College basketball offers a limited window of opportunity, and as much as he might have wanted it otherwise, Tre'Shaun Fletcher saw that window closing for him at the University of Colorado.
Fletcher averaged a career-best 7.1 points this past season, but he wasn't so proud to be unable to see the writing on the wall in regards to his playing time. Fletcher shared two starting spots for much of the year with George King and Josh Fortune, and his minutes lagged down the stretch.
Those minutes were likely to dwindle further next year with Xavier Johnson's injury return and the addition of transfer Derrick White. With just one season left to enjoy the best that college basketball has to offer, Fletcher wanted to spend it at a place where he would see the court more often.
"I didn't really see myself having a lot of opportunities next year (at CU)," Fletcher said. "If I stayed there I probably would have been even less of a factor my senior year. It was certainly a basketball decision. Nothing bad off the court happened or anything like that.
"It was tough because I've been there for three years and built a great relationship with the guys. But hopefully this is the best for everyone."
Fletcher was quick to add there was no bad blood between himself and the coaching staff, a sentiment that has been echoed repeatedly by head coach Tad Boyle. Fletcher also noted that after he sits out the 2016-17 season per NCAA transfer rules, he will be in line to help replace Toledo star Jonathan Williams, a guard who averaged 17.6 points this past season as a junior.
"They play in a good little league," Fletcher said. "I should be able to be on the court more, and I think it will put me in a better position for life after college."