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Fletcher (formerly Lexing) next Lincoln star to sign D1 basketball scholarship

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:50 am with No Comments »
November 14, 2012 10:50 am
Colorado basketball recruit Tre'Shaun Fletcher (formerly Lexing) poses with a personalized Buffaloes' poster. His mother, Bobby, is on the right.

Seniors at Lincoln High School received a tutorial Wednesday on how to buy graduation caps, gowns, rings – and earn an NCAA Division I basketball scholarship.

The Abes packed a lot in a grand celebration in their school auditorium, highlighted by national-letter-of-intent signing of standout forward Tre’Shaun Fletcher (formerly Tre’Shaun Lexing), who is headed off to Colorado on scholarship.

Fletcher became the first Lincoln player to sign with an NCAA Division I team since Justin Holt did with Oregon State in 2002 – and just the fourth Abes’ player in the past 35 years.

As he was introduced, and made his way to the stage for a few brief remarks, Fletcher got a few words into his prepared statement before the emotion of the achievement overwhelmed him.

He walked off the stage, and directly to his mother, Bobby, who gave her son a bear-hug – all to a rousing ovation.

Bobby then escorted him back to the stage where he finished his remarks.

“I’m getting ready to get down to Boulder (Colo.) … and do my thing,” he concluded.

Afterward, the soft-spoken teenager reflected on what was a trying half-hour in front of his peers.

“It was tough – with everything I had to overcome from my childhood,” said Fletcher, who grew up in Arkansas before moving to Tacoma. “I just felt good. I am excited. I am really happy.

“And I love my mom with all my heart.”

He also expanded on his decision to play for the Buffaloes.

“I knew that is where I wanted to go right away,” Fletcher said. “The players and the system they run, I fit in well with. It is everything I need. It is a good fit for me.”

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