By LARRY VAUGHT
Recent University of Kentucky commit Cam’Ron Fletcher knows a little bit already about playing in the spotlight.
He averaged 16.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game last season when Vashon High School in St. Louis won the Missouri 3A state championship. He averaged 11.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game this summer in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.
The 6-6, 210-pound Fletcher had North Carolina, Kansas, Michigan State, Missouri and Purdue among his 20-some scholarship offers before he verbally committed to Kentucky after making an official visit.
“Cam is a tantalizing talent and when things are really going for him he can make such a huge impact scoring the ball in the interior. He’s a sensational weak-side shot blocker on the defensive end,” said David Kvidahl of STLhighschoolsports.com and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Kvidahl should know since he has seen Fletcher play more than 20 times in his career. That includes seeing some games when he was not at his best.
“There are those days where he would disappear against good opponents — last year against East St. Louis for instance. Cam had his breakaway dunk swatted from behind into the student section and when the home crowd went wild he sort of withered,” Kvidahl said.
“It was a full house against an opponent that would go on to win the Class 3A Illinois state title and he was MIA (missing in action) after that blocked shot. He wasn’t the only one who had a tough time that night but that did stand out to me.
“Now that he’s being counted on as a senior leader, I’m interested to see how he steps into that role for a program with the highest of expectations. Vashon is chasing an undefeated season.”