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Edwardsville rising senior Fletcher makes pledge to SIUC

Edwardsville rising senior Fletcher makes pledge to SIUC

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Edwardsville forward Armon Fletcher won’t be going very far away to continue his basketball career.

Fletcher recently made a verbal commitment to Southern Illinois Carbondale, picking the Salukis over Ball State and SIU Edwardsville.

“It’s close to home and the coaching staff is really loving,” he said. “They accept you as one of their own. There is a loving environment.”

The Edwardsville rising senior, a 6-foot-6, 180-pounder, could play either small forward or power forward once he arrives on campus in Carbondale. He said his strengths include getting to the basket and scoring in transition and on the offensive glass.

Fletcher had a breakout junior season with the Tigers, using his versatility on both ends of the floor to be a major contributor to the team that went 31-3, finished third in the Illinois Class 4A tournament and ended the year as the No. 1 team in the STLhighschoolsports.com large-schools rankings.

He averaged 10 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. He made 60.8 percent (124 of 204) of his field goal attempts and 83.2 percent (84 of 101) of his free-throw tries.

Fletcher, who played with the SW Illinois Jets this summer, is the second area rising senior to pledge to Salukis coach Barry Hinson recently, following Fort Zumwalt North combo guard Chaz Glotta. He is also the second Edwardsville player in two years to pledge to a Division I school, following Garret Covington (Western Illinois).

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