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Monday, October 11, 2004

The Daily Mail

Via a very simple website, big news.

Adam Fletcher, the St. Albans star regarded as West Virginia's best high school big man in the Class of 2005, has made a verbal commitment with Miami of Ohio.

Fletcher, who averaged 21.0 points and 12.1 rebounds for the Red Dragons as a junior, called Red Hawk assistant coach Frankie Smith with his decision Sunday night...

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Fletcher, who already has reached academically qualifying test scores and carries a 3.75 grade point average, said he will sign with Coach Charlie Coles' program during the Division I basketball early signing period next month...

Miami was one of seven Mid-American Conference schools to offer a scholarship to Fletcher, who had solid offers from more than 20 Division I schools.

Is Fletcher ready to contribute from Day One? Probably not. Is he a Top 100 prospect? No. Then why all the fuss? Because "you can't teach height." And because when a player receives scholarship offers from seven (!) MAC schools, there's a very good chance he's legit.

Miami of Ohio has a reputation for NCAA upsets. Don't expect to hear much about Fletcher for the next couple years. But come 2007 and 2008, watch him help bust a bracket or two.