One of the top guards in the country, Markelle Fultz, is making good on his last chance to impress coaches this spring/summer before he ultimately decides on a school. Based on how he is doing on the Under Armour Association (UAA) circuit this spring, he will have his choice of basically any school he wants to attend.
Fultz, a 6’4” shooting guard from Upper Marlboro, Maryland (DeMatha Catholic High School), is one of the more explosive guards in the 2016 basketball recruiting class. He has off-the-charts athleticism to go along with a solid, fundamental game. As a guard, he can do a little bit of everything: score, pass, defend and hustle.
However, Fultz is best at scoring and using his God-given abilities to the fullest. He loves to have the ball in his hands and just loves to take over, as he is fearless. Fultz is great at slicing through the lane, drawing contact and more often than not, finishing with authority.
Although his game is well-rounded as it is, Fultz still wants to work on his game this spring and wants his team to excel in the process.
“I’m just looking forward to leading my team (DC Blue Devils) to a championship,” Fultz said while participating in Under Amour’s event in Ardsley, New York over Memorial Day weekend. There is no shortage of confidence in Fultz as he added, “I want to show the world that I’m the best in the nation.”
It is with that bravado that makes Fultz a confident, yet not cocky player on the court. His teammates thrive and feed off his swagger.
“We’re doing good right now,” said Fultz when referring to how his season is going with the Blue Devils. “We played a lot of tough games (they are 7-5 through 12 games). I think we have a good chance to win the whole thing (UAA finals are in Atlanta July 15-20).”
As you would expect, Fultz finds himself near the top of the UAA leader board in most scoring categories. He is third in both points per game(18.3 ppg) and total points (220). His 46 free throws made are eighth on the circuit. Fultz has also racked up 24 steals, which ranks tied for fourth.
While he is certainly having a great AAU season, Fultz knows he has things to work on.
“Defensively, guarding all positions and (gaining) weight and getting stronger,” Fultz said about what he has to work on the most this spring/summer.
Fultz said he got invited to the Steph Curry camp and the NBA top-100 camp and he’s looking to make one, final lasting impression. He currently ranks as the No. 23 prospect by Scout.com, No. 24 by Rivals.com and No. 21 by ESPN.
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When it comes to recruiting, Fultz knows he has a difficult decision ahead of him.
“It’s hard to say, all of them are doing a great job,” said Fultz on which schools are recruiting him the hardest. Fultz mentioned Louisville, Kentucky, Maryland, Washington, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Arizona as some schools showing him love, but he added there are “a lot” more suitors.
When asked if Maryland was pushing hard for him to stay local, Fultz said without a doubt.
“They’re (asking) me to stay home and see my Mom every day and (so) she could come and give me a home-cooked meal” Fultz said about what head coach Mark Turgeon and his staff are selling at Maryland. “They’re going to be pretty good next year and they are recruiting me very hard to stay home and get some (more) D.C. talent there.”
Fultz was scheduled to visit Arizona this past weekend but that was postponed until August. Undoubtedly more schools will be getting visits soon enough. Expect Fultz to be a five-star prospect and probable McDonald’s All American when it is all said and done.
He’ll be a name to remember for the 2016 class.
Here are some recent highlights of Fultz’ game via YouTube: