Before former DeMatha standout Markelle Fultz played a single minute in a college basketball game, he was regarded as the potential top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Fultz was named a Preseason All-American and he’s being called Washington’s most coveted recruit in school history.
When Fultz made his debut on Sunday, he did not fail to impress even though the Huskies fell to Yale 98-90.
The McDonald’s All-American finished the game with 30 points (11-17 FG), seven rebounds, six assists, a block, and he was 6-10 from the free throw line.
He join a list of freshmen like UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, TJ Leaf, Duke’s Frank Jackson and Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, who shined in their first collegiate game.
Huskies forward Matisse Thybulle tallied 20 points, four rebounds, and six blocks. Washington shot 58.9 percent from the field. Yale shot 46.5 percent, but they tallied more rebounds and assist than the Huskies.
Fultz and the Huskies will be back in action Thursday when they take on Cal State Fullerton.
Trimble and Cowan carried the Terps over American
No. 25 Maryland kicked off the season with a 62-56 win over American University on Friday. It wasn’t the best game for the Terps as they almost lost.
Maryland shot 38 percent from the floor and committed 19 turnovers. But, one thing to take away from the victory was Melo Trimble and Anthony Cowan can coexist in the backcourt.
Cowan started at point, while Trimble played the two guard position. Trimble scored 22 points (9-19 FG), and four assists. The former St. John’s guard registered 12 points (3-4 FG), nine rebounds, and shot 5-6 from the free throw line.
Freshman Kevin Huerter started for the Terps and scored six points. Transfer L.G. Gill chipped in 11 points off the bench.
The Terps next game will be on the road against Georgetown on Tuesday.