beal Elite
|ESPN||No. 45 | 11 SF||Top247||No. 37 | 8 SF|
|Rivals||No. 37 | 9 SF||247 Comp.||No. 36 | 2 PF|
Fletcher, a Saint Louis product and Vashon High School standout, is considered a consensus four-star recruit and top-45 prospect in the class of 2020. The 247Sports Composite currently has him listed as the No. 36 rising senior in the nation.
Once Fletcher burst onto the recruiting scene, many assumed he would stay close to home and end up signing with Missouri. When Michigan State came along with an offer, momentum flipped that direction, and visits to East Lansing soon followed. Ever since, though, the Kentucky Wildcats have emerged as the heavy favorite to land the athletic 6-foot-6 wing.
This year during the Nike EYBL regular season, Fletcher averaged 12.3 points and 6.4 rebounds in 14 total games played. In seven games at the Peach Invitational, the Kentucky target also averaged 11.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.0 steals per contest.
At Vashon this past season, Fletcher averaged 16.8 points and four rebounds per game.
After seeing him both on the Nike EYBL circuit and at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA over the last several months, the first aspect of Cam’Ron Fletcher’s game that immediately jumps out at you is his elite athleticism. In transition, the 6-foot-6 forward runs the floor extremely well, finishes well at the rim, and usually makes the right decision. He’s still feeling his game out, but the pure basketball instincts are there.
Outside of his athleticism, he’s also strong and extremely well-built, allowing him to create space on offense and thrive on the glass. He also projects as an elite perimeter defender at the college level with the ability to guard one through four at times.
The biggest knock on his game is his 3-point shooting ability, though his confidence has improved quite a bit and the slight hitch in his jumper isn’t as noticeable as the one we’ve seen throughout his high school career to date. He only shot 28.3% from three during the Nike EYBL regular season this year, but his improved confidence and mechanics looked to be solid steps forward in his development as an all-around basketball player.
He’s not a polished player yet by any means, but the potential is absolutely there on both ends of the floor.
247Sports’ Brian Snow feels Fletcher can eventually become a sure-fire starter at the Power-Five level, highlighting the forward’s elite athleticism and physical tools.
“At 6-foot-6 with great length, his versatility and natural ability are through the roof,” he said. “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.”
The 6-foot-6 prospect out of St. Louis currently holds offers from Kentucky, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina, Kansas, and Alabama, among others.
He took his very first unofficial visit of his recruitment to Missouri in May 2018, followed by another trip to Columbia just three months later in August. Michigan State then offered him a scholarship in October and he followed it up with an official visit to the school in early November.
On November 24, John Calipari and Tony Barbee visited Fletcher at the 2018 Thanksgiving Hoopfest in Duncanville, Texas, where the Wildcat target finished with 22 points and nine rebounds against current Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey.
In March 2019, Fletcher took another official visit to Michigan State before heading to Lexington on an unofficial in June, where Coach Cal and the UK coaching staff extended an offer.
Last month, the four-star forward trimmed his list to five, with Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan State, Missouri and North Carolina all making the final cut.
Not long after, Fletcher announced his official visit to Kentucky, set to begin today. He has said in the past that he hopes to take additional trips to all five schools on his final list, though his current trip to Lexington is the only one scheduled at this time.
What do we know?
Taking a look at his Crystal Ball on 247Sports, Kentucky currently holds a strong lead with 70% of all predictions, including picks from recruiting experts Evan Daniels, Andrew Slater, and Jerry Meyer, among other. In fact, the Wildcats have received all six of his most recent predictions and seven of the last eight.
Over at Rivals, Kentucky holds 100% of all FutureCast picks, including predictions from Corey Evans, Jake Weingarten, David Sisk, and Justin Rowland, among others.
In my most recent edition of Pilgrim’s Insider Notes released on Tuesday evening, I reported that a commitment to Kentucky could come as early as the end of this weekend, with sources telling KSR that the small forward target is “hoping” to be a Wildcat by the time his visit comes to a close. He has said he wants to decide in September, but if Kentucky puts on the full-court press this weekend and pushes for a commitment, there is a strong belief that he will jump on the opportunity.
There have been questions about a potential commitment from Fletcher impacting Kentucky’s standing with five-star guards Jalen Green and Josh Christopher, though sources tell KSR that A) there is a mutual understanding between all parties involved that the dynamic duo out of California remains as the top priority for UK and B) the coaching staff will happily accept a commitment from Fletcher if he wants to make one with that understanding in mind.
In short, a commitment from the four-star wing this weekend will have no bearing on Kentucky’s future plans surrounding both Green and Christopher and the coaching staff is hopeful for a class that includes all four of BJ Boston, Fletcher, Green, and Christopher.
In an interview with Kentucky Sports Radio at the NBPA Top100 Camp, Fletcher said that he wants to play right away, but his main focus is to go somewhere that will help further his career the best.
“Me just going in and playing right away [is important],” Fletcher told KSR. “I know I’m going to have to work for it, but it’s just about who wants to get me where I want to go in my career. I want to go to a place that fits me the best, their history with players like me, playing time, stuff like that.”
As of today, that school is looking to be Kentucky.
Come on down, young fella.