Kentucky announced Cam’Ron Fletcher’s decision to enter the transfer portal on Saturday as coach John Calipari offered his comments on the situation and support for the freshman.

Fletcher appeared in 8 games with one start in 2020-21. He scored 15 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, had five steals and shot 53.8 percent from the field. The first glimpse at trouble came during the North Carolina game when Fletcher was visibly frustrated on the bench, and then was sent away from the team for a period of time before he ultimately returned.

“Although this season did not go the way any of us wanted to, being a part of the Kentucky men’s basketball program has been a great experience,” Fletcher said in a release by the program. “I would like to thank all of my coaches and teammates and especially the Big Blue Nation for making my time here so special. I grew so much this season, not only on the court but as a man and I’ll be forever thankful for this opportunity. However, with careful thought and consideration, my family and I have decided it is in my best interest to explore other options and enter my name into the transfer portal.”

Calipari offered a positive response to the news.

“Cam came so far as a teammate and as a player this season,” Calipari said. “He improved in all areas and I wish he would have had more opportunities to show everything he worked on. He matured as a person this season and I know he will have great success in whatever path he chooses. I support his decision and I will do anything to help him with his career.”