Since ending his career as a DeMatha basketball player back in the winter, Markelle Fultz has seen his stock go up big time.
He featured his talents at the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic. During the summer, the newest Washington Huskie guard attended the Stephen Curry Select Camp, and helped the Team USA U18 team win the gold medal in the FIBA Americas.
Right after that, the 2015 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Player of the Year traveled with Washington to Australia, and New Zealand for the Foreign Tour where he averaged 21.4 points per game.
It gets better.
In the latest NBA Mock Draft by DraftExpress, Fultz jumped over players like Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Dennis Smith and Josh Jackson to be the first overall pick. Just think, two years ago he was on DeMatha’s junior varsity team.
Now, the college basketball season is a good ways away. But that didn’t stop CBS Sports writers Gary Parrish, and Matt Norlander asking college coaches on which player they would want on their team. Duke’s Grayson Allen was the top player coaches wanted as he took 13 percent of the votes.
Coming in at second was Fultz, who took 12 percent of the votes. Duke freshman Harry Giles finished third followed by Maryland guard Melo Trimble. Villanova’s Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins made the list as well.
So, what makes Fultz so valuable? The answer to this question is his potential. Standing at 6-foot-5 with a 6-foot-9 wingspan, Fultz has a good frame for a one or two guard. He can score the ball from anywhere on the floor and at a high level.
Fultz is also a solid ball handler, and his excellent court vision is the reason he can distribute the ball efficiently. Another thing about Fultz is that he is a hardworking player that continues to get better everyday.
Washington took a big hit when Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray made the leap into the NBA. Despite that, the arrival of Fultz should draw plenty excitement within the Huskie fan base.