Fletcher headed to Alderson-Broaddaus

Fletcher headed to Alderson-Broaddaus


Fletcher headed to Alderson-Broaddaus


Layke Fletcher became the go-to scoring threat for a young Philo squad this past season.

The senior led the Electrics in scoring (18.3), 3-point percentage (37.8), free throw percentage (82.4) and assists (2.5).

His development and ability to score were noticed by Alderson-Broaddaus University, as Fletcher signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the Division II program on Thursday.

He will receive an academic scholarship and major in sports management, as he joins Zanesville senior Malik Bocook at the school. Bocook made his verbal commitment last week.

Fletcher was looking at Muskingum University, but could not pass up the opportunity to compete on the Division II level.

The Battlers were 22-7 and won their second Great Midwest Athletic Conference Championship last season.

“The campus felt like home,” Fletcher said. “The coaches are on top of basketball as well as the academics. They told me the basketball team had the highest team GPA of all sports at the school, and that was important.”

The past two years have been a transformation for Fletcher. As a junior, he was a role player on a senior-laden team, but this past season was a role reversal. He was one of four seniors on the roster and had to set the example for the underclassmen.

“I leaned on Zak (Sheridan), Chase (Hambel) and Hunter (Smith). I knew I wasn’t the No. 1 option and took to my role,” Fletcher said. “I had to grow up real fast, and I realized I had to be a leader.”

Along with leadership, improving on the court was a must. Fletcher credited dedication in the offseason and a gain in confidence in aiding his development.

“My junior year I was hesitant and not a great shooter,” he said. “If I had a shot, I took it, but even in practice, the coaches had to tell me to shoot it. This summer I worked on learning how to shoot off the dribble and putting myself in difficult situations I would face.”

The past two years have been a valuable learning experience. Fletcher is ready for the next challenge.

“I’m excited to keep going,” he said. “It feels great after working for four years and now I get this chance.”



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