Offers piling up for Fultz

HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- Markell Fultz, a 6-foot-4 guard, is having a breakout season for DeMatha Catholic.

This time last year Markelle Fultz wasn’t playing varsity at WCAC power Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic. Now the 6-foot-4 junior guard has double digit scholarship offers.

Fultz’s play on Saturday at the National High School Hoops Festival certainly warranted the type of offers that have been coming his way. Fultz scored a team-high 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting.

A solid athlete, Fultz did majority of his damage from mid-range. He showed a comfort level pulling up off one or two dribbles and nailing shots from that area. He also had a couple finishes at the rim, battled for rebounds and played with intensity.

The was a big crowd of coaches at the Hoops Festival, including schools like Maryland, Georgetown and Wake Forest, who are actively recruiting Fultz.

“Recruiting is going pretty well,” Fultz said. “I have a lot of schools looking at me. I’m enjoying it right now. I’m really enjoying it. From going from no scholarship offers to now having over 14 offers is overwhelming.”

Did Fultz see this type of attention coming?

“Everybody told me I had potential so I just listened to them and kept working, so kind of,” he responded.

Fultz currently claims scholarship offers from DePaul, Georgetown, Maryland, Towson, Washington and Xavier. He’s already taken unofficial visits to Georgetown, Maryland and Xavier.

“I plan to start taking visits in January,” Fultz said. “Hopefully I can have my decision done by May. I’m just taking it as it goes right now and trying to find the best fit for me.”

“I know I definitely want to visit Washington because it’s in Seattle,” he added. “I definitely want to visit there. There are a couple more schools, but it’s hard to say.”

Fultz cited a strong relationship with a Washington assistant as one of the reason he’s developed interest in the Huskies.

“I talk to coach [Raphael] Chillious a lot,” Fultz said. “He texts me. I keep in touch with him three times a week. It’s a pretty good relationship.”

Fultz, who plays with the DC Blue Devils in the spring and summer, is a regarded as a four-star prospect on Scout.

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