Potomac High School’s Myia Fletcher didn’t expect to be playing college basketball next winter, let alone Division I college basketball. But after putting together a stellar senior season, and following that up with an appearance in the Roundball Classic, the 5-foot-6 guard has earned a spot on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff women’s team and received a full academic scholarship.
“It means a lot,” said Fletcher, whose 22.6 points per game ranked second in Prince George’s County. “There’s a lot of players that don’t have any option to go out of state, or anywhere period. It’s a good accomplishment for me and my family. It’s a big, big turning point.”
Fletcher came into her own as a scorer last season, reaching 30 points four times, including a 46-point game in a win over Central. Following the season she played in the Roundball Classic’s Mid-Atlantic Premier Game, which featured top local talent including Prince George’s County Gazette Player of the Year Chloe Jackson and Montgomery County Gazette Player of the Year Kelli Prange.
“That got my name out there,” said Fletcher, who had previously received a verbal offer from Shepherd University, a Division II school in West Virginia.
A signing ceremony was held at Potomac last week.
“I think it just shows the potential of our program,” Potomac coach Eli Horowitz said. “... That you can come to Potomac, play Division I, and be successful.”
Fletcher said she plans to make her first trip to Arkansas in early June.
“Moving down there is going to be a big culture shock but I think the coaching staff and teammates will make me feel welcome,” she said.
— Eric Goldwein