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Cam’Ron Fletcher stock on the rise after he surprised everyone, including Calipari

Cam’Ron Fletcher was overlooked in Kentucky’s incoming class, the lowest-ranked of six new freshmen on John Calipari’s new team. Throw in three new transfers, including Olivier Sarr with his summertime soap opera, and it’s easy to see how Fletcher’s name wasn’t at the front of the preseason conversations surrounding this brand new team.

But we are talking about him right now.

Maybe the star of the entire game for how he outplayed expectations, the 6-6 freshman came off the bench to score nine points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field, plus five rebounds, three assists and a steal, all in only 17 minutes played.

Surprised as anyone, Calipari said in his postgame comments he hadn’t seen anything like that from Fletcher, but used him as an example of someone making the most of an opportunity Cal gives everyone on the team.

“Cam has not done what he did today in the game,” Cal said. “That’s why he didn’t go in earlier. But now, what he just did today, you gotta push him in there… I love what I saw from Cam today because he just… plays… hard.”

Terrence Clarke loved what he saw from Fletcher too.

“Cam is that guy, he’s that guy,” said Clarke, UK’s starting shooting guard and one of Fletcher’s freshman classmates. “He plays as hard as he can every time he’s out there, and he gives it his all and that’s why I love him to death. That’s one of my main guys on the team right now. When I talk to him, the main thing he wants to do is just let everybody know that he’s here for everybody else, and he went out there today and surprised a lot of people because he plays hard and does what he has to do all the time on the court. It showed today.”

Clarke had a nice debut of his own, which is why he and Fletcher shared the honor of speaking on behalf of the players in the first postgame press conference of the year.

Fletcher was last to speak. A man of few words, he told reporters, “It was game time so my adrenaline was running and I knew I had to play hard and everything would fall in place.”

And all this attention?

“I don’t really care about attention, for real. I just go hard, play dirty. That’s just me.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

9 Comments for Cam’Ron Fletcher stock on the rise after he surprised everyone, including Calipari

  1. 502ownsLexghanistan
    9:35 am November 26, 2020 Permalink

    He goes hard and plays dirty. Typical UK player, it’s not just the football team.

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:20 am November 26, 2020 Permalink

      Welcome back CodeRed. Did the dumpster fire get too hot for you? It’s about time for another scandal.

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:23 am November 26, 2020 Permalink

      That’s rich coming from a fan of a program who cheated while being on probation for cheating and had their only championship in decades stripped. Did I say stripped?

    • Bluehender
      10:53 am November 26, 2020 Permalink

      You did. You said stripped. 4ever owns 502…

    • 4everUKBlue
      11:12 am November 26, 2020 Permalink

      Stripped musta slipped out, I knew you had my back Bluehender

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:45 pm November 26, 2020 Permalink

      CodeRed, or DennyC? Wait, they were the same person anyway!

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:47 am November 27, 2020 Permalink

      Leave 502 alone he still hasn’t gotten over finding out his mom was the ugliest hooker at the Louisville basketball party.

  2. Tywhoppity
    9:46 am November 26, 2020 Permalink

    SKG 2.0? Hope so!

  3. Sully
    12:51 pm November 26, 2020 Permalink

    I live in St Louis and have watched Fletcher for years. Played on a top area team that preached great, tough defense and won a couple of state titles while he was there. Don’t know why people are surprised he can shoot; he definitely can. He is tough and smart on the court, a totally winning player. He does all the things that help a team win.