Fultz makes trio of visits

He was under the radar coming into the summer, but now Markelle Fultz is making himself a household name.

For class of 2016 guard Markelle Fultz it was a busy weakened. Not only did the Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic guard participate in the John Lucas Camp, but he has made a trio of college visits.

After playing junior varsity as a sophomore things have exploded on the recruiting trail for Fultz lately. High-major offers have come pouring in, and Fultz says that the hard work has paid off.

“It has been an honor to get all of these offers,” said Fultz. “I have been working on elevating my shot, my ball handling, and being more explosive.”

Recruiting wise Fultz now has offers from Maryland, Memphis, Miami, Cincinnati, Xavier, DePaul, and South Carolina. Also Louisville has picked things up on the recruiting trail with Fultz as well.

After participating at the John Lucas Camp over the weekend in Louisville, Fultz made the trip north to Cincinnati on Sunday to see both Cincinnati and Xavier, and then finished things off with an unofficial visit to Louisville on Monday.

About the visit to Louisville, Fultz said, “The Louisville campus was great. They have their own practice gym, they had a nice weight room, and it was just real nice. Also Louisville has a great crowd and they fill their building. I have been in contact with their assistant coach. He has been texting me and calling pretty much every week.”

This wasn’t Fultz’s first time on campus at Xavier, he had visited in the past, and Fultz says he has a good relationship with the coaches.

“Xavier has been in contact with me a lot,” noted Fultz. “I’ve been up there for an unofficial visit before, and then (Sunday) I went to go see them practice. I have a real good relationship with Coach Mike Pegues and Coach (Chris) Mack, they really like me. Also I like the school atmosphere and how it is a basketball school. They have no football team and I think that is unique.”

Since Cincinnati and Xavier are located roughly 10 minutes from each other it was easy to hit up both schools, and like Xavier, Fultz enjoyed his visit to the Bearcats campus.

“Cincinnati had a real nice campus and they have plans to re-model their gym,” said Fultz. “Also they have a great atmosphere at their games. I liked the visit a lot, they have a big weight room, and I like the coaches there as well.”

One school that Fultz is very familiar with is Maryland. The Maryland campus is only minutes from his high school, and he said picking up that offer was big.

“It was great to get an offer from Maryland,” said Fultz. “I am blessed to have an offer from my local team. It is right down the street from DeMatha, and that was a real good offer to get.”

At this point Fultz has no specific timeframe for a decision, but he does know what he will be looking for in a school.

“I think I am looking for a place where I can play as a freshman, who is going to get me prepared for the next level, and educational wise who will best prepare me for life after basketball,” noted Fultz. “Those are the things I look for the most.”

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