|Year of Graduation:||1991-1994|
MC Head Basketball Coach Randy Lambert is always looking for talent for his program on the basketball court, no matter the age. He first spotted our next inductee as an 8th grader at Lenoir City Middle School in 1979. His instincts were spot on and Scott Fletcher would eventually become one of the best post players under Lambert’s direction and school history.
The Lenoir City native came to MC among a host of talented individuals in 1985-1986. Seniors Raymond Burnett, Tom Robinson, and Paul Mills were looking for a spark from the underclassmen after losing DeAngelo McDaniel, Dan Kirkpatrick, and Tyrone Matthews from the 1984-1985 ODAC Championship squad. In one of Coach Lambert’s strongest recruiting classes a perimeter standout in Pat Heldman and a pair of strong inside players Dean Walsh and Scott Fletcher were set to excel in the orange and garnet. Heldman and Fletcher were named the squad’s top freshmen after Scott helped MC to a 14-12 overall record and an 8-7 mark in the ODAC. The strong post player shot 42% from the field while hitting 70% of his free-throws in 15 games played.
“This team has finally learned how to win,” stated Coach Lambert. “We now walk onto the floor knowing that we can be competitive with any of our opponents.”
Fletcher’s sophomore year set the tone for his fierce play inside the paint. In the course of his first two seasons, Scott was one of the first players to join in a bench clearing brawl. Although not known for his fighting ability, his teammates respected him as a leader even with his collegiate inexperience. Key wins over Hampden Sydney , Emory & Henry, Tusculum, and Lynchburg highlighted a 11-15 season, Coach Lambert’s last losing season over the past 25 years. Fletcher gained 1st Team All-ODAC honors and was named the team’s Most Valuable player after leading the team in scoring 16 of the Scots’ 26 games. He torched Lynchburg for a career high 33 points and scored 26 against both Emory & Henry and Hampden-Sydney. He led the team from his power forward position while averaging 16.4 points per game. He was also strong on the boards averaging 5.4 per contest. He shot an amazing 60% from the floor. Lambert is quoted in the Highland Echo that, “Fletcher has shown that he can score against any type of defense or any type of defender…if you get him the ball inside, Fletch is going to score.”
MC’s basketball winning tradition is founded in this transitional year. Wall of Fame inductee Brett Stanley and Manny Moore were added to the mix of Stan Ballard and the trio of Walsh, Fletcher, and Heldman. Fletcher’s Scots went 11-3 in ODAC challenges, MC’s last year in the conference en route to a 19-7 overall mark. Playing in all 25 games, Scott shot 58% from the field averaging a team-high 14.6 points per game. He continued to average over six rebounds a game leading the team. Fletcher along with teammate Stan Ballard earned All-ODAC honors.
The 1988-89 season was a great conclusion to Scott Fletcher’s MC basketball career. This 6’4” post player and team co-captain was named as a member of the N.C. Wesleyan All-Tournament Team and he was also named the Coca Cola Classic Tournament MVP. He tossed in 30 points twice against Warren Wilson and Centre and led the team in scoring seven times in MC’s balanced attack. Four players Stanley, Andry, Walsh, and Fletcher each averaged double figures in scoring for the season. MC finished 18-8 as their first year as an independent in the NCAA Division III. He finished the season averaging 16.5 points per game while hitting 63% of his shots from the field. He led the team with his seven rebounds a game. Post season accolades were tough for an independent team, but Fletcher was honored along with Pat Heldman as being the Scots’ Most valuable players.
Scott will go down in history as the 17th leading scorer and a member of the MC basketball 1,000 point club with a total of 1,209 points. He accumulated close to 500 rebounds in his career. He also holds the career field goal percentage mark at an amazing 60.1%. For his career, he averaged right at 16 points a game while bringing down six rebounds a game.
Coach Lambert had this to say about his post standout. “I never had to get Scott to play hard. He definitely out worked his competition and had great practice habits. Through his hard work, he matured into one of the top inside players in the South Region and is among an elite group of those to wear a Maryville uniform.
Upon graduation with a major in Business, Fletcher quickly used his experience and education that he gained to become a mover and shaker in the business world. After being introduced to John Thornton, Scott began his career in the carpet business and progressively moved up the corporate ladder. Later, he went on to develop his own very successful textile business. Although Scott is known for his success on the court, he has also excelled as a husband, father, business man, and civic leader in the community. According to Coach Lambert, “I am most proud of Scott for what he has done since he left Maryville College. He is a credit to our college. He has taken his experience as a student and an athlete and made the most of it.”
Ladies and gentlemen. Please help me welcome Scott Fletcher to the 2012 Class of the Maryville College Wall of Fame.