Kentucky coach John Calipari mentioned on Monday that freshman ahead Cam’Ron Fletcher is again with the crew after being requested to step away every week in the past to mirror and “get his priorities so as.” Fletcher was seen visibly upset throughout Kentucky’s 75-63 loss to North Carolina on Dec. 19, and Calipari defined after the sport it was as a result of Fletcher was dissatisfied along with his enjoying time.
“I believe the child feels dangerous, however he needed to have a wake-up name,” Calipari mentioned Monday on the SEC’s weekly coaches teleconference. “He got here in, hugged me and [said] ‘Coach, I am tellin’ ya, I am gonna be a distinct man.’ Good. As a result of that is why you do issues. I am not doing it to show some extent. I self-discipline children and never considered one of you ever know. Why this [time]? It went to a size that disciplining inside wasn’t working. He is not a foul child. He is again now.”
Fletcher performed simply two minutes in UK’s loss to UNC and a mixed 5 minutes in video games towards Notre Dame and Georgia Tech the 2 video games prior, a stark decline in his position after enjoying a minimum of 13 minutes in video games towards Kansas, Richmond and Morehead State to open the season.
“You have to settle for your place on this crew, no matter minutes you get,” Calipari mentioned after the UNC loss. “Cam was mad he did not play extra. And I am like, ‘The blokes in entrance of you might be enjoying.’ Lance performed out of his thoughts. I assumed Devin performed higher. Cam got here in and apologized after, however they do not perceive that with 4 minutes to go, we have now an opportunity to win the sport and also you cop an perspective, it is the immaturity of that.”
Fletcher issued an apology each publicly to followers and privately to his teammates for his actions. He defined that his feelings peaked as a result of he was pissed off and felt he might do extra to assist his crew, however he took duty for his habits.
“I at all times really feel I might help the crew. I’m a crew participant and it hurts to see my crew battle,” he mentioned. “That is why I used to be pissed off and my feelings peaked. There isn’t a excuse for my habits in any respect. I simply wish to make positive everybody is aware of I’m absolutely dedicated to this program and am prepared to do no matter I am requested by my coaches. I’ll by no means let this occur once more and this error on no account displays who I’m. I made a mistake and I take full possession.”
Getting Fletcher again might not be season-altering for Kentucky, however at this level, it must be glad for the depth. The Wildcats are 1-6 on the season after falling to rival Louisville over the weekend, its worst begin to a season since 1926-1927. They open up convention play on Saturday with a highway recreation towards Mississippi State.