Markelle Fultz from DeMatha Catholic High School had made a huge leap this season as he went from playing junior varsity basketball to being one of the hottest players in the country. In the latest 2016 ESPN Top-100 ranking, Fultz was listed as a five-star and ranked 21st.
The five-star shooting guard story about he got where he is at today is interesting. He played on the freshmen team during his freshmen year. Fultz dominated on junior varsity his sophomore. And in his junior year, Markelle was able play on the varsity squad where he made a name for himself. Fultz averaged 16.3 points per game which was good for fourth in the WCAC. He scored a career high of 28 points against Bishop McNamara and St. Mary’s Ryken. He led DeMatha back to the Championship and was named the WCAC Player of the Year.
Markelle is a hard-working player that continues to improve on his game. And all that hard work is starting to pay off as he is getting a lot of attention from some of the top basketball programs in the nation. He has received offers from schools like Maryland, Kansas, Virginia, Ohio State, NC State, Louisville, and other big time basketball schools in the country.
Paul VI forward VJ King joined Markelle Fultz in the 2016 ESPN Top-100. Just like Fultz, ESPN listed King as a five-star and ranked the 25th best junior in the country. Before he played for Paul VI, King was playing basketball at St. Vincent Mary’s High School in Ohio. VJ was a very talented player when he was at St. Mary’s and he just brought it to Paul VI. The six-foot seven forward was second in the WCAC in scoring with 18.5 points per game and was named First Team All-WCAC. VJ had a huge list offers but cut his list of top schools to five. His top choices were Kentucky, Louisville, Arizona, Virginia, and Connecticut.
To be named the 21st and 25th best players in the country is a big accomplishment. Both players are very talented and will be major help to any college they decide to go to. Next season will be a big season for VJ King and Markelle Fultz. All eyes will be on him to see if they can still live up to the hype they have received.
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Ryan McFadden is the President of Inside The Locker Room. He was a sports writer for the DeMatha Stagline and commentator for DeMatha Television. In the fall he will be attending IONA College. Follow him on Twitter @RMcFadden15